West Africa Regional

Region Profile
West Africa Regional
Population
290
million
The 16 countries of West Africa have a total population of 290 million
GDP Growth
5.8
percent
GDP grew at a rate of 5.89% annually over the past 10 years
Poverty
50
percent
Half of West Africans live on less than $1.25 per day
Labor
60
percent
Agriculture employs 60% of the active labor force; accounts for 35% of GDP
Nutrition
36
percent
36.7% of children under 5 suffer from stunting; 28.3% are underweight
Chronic undernutrition and food availability are core challenges

Political turmoil has plagued many countries in West Africa and threatened regional stability. Although the end of violence in Liberia, Sierra Lone, Guinea-Bissau, and Cote d’Ivoire is a critical step forward, humanitarian challenges remain within many countries in the region. West Africa is a highly diverse region in terms of agro-climatic conditions and agricultural production potential, as well as with respect to the distribution of vulnerable populations. In general, the northern regions of coastal countries and the landlocked Sahelian countries are relatively food insecure and impoverished. Additionally, rapid urbanization in the region is leading to increasing numbers of urban poor

Feed the Future West Africa is making core investments in five key areas:

1. Increasing Regional Trade in Staple Foods

  • Direct market facilitation
  • Market information systems development
  • Institutional capacity development

2. Increasing Capacity of Regional Agriculture Sector Actors

  • Institutional support and capacity building
  • Coordination and information system development
  • Nutritional and vulnerability assessments and reporting

3. Increasing Use of Resilient Agriculture Practices

  • Technology development and dissemination
  • Development and