Cape Verde

Cape Verde, a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, is located west of Senegal in West Africa. It has a total area of 4,033 sq km. In comparison, Cape Verde is slightly smaller than French Polynesia, or about the size of the state of Rhode Island in the U.S. The country’s climate is temperate, with warm, dry summers and low precipitation. Of Cape Verde’s total land area, 12 percent is utilized for cultivated crops, while permanent crops such as fruit- and nut-bearing trees represent less than one percent of the total land area. Agricultural issues facing Cape Verde include soil erosion and deforestation. More...

MIR Plus and ECOWAS Use MIS Tools to Increase Access to Information in West Africa

The Marketing Inputs Regionally Plus (MIR Plus) project is strengthening existing and new MIS to improve farmers’ access to agro-inputs in West Africa. Implemented by IFDC, MIR Plus is a joint effort by ECOWAS – an REC of 15 West African countries – and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). More...

Regional Workshop Helps Regulate the West African Fertilizer Sector

ECOWAS and UEMOA held a regional workshop May 29-June 1 in Lomé, Togo, to discuss and validate two manuals that will complement the legal framework for fertilizer quality control in West Africa. MIR Plus, a joint ECOWAS/UEMOA project implemented by IFDC, provided technical support for the workshop. More...