By 2015, CORAF/WECARD (Conseil ouest et centre africain pour la recherche et le développement agricoles/West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development) aims at contributing to a sustainable reduction of poverty and food insecurity in West and Central Africa. To do this, it is working to increase the economic growth generated by agriculture and to improve the agricultural research system in the sub-region.
The mission of CORAF/WECARD is to satisfy social demand of the people of the sub-region. Therefore, CORAF/WECARD is concerned with sustainably improving agricultural productivity, competitiveness and markets in West and Central Africa.
The objective of CORAF/WECARD is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of small farmers and promote the agribusiness sector. Therefore, it puts agricultural producers and users at the centre of its research.
The main functions of CORAF/WECARD include the following :
Coordination of agricultural research in the 23 countries in West and Central Africa
Capacity Building for actors and partners
Management of agricultural knowledge
Advocacy for resource mobilisation