A man points at a field of newly planted mangrove seedlings.

Côte d’Ivoire

At a Glance

The West Africa Regional Mission serves Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.

West Africa’s rich forest and coastal resources are increasingly at risk due to recurrent droughts, rising sea levels and deforestation with large consequences for economic development and food security. To address the region’s vulnerability to climate change and climate-related shocks, USAID is working with countries to improve the management of forests and mangroves, with the twin goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing  sequestration  and increasing the resilience of the region’s coastal communities and upland systems. Clean energy programming will provide assistance to help eliminate the main obstacles to investment in low emissions development. 

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information.

Climate Projections


Increased/More Frequent Precipitation


Decreased Rainfall in the West, Increased Rainfall in the East


Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas

Agriculture & Livestock



Human Health

Water Resources

Funding and Key Indicators

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


$3 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2020)

27.5 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Climate Change Information

Stories from the Area

Cocoa certification may not be doing its job. The expansion of the international cocoa industry across the world’s tropical regions has caused significant destruction of tropical forests, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and destroying habitat.
Yao Ahou, a cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire, is well aware of the challenge she faces in farming for the core ingredient for the world’s chocolate. “For us cocoa farmers, our problem is climate change. When we expect the rains, it is the sun that comes up, and when the sun is expected, it is the rains that come.