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West Africa and China Cultivate Ties for Hybrid Seeds and Agricultural Mechanization

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. #West Africa and #China cultivate […]

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Burkina Faso to Host Major Science and Technology event

A major science and technology event to highlight research results to tackle the effects of climate change on natural resources in countries south of the Sahara will take place in Ouagadougou from December 4-8, 2017. #BurkinaFaso to host hajor #science and #technology event. https://t.co/1hTxiQDH2x @CORAF_WECARD @WAAPP_PPAAO @waappmali2 pic.twitter.com/QYWvVpuDOA — CORAF/WECARD (@CORAF_WECARD) October 18, 2017 Organized […]

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Is the ‘WASP Model’ a Game Changer for the Seed Industry in West Africa?

For anyone grappling with the complexities of development, you may agree that finding replicable models can be challenging. In West Africa, the persistent challenges of low investment in seeds, insufficient private sector participation in the industry, the absence of public-private partnerships, and poor-quality seeds might have found a solution. This is all thanks to an […]

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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 […]

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CORAF Supports Cameroon to Set up New Agriculture Program

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) was in Cameroon recently to support the country in setting up an ambitious new agriculture program. Titled, the West African Agriculture Transformation Program (WAATP), this intervention seeks to scale up the use of new technologies and varieties to transform agriculture in West and Central Africa. […]

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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 cereals in the region. To the […]

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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 and innovations […]