in West Africa
West Africa overview
Living in arid regions on the edge of the Sahara desert, farmers in West Africa are on the front line in the fight against climate change.
Self Help Africa’s West Africa country programme operates across three countries – Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo. Projects are implemented through local partners, with the focus on adding value to farm production and creating links between small-scale agricultural producers and private sector companies.
Because of the hot, dry climate and unpredictable weather patterns of the region, there is a particular emphasis on promoting farming approaches that are ‘climate smart’, and enabling farming communities to diversify their production.
Population: 19.8M / Population Growth: 2.91%
Capital: Ouagadougou / Area: 274,200 SQ KM
Population: 7.99M /Population Growth: 2.48%
Capital: Lome / Area: 56,785 SQ KM
West Africa Major Languages: French, English, Native Languages
West Africa Major Religions: Christianity, Islam, Native Beliefs