Eight agencies conduct agricultural research in Mauritania. The Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic and Fisheries Research (IMROP) is the country’s principal agricultural research agency, accounting for close to half of the country’s agricultural research staffing.
The Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic and Fisheries Research (IMROP) is the country’s principal agricultural research agency, accounting for close to half of the country’s agricultural research staffing. IMROP is administered by the Ministry of Fisheries, is headquartered in the country’s second-largest city, Nouadhibou, and focuses on a variety of research topics including stock assessment, species biology and ecology, fisheries management, fisheries technology, and socioeconomics.
The National Agricultural Research and Development Center (CNRADA) is Mauritania’s largest crop research agency. The center’s research is organized into five main programs—irrigation-based production systems, rain- and river-fed production systems, desert oases systems, silvopastoral (forestry/forage) systems, and peri-urban production systems. The National Livestock and Veterinary Research Center (CNERV) is the country’s main livestock and veterinary research agency, while National Anti-Locust Center (CNLA) researches monitoring and combating locust plagues.
CNRADA, CNERV, and CNLA are all administered by the Ministry of Rural Development. The Association of Livestock Professionals (APE) is Mauritania’s only nonprofit agency involved in agricultural R&D. Its research focuses on improved milk and meat production, and animal health.
Compared with many other West African countries, Mauritania’s higher education sector accounts for a relatively small (although increasing) share of total agricultural research capacity. The University of Nouakchott has no agricultural faculty, so agricultural research falls under the Department of Biology and focuses on crop genetic improvement, nutritional sciences, animal ecology, entomology, and parasitology.
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- Platform for Exchange between Researchers and Policy makers for Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa
- Setting up a Regional Master in Biotechnology
- Implementation of the ECOWAS Action Plan on Biotechnology and Biosafety
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Contact CNRADA Mauritania
First Name: Dr Baba Ahmed Ould
Last Name: NAGHRA
Title: Directeur Général
Phone: +222 6539821
PB/City: BP : 22 Kaédi – Mauritanie
Fax: +222 53 35 377