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Bioversity International's mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to sustainable food and nutrition security.

The West and Central Africa region covers an area stretching from Senegal in the West, to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the East and down to the South Atlantic Ocean.  It is the primary centre of origin for several food crops including millet, cowpea, fonio, yam, African rice, bambara groundnut and oil palm. It is also the secondary centre of diversity for sorghum and robusta coffee. In addition, several cultivated crops, such as pineapple, groundnut, cotton, cocoa, rubber, cocoyam, maize, cassava, sweet potato, tobacco, banana, plantain, citrus, coconut, sugar cane, mango, taro and Asian rice) have wild relatives and have developed genetic traits that are well adapted to the environmental conditions in West and Central Africa. 

The humid forest zone in this region hosts the second largest forest area in the world and is a reservoir for biodiverse animal and plant species including highly valuable timber trees such as the African mahogany.

Where we work:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo DR, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria

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Local foods – a strategic asset for healthy diets

Deploying the potential of seasonal fruits and vegetables as strategic assets for healthy diets in Kenya, Guatemala, Mali, and Vietnam.
 

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Nutritious vegetables in Benin

Watch this video to learn about the vegetable value chain in Benin and how Bioversity International has been working to encourage the consumption of these nutritious foods.

 

Mutual implementation of the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol in Benin and Madagascar

We are supporting the mutual implementation of the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol in Benin and Madagascar through a combination of research and capacity building activities in ways that respond to local realities, contributing to development benefits.

 

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News from the West and Central Africa region:

Bioversity International joins the Congo Basin Institute

Bioversity International’s forest genetic resources researchers join forces with the Congo Basin Institute (CBI), a collaboration that aims to create...

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Madagascar crop. Please credit: D.Hunter/Bioversity

Mutually implementing the Nagoya Protocol and the Plant Treaty in Madagascar

A Darwin Initiative funded project coordinated by Bioversity International in Madagascar and Benin has communities devising personalized investment...

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Farmer in Ghana prunes his Carabobo cacao tree, originally from Venezuela. Please credit: Bioversity International/R. Markham

Moving towards a sustainable cocoa sector in Ghana

Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and in recent years has emerged as the world's principal supplier of Fairtrade-certified...

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Banana farmers in Burundi. Credit: Bioversity International/F.Iradukunda

How does gender influence banana disease management?

New research by Bioversity International is studying how women and men control and manage banana cropping systems in Burundi, and how this can...

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Obstacles to gender-smart fertilizer use hurt livelihoods, scientists say

Compiling gender-inclusive data could help scientists understand how to help improve nitrogen fertilizer application practices among smallholder...

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Restoring lands and livelihoods in Burkina Faso: The business of one association

Mr Alain Traoré, Director of tiipaalga, shares insights from his long-term efforts in fostering farmer-led restoration initiatives in Burkina Faso as...

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Small is beautiful: Restoring degraded lands, one parcel at a time

Bioversity International partner, Mr Harouna Kaboré, farmer from Burkina Faso, talks about his experience restoring three hectares of his household’s...

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Farmer in Ghana prunes his Carabobo cacao tree, originally from Venezuela. Please credit: Bioversity International/R. Markham

Certified cocoa in West Africa: Taking stock and key issues for moving ahead

Dietmar Stoian, Principal Scientist, Value Chains and Private Sector Engagement co-presented research being carried out in partnership with the World...

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Preparing a FreeStation for installation with extension worker at Garango, Burkina Faso. Credit: Bioversity International/S. Jones

Outside, whatever the weather: FreeStations in the Volta basin

As part of a CGIAR Water Land and Ecosystems project, researchers and students from King’s College London, Bioversity International, and other partner...

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Woman picks fruit from a tree in the Congo Basin. Credit: CIFOR/O. Girard

Reconciling multiple forest uses in the Congo Basin

In their 2015 annual report, the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry highlights the achievements of Flagship 2, Management of...

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