West and Central Africa
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- Agro-ecological intensification of sorghum
- Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV)
- Building Sustainable Cocoa Communities in Cote d’Ivoire
- Developing community-based climate smart agriculture
- Integrating agroforestry and sheep feed in Mali
- Parkland Trees and Livelihoods
- cereal-livestock-tree system for sustainable land use
The World Agroforestry Centre West and Central Africa region, with regional office in Yaounde - Cameroon, covers a geographical area of 1200 million hectares, covering 21 countries with a population of over 330 million people. The region contains two main agro-ecological zones — the dry Sahelian zone, a semi-arid landscape stretching from Chad to Senegal and the Humid Tropics, spreading along the coast and extending to the central part of Africa.
The region's activities are carried out in the Sahel, in Upper Guinea and in the Humid Tropicszones, known as the 'nodes' of the region. The region is the World Agroforestry Centre's flag bearer in participatory tree domestication and tree biodiversity conservation, which aim to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through increased income and non-income benefits from indigenous trees and shrubs.
Promoting cultivation of high-value plants
In participatory tree domestication, researchers work with communities to select species from their natural habitats and adapt them for cultivation on farms. The procedure involves the identification, reproduction, adoption and diffusion of quality and high market value germplasm. The region's researchers have selected, developed and adapted vegetative tree propagation methods of air layering, rooting of cuttings and grafting. These techniques lead to early fruiting, replication of desired traits or characteristics, easy reproduction of species whose seeds are difficult to collect and conservation of valuable species. Indigenous fruit trees such as Adansonia digitata, Cola spp, Dacryodes edulis, Garcina kola, Irvingia gabonensis, Ricinodendron heudelotti, Tamarindus indica,Vitellaria paradoxa, Ziziphus indica have been promoted using participatory approaches. Other include oil tree species such as Allanblakia spp and vegetables including Adansonia digitata, Gnetum africanum, Moringa oliefera; spice species such as Afrostyrax lepidophyllus, Baillonella toxisperma, Monodora myristica and medicinal species, mainly Annickia chlorantha, Khaya senegalensis, Pausinystalia johimbe and Prunus africana.
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
West and Central Africa Regional Office
P. O. Box 16317 Yaounde, Cameroon
Tel: (+237) 22 21 50 84 Fax: 22 21 50 89
Côte d’Ivoire Country Programme
01BP2024 San Pedro
Tel. +225 34 71 18 95
P O Box 1698 Oko, Benin City,
Edo State, Nigeria.
Tel: (+234) 52-894750
BP E5118, Bamako, Mali
Tel: (+223) 2023 5000 / 2022 3375
Fax: (+223) 2022 8683
Avenue des cliniques 13, Gombe,
Tél :+243 817762807 / 897943806
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