Ivory Coast

Population
22.7 million
Human Development Index
171 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
81 employees
Program Start
2002

People Helped in 2020: 1,879,334

1,190,421
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
688,838
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
75
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

In 2002, the year that Action Against Hunger began our work in the Ivory Coast, the country was split between the rebel-held North and the government-controlled South. Health workers had fled the North, so access to basic health services was severely limited, and the only relief was provided by humanitarian workers. The situation gradually improved until 2010, when a disputed presidential election caused a serious national crisis and led to a civil war in 2011.

While the Ivory Coast is agriculturally rich in crops like cocoa, cotton, and cashew nut, post-election violence disrupted critical planting and harvesting times for farmers. Crop deficits, trade embargoes, and widespread poverty make the lean season—the routine period of food scarcity—difficult. As many people struggled to make ends meet for their own families, host families in the Ivory Coast and in neighboring Liberia had the added burden of caring for the hundreds of thousands of Ivorians who had been displaced by the conflict.

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In 2020, 10.8% of people in Ivory Coast were food insecure, and 21.6% of children under five were chronically malnourished. There are significant water, sanitation, and hygiene needs: one in five families does not have access to drinking water and practices open defecation. More than half of the country's schools do not have a toilet or water point.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused both prices and global demand for cashew nuts and cotton to fall, while at the same time, driving substantial increases in the prices of other commodities.

In 2020, Action Against Hunger improved nutrition care in 17 health centers in Abidjan, conducting training on the management of severe acute malnutrition and providing anthropometric equipment such as measuring boards, scales, and 3,000 measuring bands to detect malnutrition.

Our early childhood nutrition and development project has helped to strengthen the quality of and access to health services, as well as to promote the active participation of women and young people in national health issues. Our team developed an innovative mobile application to improve access to information and care in sexual and reproductive health for young people.

Our teams also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing support for health centers in Abidjan - where the majority of cases have been detected - as well as training in infection prevention and control, building and rehabilitating water towers, waste areas, showers, and toilets.

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