International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change

International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change

Equality for women is progress for all

Forests crucial to green growth

Forests crucial to green growth

A new report launched on the International Day of Forests promotes REDD+ and the Green Economy as a new pathway to sustainable development

Putting the landscape approach into practice

Putting the landscape approach into practice

Scientists fine tune a common methodology for measuring landscapes across the globe

Philippine's First International Agroforestry Congress

Philippine's First International Agroforestry Congress

Trees are being returned to landscapes in the Philippines

Trees for India

Trees for India

Two new books explore the contribution of trees and agroforestry to India’s wild and agricultural ecosystems

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
E-mail: icraf-aht@cgiar.org

Côte d’Ivoire Country Programme
01BP2024 San Pedro
Tel. +225 34 71 18 95
Email: icraf.cdi@cgiar.org

Nigeria Office,
P O Box 1698 Oko, Benin City,
Edo State, Nigeria.
Tel: (+234) 52-894750
Email: icraf-nigeria@cgiar.org

Sahel Node
BP E5118, Bamako, Mali
Tel: (+223) 2023 5000 / 2022 3375
Fax: (+223) 2022 8683
Email: icraf-wca@cgiar.org

Kinshasa- DRC
Avenue des cliniques 13, Gombe,
Tél :+243 817762807 / 897943806
Email : a.biloso@cgiar.org

Latest Publications from West and Central Africa

2012 Determinants of farmers’ tree planting behavior in the North West region of Cameroon: the case of Prunus africana
More details link: http://www.worldagroforestry.org/our_products/publications/details?node=53974
2012 Agroforestry and socioeconomic potential: Tetracarpidium conophorum (Müll. Arg.) Hutch. & Dalz. in Cameroon
http://bft.revuesonline.com/article.jsp?articleId=17917
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2013 Strategy 2013-2022: transforming lives and landscapes with trees Nairobi: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
http://www.worldagroforestry.org/downloads/publications/PDFs/RP17554.PDF
More details link: http://www.worldagroforestry.org/our_products/publications/details?node=54266
2013 Can vegetation productivity be derived from greenness in a semi-arid environment? Evidence from ground-based measurements Journal of Arid Environments 97
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140196313001079
More details link: http://www.worldagroforestry.org/our_products/publications/details?node=54270
A new institutional economic analysis of policies governing non-Timber Forest Products and Agroforestry Development in Cameroon. Doctoral Thesis Applied Biological Sciences. Ghent: Ghent University, 227p
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2013 A review of earthworm impact on soil function and ecosystem services. European Journal of Soil Science 64:161-182
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ejss.12025/abstract
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