Social Protection

The state of social protection for agrifood systems workers in West Africa

Published: 23/03/2023

Rural areas are less covered by social insurance mechanisms than urban areas; however, in West Africa (as in other regions in the world), social assistance programmes often cover more people in rural areas than in urban areas. This is strongly linked to higher poverty levels and general vulnerability in rural areas, which tend to be poorer than urban areas. In West Africa, where coverage tends to be low, targeting is often focused on the poorest households, which leads to rural areas receiving more assistance.