West Africa / Sahel
- West Africa has been defined as including 17 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, the island nation of Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the islands of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo
- Area: 1,974,103 sq mi (approx. 20x the size of the State of Michigan)
- Population approx. 362 million in 2016
- Climate: In West Africa there are four different climate regions which consists of humid, tropical, savanna, desert, and steppe.
Fun fact: The West African nation of Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world. West Africa is also home to Lake Volta, the world's largest artificial lake.
Main Research Themes
- Input Use and Market Development
- Policy Research and Capacity Building
- Training and Capacity Building
- Value Chain Analysis
Publications and Presentations
Trading out of Poverty: WTO Agreements and the West African Agriculture. A Report of the Food Security II Cooperative Agreement
Published on October 1, 2002
IDWP 80. Kofi Nouve, John Staatz, David Schweikhardt, and Mbaye Yade. October 2002. 36 pp.
Food Security Policy and the Competitiveness of Agriculture in the Sahel: A Summary of the "Beyond Mindelo" Seminar
Published on January 1, 1989
IDWP 32. Thomas S. Jayne and Nicholas Minot. 1989. 27 pp.