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Togo Quick Facts

  • French Togoland became Togo in 1960

  • Geography: 56,785 sq km with 4% accounting for water

  • Climate: tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north

  • Terrain: gently rolling savanna in north; central hills; southern plateau; low coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes

  • Economy Overview: steady economic growth fueled by political stability and government efforts to modernize commercial infrastructure; depends heavily on commercial and subsistence agriculture; among the world's largest producers of phosphate

  • GDP-composition, by sector of origin: agriculture - 28.8%, industry - 21.8%, services - 49.8%

  • Population: 8,608,444 (2020 estimate)

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy, although it is struggling with a shortage of funds for the purchase of irrigation equipment and fertilizers, which has significantly reduced agricultural output. Agriculture generated 28.2% of GDP in 2012 and employed 49% of the working population in 2010.

Farming Sector

Well-developed export sector based on agricultural products such as coffee; cocoa bean; and peanuts (groundnuts), which together generate roughly 30% of export earnings. Cotton is the most important cash crop.

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Praxis Africa intends to implement smart farming initiatives in Togo.

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