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Benin has a population of over 10 million.

Around 70% of the working population depends on agriculture. Benin has produced yams, cassava, corn (maize), millet, beans, and rice since the mid-1980s to achieve self-sufficiency in these staple foods. The formerly predominant palm product output declined considerably in the 1980s, but cotton output rose. The output of karitĂ©, peanuts (groundnuts), cacao beans and coffee also has increased.

65-72% of the food energy consumed in Benin comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

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