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Why a New Strategy ?

Emerging agricultural and socio-economic development trends, together with changes in international, continental and regional policies have major implications for agricultural development in West and Central African countries.

After ten years of implementation of the CORAF Strategic Plan (2007-2016), it became urgent for CORAF to align its priorities to those of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Malabo Declaration, and ECOWAP+10.

 

CORAF 2018-2027 Strategic Plan aims to strengthen agricultural research, extension and advisory services and stakeholder capacities, as well as establish and coordinate Communities of Practice in agricultural research and development. The Strategic Plan addresses emerging challenges in agricultural development in West and Central Africa.

CORAF strategic plan creates a roadmap through which CORAF and its multi-stakeholders can collectively contribute to the achievement of CORAF vision, mission, and objectives to address the challenges of agricultural research and development in West and Central Africa. Efforts to reduce the existing 70% yield gap and the 30% post-harvest losses are the major actions required to increase agricultural production and adequately respond to the future global demand for food, feed, and fuel.

 

The growing importance of regional integration requires efficient policy coordination throughout CORAF 23 constituent National Agriculture Research Systems (NARS). Achieving the set of objectives for a productive and competitive agri-food research and innovation system requires actions well beyond the traditional mandates of national agricultural research systems. The expected changes to be achieved by implementation of CORAF strategic plan requires more effective coordination among the full range of multi-stakeholders and different national and regional actors.

What’s Different?

While CORAF vision and mission remain valid and compelling, there was always a need to carefully align CORAF’s work to new trends and frameworks of AU-NEPAD CAADP and Malabo Declarations; FARA Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A); Regional Economic Community (ECOWAS, UEMOA, ECCAS and CEMAC) agricultural policies; the United Nations SDGs; the African Development Bank Strategy for Transformation of Agriculture in Africa, (TAAT, AARP), the USAID Feed the Future Strategy, and the World Bank led Science for Agriculture Consortium programs focusing on climate resilience and post-harvest management.

 

CORAF Strategic Plan (2018 – 2027) will contribute to delivering on the agricultural policies and strategies of the RECs Regional, continental and global frameworks compel WCA countries to adopt policies and strategies to drive increased investments in agriculture, and to build functional partnerships to accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security. These frameworks, policies and strategies guided the design of the CORAF Strategic Plan (2018-2027) and the CORAF Operational Plan (2018-2022).

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