CORAF/WECARD was created in 1987 as the Conference of the African and French leaders of agricultural research institutes. In 1995, it became the Conference of the agricultural research leaders in West and Central Africa (CORAF). In July 1999, during the twelfth Plenary Meeting held in Bangui ( Central African Republic ) the name was changed to the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development. The acronym of the organization thus became CORAF/WECARD regardless of whether it is written in French or English.The general objective of CORAF/WECARD is clear, precise, and pertinent: to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of small-scale producers and promote the agribusiness sector. For that reason, it puts the producers and end-users at the centre of research.
To find out more about CORAF / WECARD, please visit their website here:
This will take place from 24- 28, May, 2010, in Cotonou, Benin.The main theme for the 2nd Agricultural Science week is: “Management of systems and post-harvest actions for the improvement of productivity and competitiveness in West and Central Africa”. One day will be dedicated to the National Agricultural Research System of Benin. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the know-how of different agricultural stakeholders (scientists,
extension service specialists, private sector, NGOs, etc.) in the system. English French