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Benin agri reforms

President Talon’s agricultural policy still to be put to the test

Benin is still the leading cotton producer in West Africa, with more than 700,000 tons harvested in the 2020-2021 season. But while Benin's cotton sector has already benefited greatly from the country’s agricultural reforms, actors in other sectors are calling for more support.

President Patrice Talon has worked to develop the agricultural sector as a whole. This represents 25% of the nation’s GDP, employs 70% of the working population and provides 75% of the country’s export revenues.

However, sectors other than the cotton sector are still struggling. This is a sign that the reforms aimed at modernising the country’s agricultural sector have not yet borne all their fruit.

There has certainly been progress on one point: a boom in production including cashew nuts (from 91,608 tons in 2015 to 130,276 tons in 2019), soya (from 139,909 tons in 2015 to 257,000 tons in 2019), maize and rice, as well as market gardening (from 633,86 tons in 2015 to 706,346 tons in 2019).

Pineapple production, after increasing sharply until 2014, will remain at around 350,000 tons per year.

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