West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development

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.
Technical research – using an integrated approach based on systems and commodities, but employing new holistic and participatory methodologies:

1.Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture
2.Staple Crops
3.Non-staple Crops
4.Natural Resource Management
5.Biotechnology and Bio-safety
6.Policy, Markets, Trade
7.Knowledge management
8.Capacity strengthening and co-ordination

To find out more about CORAF / WECARD, please visit their website here:



The 2nd Agricultural Science week of West and Central Africa and the 9th CORAF/WECARD General assembly

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