Training Youth Key to Growing African Agriculture

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) is providing education sponsorships, technology training, and mentorship for youth in agriculture, research, and entrepreneurship. CORAF’s programs for youth prepare for the quickly aging population of researchers in agriculture. In West Africa, 63 percent of the population is under 25 years old. According to CORAF, this […]


Major Regional Agricultural Research Programs Share Experiences

Actors of three major regional agricultural research programs in Africa met recently in Lusaka, Zambia to share experiences and strengthen collaboration. These include The East African Agricultural Productivity Program (EAAPP), the Agricultural Productivity Program in Southern Africa (APPSA), and the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). These programs have one feature in common: to promote […]

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8 Nigerien Ministers Show up To Support WAAPP

In an extraordinary show of endorsement of agricultural research and the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP), eight government ministers showed up Monday, November 12, 2018, for the opening ceremony of the annual gathering of WAAPP actors. Seven participating countries (Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo) of the WAAPP are currently meeting in […]

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CORAF and CEEAC to Strengthen Collaboration on Agricultural Research

Officials of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and CORAF met Monday, August 5, 2018, in Libreville, Gabon and agreed to further work together to promote agriculture research. Together, both parties discussed how to effectively implement a 2008 agreement linking both institutions. The 2008 agreement designates CORAF as the technical arm of ECCAS. […]


Smoking Fish Reduces Waste—and Improves Incomes

A fish smoking kiln from the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) is helping transform the lives of West Africans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. Comprised of a smoking chamber, a fan to distribute heat, a thermometer to control temperature, and a chimney to filter air, NIOMR’s fish smoking kiln reduces cooking and smoking time […]


WAAPP Sows Seeds of Resilience in Senegal

The geographical location of Senegal along the Sahelian belt of Africa means its agriculture is already facing the brunt of climate change. Experts argue that if urgent measures are not taken, small-scale farmers are likely to suffer the most. Peanut ranks among Senegal’s top five largest export commodities with millions of small-scale farmers involved. Once […]