Getting West African food staples to market

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Agriculture is the economy’s key sector in Benin, West Africa. File Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

With a population of more than 340 million—and growing—West Africa is home to a third of the African continent. But the region is struggling to feed its people.

The World Bank believes governments can overcome this situation by creating an integrated regional trade market for food staples.

While rice, maize and cassava make up the bulk of the West African diet, the bank says crop yields are low and trade in these foods is mostly informal, usually at local markets.

A’Melody Lee reports on how West Africa can feed its people and even become a player in global food production.

Duration: 4’41″

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