Facing Africa's food security challenges

Improving agriculture across 10 countries in West and Central Africa

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Australia’s assistance is supporting six research projects addressing agricultural challenges of the semi-arid and sub-humid Sahel regions in West and Central Africa. These regions share remarkably similar climate and soils to large agro-ecological zones in Australia, where CSIRO has significant farming systems expertise.

Countries involved include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Senegal.
The projects focus on:

  • Sustainable integration and intensification of the cereal-livestock-tree systems to improve income and yields for smallholder farmers
  • Integrating dual-purpose legumes into farming systems where maize and millet are major crops, to improve nitrogen nutrition in crops and protein in animals
  • An integrated approach to controlling tick borne diseases to improve livestock productivity and inform policies and legal frameworks at national and regional levels

The research projects put producers and end users at the centre of research. The six clearly defined research projects incorporate socio-economic, agronomic and bio-physical science as well as training for farmers and researchers in their design.

To learn more about these projects visit our West African partner’s website 

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) aims to improve agricultural productivity through West and Central Africa by coordinating the implementation of agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption.  CORAF/WECARD is one of four key subregional organisations and is a partner with FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa).