Agrifood systems

A timely, empirical study on agricultural growth and opportunities in West Africa

West African agriculture is at a turning point, thanks to a combination of population growth, urbanisation, dietary diversification and higher output prices in the region. This comprehensive study presents a strong empirical foundation to inform ongoing policy reforms and investment choices nationally and regionally. Importantly, it argues for taking into consideration diversity, ensuring differentiated sets of policies are developed from farming to agro-processing to retailing. Structured in four parts, research is presented on the drivers and trends of transforming agrifood systems; demand and consumption trends; agrifood systems’ market responses; and policies for agrifood systems development in West Africa. The report argues that three things are needed to achieve sustainable agricultural growth in West Africa: an improved policy environment; critical public-sector investments in infrastructure, extension and research; and strengthened policy implementation. This is essential reading for practitioners and policymakers interested in West African agriculture, as well as farmers, scientists and other actors involved in this growing sector.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.