The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development / Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles (CORAF/WECARD) was established in 1987 at the Conference of Heads of African and French Agronomic Research Institutions.

In 1995, it widened its coverage to include English- and Portuguese-speaking countries of West and Central Africa. Up to date, CORAF/WECARD is compose of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in 23 countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea, Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saô Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

CORAF/WECARD intervenes in these countries covering a total land area of 12.3 million km2 with a total population of 433.2 million inhabitants out of which 74 % are engaged in agriculture.

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD) is a member of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

CORAF/WECARD’s strategic vision and mission is geared towards addressing key challenges related to agriculture.

CORAF/WECARD Vision is to achieve “…A sustainable reduction in poverty and food insecurity in West and Central Africa (WCA) through an increase in agricultural-led economic growth and sustainable improvement of key aspects of the agricultural research system…”

CORAF/WECARD Mission is the “…Sustainable improvements to the productivity, competiveness and markets of the agricultural system in WCA by meeting the key demands of the sub-regional research system as expressed by target groups…”

For more information, visit our website: www.coraf.org/en