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 […]


CORAF Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) turns 30 this year. Representatives of farmer groups, the private sector, policy, and decision-makers from the agricultural sector as well as researchers from national agricultural Research systems in West and Central Africa are expected in the Senegalese capital, Dakar at the end of […]

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Strengthening Agricultural Research in French-Speaking West & Central Africa

How can French-speaking West and Central Africa fight hunger, ensure food security, and prosperity for all through high quality research? Three leading institutions in this area recently engaged on ways to tackle these challenges through agricultural research. At an international event designed to boost investment and growth in the agriculture sector in Africa held recently […]


Science for Agriculture in Africa

CORAF partners with ISRA to organize a National Consultative Workshop on Scientific Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) Today, July 17, and running till July 19, in the Amphitheatre of the Research Pole at Hann-ISRA, where the workshop will hold for three days, CORAF/WECARD, ISRA and FARA exposed the vision of S3A’s scientific agenda in […]