“Donor Support Critical for CORAF to Meet Pressing Population Needs”

The Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for West Africa, Alex Deprez has called on development partners to support CORAF to renew itself in order to address the urgent and pressing food needs of the population of West and Central Africa. The USAID senior official was speaking in Dakar on Monday, November 27, […]

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CORAF at 4th International Fair on Agriculture and Animal Resources

The 4th International Fair on Agriculture and Animal Resources (SARA) opened on Friday, November 17, 2017, in Abidjan in the presence of Africa’s largest sub-regional research organization, the West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF). The ‘CORAF Village’ features technologies generated under the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP). Exhibitions include composed bread from sorghum […]

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West Africa’s Dry Cereal Research Hub Upgraded

A research center focused on dry cereals has been given the critical nod of approval to lead extensive regional research efforts to develop suitable drylands-cereal technologies and varieties. This follows the official upgrade of the Centre for the Improvement of the Adaptation to Drought (CERAAS) in Senegal and a cluster of other specialized research institutes to a regional […]


West Africa and China Cultivate Ties for Hybrid Seeds

The World-Bank-funded West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP) has made considerable progress since its creation in 2008. But the extent to which its food system-improvement technologies and crop varieties have been scaled-up in West and Central Africa is still far from commensurate to the agriculture transformation ambition of both regions. A recent working visit to some Chinese Provinces and businesses enabled the WAAPP […]


Boosting Africa’s under-performing agriculture sector

Achieving the desired transformation in agriculture requires the sustained application of science, technology, and innovation (STIs), a recent high-level conference on leveraging STIs to transform food production and ensure a food secured Africa has concluded. “The growing food insecurity due to the under-performing agricultural sector and poor policies in Africa are further complicated by the […]


In West Africa, Research on Dry Cereals Picks Up

Producing enough cereals to improve the livelihoods of the people of West Africa has been considerably hampered by climate change, land degradation, and average grain yield. At one of West Africa’s specialized centers focused on dry cereals, researchers are busy developing new technologies and varieties to tackle the challenges associated with scaling up production of […]


Women Shine in Technology Adoption

More women accessed, adopted and used innovative technologies to improve agriculture productivity in West Africa during the period 2013-2016 than expected, according to the completion report of the just ended Multi-Donor Trust Fund Project (MDTF) of the Central and West Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF). “Their gains in the adoption of technologies […]