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How’s Niger’s Livestock Faring in Mali

Livestock farmers in West Africa are increasingly turning to the red goat of ‘Maradi‘ and the ‘Balami,’ two of Niger’s revered sheep breed, scientifically proven to adapt better to the changing climate and genetically wealthier. Under the WAAPP, one of the region’s most successful agriculture programs, countries in West Africa have stepped up cooperation not […]

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Progress Made on Cashew Yields in Benin

Trails on plantations of cashew growers in Savè, Benin show an increase in yields and incomes when producers take suggestions on best agriculture practices from scientists. Yields in cashew nuts are generally low in Benin. They vary between 300 to 600 kilograms (kg) per hectare. Experts blame this on the poor agricultural practices. Adopting new […]

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“We believe in African solutions,” USAID

The Director of the West African Mission of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Alex Deprez says the support to CORAF and other sub-regional institutions is predicated on the strong belief in Africans solving their challenges. “We believe in African solutions,” said Deprez while participating in the ongoing 12th General Assembly of Africa’s largest sub-regional research […]

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Plans Set CORAF on A New Path

The highest decision-making body of Africa’s largest sub-regional research organization, CORAF has unanimously approved a new ten-year plan opening up a new era in the research and development sector in West and Central Africa. Meeting in the Senegalese capital, Dakar on Tuesday, April 11, 2018, the General Assembly approved changes to transform the agriculture economy of […]

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Invest in Research, Anticipate Challenges, Generate Useful Solutions, Senegalese Minister

The Senegalese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure, Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck has challenged agricultural researchers of West and Central Africa to step up their game to anticipate challenges facing their communities and to generate relevant innovations that meet the needs of users. Dr. Seck, also a career researcher was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 12th […]

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As R&D Picks up in West Africa, ECOWAS Research Hubs go on a Quest for Excellence

Actors of nine West Africa agriculture research hubs are meeting in Saly, Senegal to assess progress towards the coveted status of Regional Centers of Excellence (RCoE). The nine National Centers of Specialization were established with an understanding that they will progressively graduate to RCoE based on a set of pre-defined criteria. Some of these conditions include having […]

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USAID Supports CORAF to Reform Itself

A five-Year funding from the West Africa Regional Mission of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is enabling the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) to undertake critical reforms to better serve the interest of the people of West Africa. Food and nutrition insecurity, climate change, gender disparities, high unemployment […]