Benin, the small neighbour of the giant Nigeria, benefits from political stability yet poverty and malnutrition is high. Agriculture plays a big role in Benin's economy but is too reliant on the cotton sector and small farms have very low productivity. In the Northern drier part of the country, dryland cereals are major food crops. Along with groundnut, sorghum and millet research, ICRISAT works with Beninese researchers to promote more sustainable farming practices for better yields and environmental outcomes.
32% - Share of Benin's agriculture in national GDP
47.3% - Share of Benin's population living below the poverty line
25 - 40% - The share of cotton in Benin’s registered exports
+300 kg/ha - Yield gain observed by some Beninese cotton farmers while applying following sustainable pest control