Formerly known as Dahomey up until 1975, Benin gained independence from France on August 1, 1960. Currently led by President Guillaume Athanase Talon, the West African nation has an estimated population of 10.32 million people spread across a total land area of 112,622 km². As of 2018, Benin recorded a GDP of $24.7billion, with its top exports Raw Cotton, Coconuts, Brazil Nuts and Cashews, and Gold, sold to trading partners that include India, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Nigeria. The Francophone country has its administrative capital in Porto-Novo and uses the West African CFA Franc (XOF) as its official currency.
Notable Animal Diseases: Trypanosomiasis, Bovine Pleuropneumonia, Foot and Mouth Disease, African Swine Fever, Avian Influenza among others.