The implementation of guidelines and decisions by the Executive Secretariat is controlled and monitored by the Board of Directors (BOD), chaired by the President of CORAF/WECARD. To achieve this, its thirteen (13) members from the NARS representing national research and training institutions, professional agricultural organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, regional economic communities, development partners (the latter being observers) propose to the General Assembly (GA) a candidate for the position of Executive Director, supervise the activities of the Executive Secretariat, review and approve the annual programmes and budgets.

Their powers also include the monitoring of the decisions of the AG; acting on behalf of the AG on any matter requiring immediate action; recommending programmes, budgets, financial reports, audit reports, new memberships for the approval and ratification by the General Assembly.