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Total Projects: 23
Total Investment in USD $: 3 403 359,104
*projects funded since 2008 without investments in infrastructure

The Context


Farmers and other actors in the agriculture value chain in Benin face challenges linked to climate change, population increase, as well as the means to respond adequately to other agricultural development hurdles. Not only are already-fragile communities more vulnerable as a result of climate change and extreme weather conditions, pests and diseases often attack and destroy animals and crops. Farmers do not often have the instruments and knowledge to deal with these challenges.


The government in Benin depends largely on the agriculture sector to transform the economy and improve the livelihood of the population. Research and development (R&D), it is assumed are critical to developing the innovative technologies to address these challenges.


However, by the early 2000s, R&D in Benin was facing dwindling investments, an aging pool of researchers, inequitable remuneration, and deteriorating infrastructure.



CORAF’s work in Benin


As a research coordination organization, CORAF works hand-in-hand with the national agricultural research systems of Benin as well as the regional centers of specialization on maize to devise science and technology solutions to enable agriculture actors to deal with these challenges.





To date, CORAF’s Work has contributed to:


  • Generating high-performing agricultural innovative technologies;
  • Increase in agricultural productivity through the provision of high-yielding varieties;
  • Construction and rehabilitation of agricultural research and development infrastructure;
  • Improved access to innovations and technologies by producers;
  • Increase in incomes of producers;
  • Strengthening of the capacity of agricultural research
  • Reduction in poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in rural areas


Agriculture Research and Development in Benin


The National Institute of Agricultural Research falls under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (MAEP) and it is headquartered in Cotonou, and operates three regional centers in the Center, North, and South) and two commodity-based centers focusing on cotton and other fibers and the other on perennial plants.


INRAB’s scientists conduct research on crops, livestock, postharvest technologies, socioeconomics, forestry, agricultural engineering, and natural resources.


Benin’s higher education sector plays an important role in national agricultural R&D. Seven units under the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) are actively engaged in agricultural R&D, the largest of which is the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. The Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Parakou is the only non–UAC higher education agency that conducts agricultural R&D. Four nongovernment organizations also conduct agricultural R&D in Benin largely focusing on research related to socioeconomics, but also concerning agricultural issues. Agricultural research conducted by the private for-profit sector in Benin is negligible.

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Contact CNS Benin

First Name: Adolphe
Institution: WAAPP Bénin
Title: Coordonnateur CNS
Phone: +229 90 02 98 16
PB/City: B.P. 884 – Cotonou
Fax: +229 21 30 03 26

Contact INRAB Benin

First Name: Adolphe
Institution: INRAB
Title: Directeur Général
Phone: +229 90 02 98 16
PB/City: B.P. 884 – Cotonou
Fax: +229 21 30 03 26

National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin