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Côte d 'Ivoire

( Ivory Coast )

In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook - Cote d'Ivoire

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 23 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

For the last 5 years Cote d'Ivoire's growth rate has been among the highest in the world. Cote d'Ivoire is heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly two-thirds of the population. Cote d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $3,900 (2017 est.)

GDP composition by sector of origin:

agriculture: 20.1% (2017 est.)

industry: 26.6% (2017 est.)

services: 53.3% (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 68% (2007 est.)

industry: --

services: --

Unemployment rate: 9.4% (2013 est.)

Population below poverty line: 46.3% (2015 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 617 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 59.1 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 61.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 79.2% of population

Physicians density: 0.23 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 54.5% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 64.3% (2016)

The Borgen Project – Cote D’Ivoire

[accessed 26 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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Action Against Hunger - Ivory Coast

[accessed 21 March 2021]

While the Ivory Coast is agriculturally rich in crops like cocoa, cotton, and cashew nut, post-election violence disrupted critical planting and harvesting times for farmers. Crop deficits, trade embargoes, and widespread poverty make the lean season—the routine period of food scarcity—difficult. As many people struggled to make ends meet for their own families, host families in the Ivory Coast and in neighboring Liberia had the added burden of caring for the hundreds of thousands of Ivorians who had been displaced by the conflict.

Currently, 46.3% of the population of Ivory Coast lives in poverty and 21.6% suffer from chronic acute malnutrition. Limited access to basic social services and low employability also impede sustained development.

The World Bank in Côte d'Ivoire

[accessed 18 April 2021]

As the world’s top exporter of cocoa and raw cashew nuts, a net exporter of oil, and with a significant manufacturing sector, Côte d’Ivoire is the largest economy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 26 January 2021]

Côte d'Ivoire's wealth rests essentially on the production of coffee, cocoa, cotton, and tropical woods, which account for over 40% of GDP and two-thirds of exports.

Due to the instability following the attempted coup that took place in 2002, and the resulting fighting, Côte d'Ivoire's economy suffered greatly, affecting everyone from business people to local artisans and farmers. Côte d'Ivoire's neighbors—including Burkina Faso and Mali—also felt the blow from the civil war.

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