ACED is an independent non-profit organization created 10 years ago in Benin (West Africa). We contribute to a world where all communities live a decent life in a sustainable environment.
Our mission is to strengthen communities with sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger in a healthy environment. We combine research, policy and local action to reduce poverty and hunger in the most vulnerable communities.
We act as a think-and-do tank.
- In recent decades, the number of hungry people in the world had decreased, but this is no longer the case.
- In Benin, 9.6% of the population, or more than one million people, is food insecure and chronic malnutrition affects 32% of young children.
- While more than 70 per cent of the country’s population lives from agriculture – and therefore has the means to produce its own food – the limited diversity of production, the predominance of small farms and low productivity mean that farmers’ incomes have remained low and food insecurity is still high.
- Pressure on natural resources is increasing and exacerbated by climate change.