When Directors of 15 agricultural research institutions of West and Central Africa, Madagascar and their counterparts France met in March 1987, one of their major objectives was to find an arrangement that would facilitate the coordination of research activities.
This was in part because many of the national agricultural research institutions in West and Central Africa were weak, had limited research capacities and mostly worked in isolation.
This is why with the establishment of CORAF in 1987, one of its primary mandates was to facilitate the coordination of research and development activities. This original intent and spirit is embedded in the new 2018-2027 CORAF strategy.
CORAF accomplishes this role by working with national agricultural research systems in 23 countries and increasingly through regional centers of excellence to effective tackle transversal, cross-border, and regional challenges.