Côte d’Ivoire has a population of over 23.7 million.
Agriculture provides a livelihood for more than half the labour force, and locally grown subsistence crops meet most rural domestic needs. Urbanization and the growing use of hired labour throughout the country have created a demand for foodstuffs other than yams, cassava, plantains and corn. There have been significant imports of wheat due to an acquired taste for bread and beer.
53% to 62% of the food energy consumed in Côte d’Ivoire comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.