Mali is among the poorest countries in the world with 65% of its land area desert or semi desert. Economic activity is largely confined to the riverine area irrigated by the Niger Economic activity is largely confined to the riverine area irrigated by the Niger. Mali's industries are mainly limited to the processing of farm commodities, construction, and the manufacture of basic consumer goods. Its main exports Gold and cotton account for the bulk of Mali's export revenues; livestock and fish are also exported. The main imports are petroleum, machinery and equipment, construction materials, food, and textiles. Mali's chief trading partners are China, France, Senegal, and Thailand.