For further information contact USADF's country coordinator.
Country Program Coordinator
Mr. Eric Newman
08 B.P. 546 Cotonou
Zone Résidentielle, lot 116
Tel: (229) 21 31 60 59
Fax: (229) 21 31 60 67
USADF began programming in Benin in 1986
Focus: Improving food security among the most marginalized populations by investing in agriculture, livestock, and other livelihood activities.
Marginalized: Approximately 70 percent of USADF grants promote economic development in areas where more than half of the population lives in extreme poverty. USADF funds groups living with disabilities to increase their incomes and to improve their household food security. Other grants focus on women, people living with HIV/AIDS and those living remote areas.
Food Security: Benin’s rural economy is based on agriculture, mainly cotton. The cotton subsector faces many difficulties despite the efforts by the government. The poverty rate has increased considerably in rural and suburban areas, especially among women and young unemployed men who constitute the production force of the country. USADF invests in economic sectors such as maize, soybeans and alternative crops such as locust beans and fonio that serve as a primary source of income to many underserved groups.