Country

Benin

Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming. While the country has experienced economic growth over the past few years and is one of Africa's largest cotton producers, it ranks among the world's poorest countries. Cotton accounts for 40% of GDP and roughly 80% of official export receipts.

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  • 10 million people
  • 58 years life expectancy

General Information

Benin is a country in West Africa, bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population lives on its small southern coastline on the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital.

Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming. While the country has experienced economic growth over the past few years and is one of Africa's largest cotton producers, it ranks among the world's poorest countries. Cotton accounts for 40% of GDP and roughly 80% of official export receipts.

Benin’s population is approximately 10 million and is growing at an annual rate of 2,7%. Life expectancy is 58 years. The infant mortality rate in the country is recorded at approximately 68 deaths per 1000 live births.

Benin ranks 165 out of a total 187 countries in the UN Human Development Index, indicating one of the world’s lowest levels of economic and social development.

Themes in Benin

Economic Empowerment

In Benin, ICCO supports smallholder farmers in rural areas by linking them to markets and financial services. ICCO has a track record in the shea and soya value chain in Benin.

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