Togo is a small tropical country in sub-Saharan West Africa. Once a major hub for slave trade, Togo’s central economic activities are now focused on agriculture, mining and commercial trade.
According to the 2010 UN projections, over 7.1 million people call Togo home and this number is growing at a rate of 2.7% per year. This growing population means a growing need for access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education – the basic building blocks for health, education and economic growth.
In recent years Togo has endured political turmoil, setbacks from rising global food and fuel prices and damaged crops from flooding; as a result, hunger and poverty remain huge challenges for the small coastal country.