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September 22, 2021

West Africa continues to face enormous challenges in the production, distribution, and widespread use of certified seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. These agri-inputs are normally not delivered to farmers as a package (seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and best practices), leaving farmers incapable of fully benefiting from advanced technologies and innovation. To improve agricultural productivity, the agri-input delivery system requires a holistic approach that considers access, affordability, availability and incentives for farmers to adopt technological packages.

September 22, 2021

Fertilizer use in West Africa has stagnated around 8 -14 kg nutrients/ha for the past decade, far below the goal of 50 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) set for 2015 by the Abuja Declaration. Efforts to increase fertilizer use by smallholder farmers have had sporadic successes, but no long-lasting impact on crop productivity, food security, and economic growth in the region.

September 22, 2021

The shea industry in West Africa is rapidly expanding. Demand for shea produced in the region has grown by 600% over the past 20 years, and shea is now an important ingredient in food and cosmetic products worldwide. The industry is centered on women; more than 16 million rural women in Africa contribute to their household incomes by collecting and processing shea kernels.

August 26, 2021

Some of the lowest rates of improved sanitation in the world are found in Benin (13 percent), Côte d’Ivoire (14 percent), and Ghana (28 percent). Each country lacks affordable options for safe disposal and treatment of human waste. Densely populated areas, such as slum communities, have limited space to construct household toilets, and land disputes coupled with a lack of urban planning complicate this problem.

August 24, 2021

Access rates to improved sanitation across West Africa are some of the lowest in the world. For example, in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, access is 13, 14, and 28 percent respectively. Within each of these countries there is a lack of affordable options for safe disposal and treatment of human waste. Specifically, densely populated areas, such as slum communities, have limited space to construct household toilets, and land disputes often coupled with a lack of urban planning complicate access to sanitation.

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Last updated: October 17, 2022

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