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In the early years of the 21st Century

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According to the Climate Change Knowledge Portal, Benin is vulnerable to extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. In 2010, Benin experienced its worst floods since 1963, which resulted in the loss of lives and property. In 2023, Benin was one of the top 10 African countries facing record-breaking heat waves, with temperatures reaching 82.45°F.  Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Benin

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 10 November 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

During the first two years of President TALON’s administration, which began in April 2016, the government has followed an ambitious action plan to kickstart development through investments in infrastructure, education, agriculture, and governance. Electricity generation, which has constrained Benin’s economic growth, has increased and blackouts have been considerably reduced.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,300 (2017 est.)

GDP – composition by sector of origin

agriculture: 26.1% (2017 est.)

industry: 22.8% (2017 est.)

services: 51.1% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 1% (2014 est.)

Population below poverty line: 36.2% (2011 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 397 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 58.7 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 61.4 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 76.4% of population

Physicians density: 0.05 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 36% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 41.4% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Benin

[accessed 21 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Benin

[accessed 16 April 2021]

The World Bank supports Benin’s poverty reduction strategy to increase growth, improve basic services access, governance and institutional capacity building.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 14 December 2020]

Agriculture is the most important sector in the Benin economy, accounting for some 36% of GDP (2001). About 90% of this output is produced on family farms using low-technology inputs and focusing primarily on domestically consumed crops, such as maize, sorghum, millet, paddy rice, cassava, yams, and beans. Typically, Benin is self-sufficient in food. Cotton, palm oil, and groundnuts are grown and exchanged for cash.

The government was pursuing liberal economic policies, but rapid population growth, inefficient state-owned enterprises, and high civil service salaries continue to offset economic growth. Corruption remains a major obstacle to economic development.

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