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Friday, May 21, 2021 - 9:15am

COTONOU, Benin - The United States Government is providing protective equipment and health supplies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including among orphans, older people, and people with disabilities, in the departments of Alibori, Atacora, Ouémé, and Plateau. 

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), presented a selection of materials to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Affairs and Microfinance at a ceremony in Cotonou.

Across the four departments, the United States is helping educate people about COVID-19, promoting healthy practices to limit transmission, and equipping health workers to respond to the disease and continue providing life-saving health services by:

  • Delivering protective equipment and health supplies to 2811 community health workers, 316 health facilities, and 96 care centers for approximately 7000 orphans, older people, and people with disabilities; and

Participants at the Fall Armyworm workshop in Benin
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:30am

Over ninety agriculture sector practitioners will meet at the facilities of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cotonou, Benin, on February 13-15 to train trainers on the management of one of the most destructive crop pests, the Fall Armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa, with particular focus on West Africa. Jointly convened by the ECOWAS Commission, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the technical expertise of IITA, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and resource persons from international and national research and development institutions, the training is aimed at building technical capacity in the West Africa region in integrated pest management (IPM)-based FAW management.

A threat to global food security
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 11:45am

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing a significant threat to food security, income and livelihoods.

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