Benin

Introduction:

Benin lies on the coast of West Africa. Of the 10.87 million residents, 56% live in rural areas. The agricultural sector contributes 33% to the gross domestic product and 75% to the export revenue of the country. Around 70% of the population works in agriculture. The sup­ply chains of rice, soybeans and poultry were selected for the green innovation centers. Rice is Benin’s most impor­tant import product. It makes up more than half of the import volume and almost 44% of the import value, while poultry (chicken and turkey) makes up over 10% of the import volume and 22.4% of the import value. In terms of exports, rice represents 9.1% of export volume and 1.3% of export value. Exports of soy products and poultry are negligible; less than 1% for each product. Other important sup­ply chains are maize, pineapple and cashews. The national diet strongly relies on starchy staples, which provide 70% of the total dietary energy supply. Dietary diversity is lacking, notaby in terms of protein, fruits and vegetables.

Read the full PARI country dossier here, and read the country innovation study on the status of agricultural innovations, innovation platforms and innovation investments in Benin here.

Benin on eAtlas

Publications

Global Innovation Index 2017 Report Now Available

Change in crop management strategies could double the maize yield in Africa

PARI Annual Report 2016

Smartphone App: Food-Recommender

The ReSAKSS Country eAtlases

2017

The ReSAKSS Country eAtlases is a GIS-based mapping tool designed to help policy analysts and policymakers access and use high quality and highly disaggregated data on agricultural, socio-economic, and bio-physical indicators to guide agricultural policy and investment decisions.

Country Innovation Studies

2016 | Prepared by the PARI national partners and FARA

The Innovation Studies for the 12 African PARI countries provide an overview of the status of agricultural innovations, innovation platforms and innovation investment in the respective country. Read more Country Innovation Studies

Policy brief series: Agricultural innovations in Benin

On the use of agricultural system models for exploring technological innovations across scales in Africa: A critical review

2016 | R.P. Rötter | F.L. Sehomi | J.G. Höhn | J.K. Niemi | M. van den Berg

Published as: ZEF – Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 23, Center for Development Research, Bonn.

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PARI Annual Report 2015

PARI Policy Brief No. 1: Strategic Directions for Development Collaboration for Food Security and Agricultural Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tapping Potentials of Innovation for Food Security and Sustainable Agricultural Growth – an Africa-wide Perspective

2015 | C. Husmann | J. von Braun | O. Badiane | Y. Akinbamijo | O.A. Fatunbi | D. Virchow

A study for the special initiative  “One World, No Hunger” of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Report on Potentials and Cooperation Opportunities in African Countries

2015 | J. von Braun et al.

Summary of a report on potentials and possibilities for German collaboration in agriculture in the 12 PARI countries.

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Potentials and Possibilities for German Collaboration in Agriculture – 12 Country Dossiers

Regional trade and volatility in staple food markets in Africa