Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV)

The Biocarbon and Rural Development (BIODEV) project is an initiative to achieve developmental and environmental benefits that can be accrued from building biological or natural carbon through improved agroforestry and forestry management and tree planting. This is referred to as “high-value biocarbon development”.  

The four-year project aims to generate information that is critical for linking climate change mitigation efforts with those aimed to help people adapt to climate change in Burkina Faso, Mali and Sierra Leone. The ultimate aim is to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in those countries.

BIODEV is implemented by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Helsinki, in collaboration with national organizations and government ministries at national and local levels in the three countries in which BIODEV works.

Project objectives

  • To identify and implement integrated interventions, each tailored for a specific context, that can help achieve high-value, bio-carbon based rural development in select landscapes
  • To develop replicable tools, methods and models for high-value bio-carbon interventions and approaches, which can be applied to scale up positive results
  • To improve strategies, policies and capacity for scaling-up high-value bio-carbon approaches at national and regional levels

Researchers in one of the project sites in Mali

Coordinating organization: World Agroforestry Centre, West and Central Africa Region, Sahel Node BP: E5118 Bamako, Mali; Tel: (223) 20 70 92 00 (operator); Email:

Duration: 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2016

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

Contact persons at ICRAF: Dr. Bayala Jules, Email: and Dr. Kalinganire Antoine,

BIODEV website