West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)



Agriculture, as the primary source of employment in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) region, constitutes a powerful development driver, with small-scale farmers at its core. The WAEMU region consists of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Our roadmap aims to bring about a shift in perceptions, resources, relationships, practices, and policies for the development of sustainable and resilient Agrifood systems.

Young Africa Works in The WAEMU Region

Addressing the challenge of employment is a driver for the socio-economic development of the WAEMU region. Our strategy aims to address this challenge by driving transformation in the agriculture value chain through an innovative approach.

Our Goal

To enable 6.2 million young people in the WAEMU region, with 70 percent being young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

Our Focus Areas

Agribusiness and adjacent sectors, agro-processing, market access, and primary production.

Our Approach

Fork to Farm methodology is based on the knowledge and data that inclusive food systems can only be designed from the bottom up to address the actual needs of populations. Through this approach, we are meeting the market demand for locally produced and processed food products and catalyzing the emergence of agro-industry champions at a national and regional level that will drive the sustainable transformation of agriculture in the sub-region.

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Learn More About Our Partnerships in WAEMU: Snapshot Programs

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