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Benin

While Benin has experienced notable political stability and economic growth over the past few years and is one of Africa’s largest cotton producers, it ranks among the world’s poorest countries, with unequal income distribution coupled with rapid population growth. The highly informal nature of the economy, its low productivity - particularly in the agricultural sector - and its lack of diversification all contribute to the persistence of poverty. For the most vulnerable communities, a fragile situation is made worse by recurring floods and droughts.
Exports largely depend on conditions in Nigeria, Benin’s major trading partner.

total population (thousands)
10,880
GNI per capita
890$
Life expectancy at birth
60 years
Human Development Index
166 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
100‰
Primary school net enrolment
96%
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
1.1%
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
78
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
78%
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)
18%

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