Innovating Agricultural Extension Services to Increase Maize Production and Reduce Food Insecurity in Benin

Despite agriculture being the most important sector, food insecurity is a problem facing many in Benin. Increasing food prices since the 2008 financial crisis and extreme climate events – including droughts and floods – since 2010 have led to food shortages in the country. In response, the Ministry of Agriculture in Benin implemented the Project to Support Food Production and Build Resilience in the Alibori, Borgou, and Collines departments (PAPVIRE-ABC). PAPVIRE-ABC complements standard agricultural extension services provided by the Government of Benin. It works to train farmers in new agricultural practices, including the use of climate-resilient seeds for staple production.