CALL FOR PAPERS – Symposium on the State of Agricultural Research in West and Central Africa

Established in 1987 and with its Executive Secretariat based in Dakar (Senegal), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) coordinates the agricultural research of twenty-three (23) National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), across West and Central Africa.

Its primary objective is to improve livelihoods in West and Central Africa through sustainable increases in agricultural production and productivity, promoting competitiveness and markets.

In achieving this, CORAF is implementing several programs and projects in member countries, with the support of technical and financial partners.

TARSPro (Agricultural Technologies and Innovations Scaling Project for Increasing the Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa) is one of the projects implemented by CORAF. TARSPro is funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

This project aims at ensuring the food, nutritional and economic security of the populations of West and Central Africa, precisely in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad. Specifically, TARSPro intends:

  1. To increase the resilience of the food production system of at least 2 million producers/processors, including 50% women and 60% young people in the 5 targeted countries, and more than 10 million indirect beneficiaries.
  2. To sustainably meet the demand for know-how (technologies and innovations) of at least 40% of the family farms impacted by the project’s intervention.
  3. To ensure a concerted effort and synergy of actions of agriculture transformation actors.

The project is committed to achieving a number of outputs to address these specific objectives. With regard to the objective relating to a concerted effort and synergy of actions of agriculture transformation actors, it is envisaged, among other factors, the establishment of an operational platform for the management of scientific knowledge. Concretely, this platform will materialize through the creation of a scientific information repository to serve players in the agri-food sector. To contribute to the establishment of this scientific information repository, the TARSPro project has set itself the task of periodically organizing meetings on the state of agricultural research. It is within this framework that a symposium on the state of agricultural research in West and Central Africa will be organized in Cotonou (Benin), from July 19 to 21, 2022.

This symposium offers the opportunity for researchers from the NARS and universities in countries covered by CORAF, to participate in a dialogue around a paradigm shift in the agricultural sector, by proposing papers to be presented during the symposium.

The papers should address the following topics:

  • Climate-Smart Agriculture (crop, livestock, aquaculture, forestry and environment) — adaptation and mitigation
  • Transboundary plant pests and diseases
  • Restoration of degraded lands and management of soil fertility and water
  • Post-harvest (processing, conservation and marketing)

Additional information:

  • Papers should be submitted in Word format, with a title and a short biography of the author(s).
  • Papers must be sent latest by June 20, 2022 at 23:59 GMT, jointly to and
  • Notifications will be sent to the authors whose papers would have been selected, by June 30, 2022
  • The symposium will take place in Cotonou (Benin) and online, from July 19 to 21, 2022. The agenda and other details will be communicated later.

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