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. 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.

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2018 | P.Y. Adegbola | N.R. Ahoyo Adjovi | E. Houedjofonon | H. Elysée | S.E.P. Mensah

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Published as: Patrice Ygué Adegbola, Nestor René Ahoyo Adjovi, Elysée Houedjofonon and Serge Egide Paulin Mensah (2018) Socio-Economic Analysis of Promising Innovations in Benin. FARA Research Results Vol2(9)

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2018 | S. E. P. Mensah | P. Y. Adégbola | A. K. Edénakpo | N. A. Ahoyo | I. G. Tossa | O. A. Fatunbi

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Published as Mensah S.E.P. et al. (2018) Innovation Opportunities in the Small Ruminants livestock sector in Benin. FARA, INRAB and ZEF.

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The ReSAKSS Country eAtlases


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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

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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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