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The Context


Côte d’Ivoire has a total surface area of 322,463 km². The country’s population is estimated at 23 million. Majority depend on agriculture for their livelihood. This growing population does not only put immense pressure on natural resources but also on the food system.


The government of Côte d’Ivoire views agriculture as one of the main drivers of its economic growth. Agriculture is at the center of the country’s National Development Plan which seeks to make Côte d’Ivoire an emerging nation by 2020.


Côte d’Ivoire is one of the rare country’s in the region with exemplary research and development (R&D) funding model which is revered by many.


However, despite progress made in recent years, the R&D sector still faces similar challenges to those of other West African countries. IFPRI argues that growth in Côte d’Ivoire’s research spending was negligible in the decade preceding 2014 in inflation-adjusted terms.



CORAF’s work in Côte d’Ivoire


As a research coordination organization, CORAF works hand-in-hand with the national agricultural research systems of Côte d’Ivoire as well as the regional center of specialization on Banana and Plantain to devise science and technology solutions to enable agriculture actors to deal with some of the agriculture development challenges.



To date, CORAF’s Work has contributed to:


  • Generating high-performing agricultural innovative technologies;
  • Increase in agricultural productivity through the provision of high-yielding varieties;
  • Improved access to innovations and technologies by producers;
  • Increase in incomes of producers;
  • Strengthening of the capacity of agricultural research
  • Reduction in poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in rural areas


Agriculture Research and Development in Côte d’Ivoire


The National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) is Côte d’Ivoire’s principal agricultural research agency. Its research mandate includes crops, livestock, forestry, and postharvest processing, as well as technology transfer and human resource development.


The National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) is a public limited company created in 1998. The CNRA brings together several research institutes located across the Ivorian territory.


Their primary responsibility includes providing research solutions to improve the production systems, conservation, and transformation.

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Contact CNS Côte d'Ivoire

First Name: Dr Nicodème
Last Name: Zakra
Institution: CNS
Title: Coordonnateur CNS
Phone: 225 23 47 24 24
PB/City: 01 BP 1740, Abidjan 01
Fax: 225 23 47 24 11

Contact CNRA Côte d'Ivoire

First Name: Dr Yte
Last Name: WONGBE
Institution: CNRA
Title: Directeur Général
Phone: 225 23 47 24 24
PB/City: 01 BP 1740, Abidjan 01
Fax: 225 23 47 24 11

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