ABEE is a project which aims to strengthen networks and institutional capacities in plant improvement for the development of resilient crops that meet the needs of farmers in West Africa.

The modernization of variety selection practices is essential to enable national programs to respond in a more relevant way to a variety demand based on the market needs and to gain in efficiency in the development of resilient, productive and good nutritional quality varieties, adapted to their local environment.

ABEE is funded by the European Union through the DeSIRA initiative.


With a focus on five crops which are groundnut, fonio, cowpea, millet and sorghum,

the project aims to implement a more coordinated approach to varietal

selection to improve and modernize breeding practices and better identify

market demands in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal.


Component 1

Access, adoption of varieties that meet local needs and market demand

Component 2

Strengthening and modernization of national breeding programs

Component 3


Component 4


Component 5

Effective coordination to achieve results


Since October 2019, CORAF is implementing the West Africa Breeding networks and Extension Empowerment project (ABEE) in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal.  In spite of several challenges —including the COVID-19 pandemic— that have somewhat hampered the project's progress, it has…

CORAF and its implementing partners of the West Africa Breeding networks and Extension Empowerment project (ABEE) held in Dakar, Senegal, from 21 to 23 November 2022, their annual meeting.  The main objective of the annual workshop is to allow the…

On 13 October, as part of the programme of the FAO’s Science and Innovation Forum, DeSIRA-LIFT and the department for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission organise a webinar entitled “Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems: Learning from Past and…

From May 9 to 20, 2022, some Heads of State and Government, some Ministers and other policymakers, private sector and civil society actors and other stakeholders from around the world gathered in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) for the 15th session of…

Since March 17, 2022, Dr. Illiassou Mossi Maïga has become the new Director General of the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Niger (INRAN).  He previously was the Deputy Director General of INRAN. He replaces Dr. Mella Mamane who was…

« The spread of transboundary plant pests and diseases has increased dramatically, affecting food crops, causing significant losses to farmers and threatening food security »,  declared Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe, CORAF’s Director of Research and Innovation. Dr. Njukwe was speaking at a public…

The 17th Ordinary Session of the CORAF’s Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) is taking place in Dakar with the overarching objective of reviewing the implementation of the 2021 Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB), and providing technical and scientific recommendations…

CORAF and the European Union (EU) will, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, donate cars, laboratory, and computer equipment to the Environment and Agricultural Research Institute (INERA) at a ceremony to hold in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.The equipment is delivered under the West…

About 40.000 families from Burkina Faso, Niger, and Senegal will benefit from a new five-year plant breeding program funded by the European Union and coordinated in West Africa by CORAF and other key partners. The announcement was made in early…

A new project aimed at strengthening the resilience of rural communities in the Sahel to climate change through the establishment of modern equipment and infrastructure for the breeding of varieties of five climate-sensitive crops will be launched on Monday 9…


ABEE: Facts & Figures (2021)


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Project Team

Dr. Ousmane NDOYE

Program Manager


Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Justin Kouame NAMA



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