Fact Sheets

One of the largest constraints to productivity in West African agriculture is the inefficiency of the regional seed system. In response, the USAID/West African Seed Program (WASP) was initiated in 2012 through USAID’s regional partner, the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD).  WASP’s goal is to increase the production of quality-improved certified seeds in West Africa’s seed supply from 12 percent to 25 percent. 

Working together, USAID and the Peace Corps leverage investments in training and capacity building in multiple West African countries to extend benefits across the region. Cross-border technical exchanges and regional trainings lead to the dissemination of best practices. This exchange results in increased food security activities in the communities where Peace Corps Volunteers work in West Africa, with a special focus on women.

Fertilizer use in West Africa is far below the world average, leaving farmers without an important input that can significantly improve yields.  The USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP) aims to improve agriculture productivity by giving farmers better access to high quality, affordable fertilizers.  The program strengthens private sector capacity for supply and distribution, and provides regional decision makers with critical fertilizer recommendations and subsidy program and impact information.

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) was created in 1987 to “improve the efficiency and effectiveness of small-scale producers and to promote the agribusiness sector.” It focuses on developing new technologies and innovations to benefit farmers in the region and on collecting and dispensing agricultural data.

Micronutrient deficiencies are responsible for widespread health and economic consequences, including maternal mortality, child mortality, stunting, blindness, chronic anemia and reduced capacity to work. West Africa is challenged with pervasive, severe and chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency.

The Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (French acronym: CILSS) was created in response to a devastating drought in the Sahel in 1973. It has 13 official member states, but is currently partnering more closely with ECOWAS, expanding its member base to 17 countries in the region.

AgirPF increases demand for and access to quality voluntary family planning in urban and peri-urban areas in 10 cities. The program aims to reach more than 700,000 additional users during the life of the project.

USAID’s commitment to Nepal has stood the test of time. In the aftermath of the devastating April 25 earthquakes that shook Nepal, our commitment remains stronger than ever. On June 25, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced $130 million to support Nepal’s earthquake relief and recovery needs. This contribution builds upon USAID’s investments on disaster preparedness, and is only the beginning of our contribution to Nepal’s earthquake recovery, which will span multiple years.

Government of Guinea (GoG) confirms three new cases for week of October 12. GoG plans to bolster Ebola surveillance and case management in Forécariah following recent cases. Liberia transitions to expanded oral swabbing and approves rapid diagnostic tests.

The Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Public Works (TA-MoPW) project is a component of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Road Sector Sustainability Program, which is designed to assist the Afghan government in its transition to sustainable management of the road network in Afghanistan.

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Last updated: February 07, 2016