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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 are working:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo DR, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria

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News from the West and Central Africa region:

Farmer with Cassia tora. Credit: Bioversity International/B.Danjimo

Women farming wild species in West Africa

Women play an important role in domesticating nutritious wild species in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger both for sale and home consumption. 

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Ghanaian Ministers claim traditional crops as assets in fighting Africa’s food challenges

The NUS 2013 conference participants shared knowledge and found solutions on how to help move African policies to mainstream traditional crops into...

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Wild foods: a food security strategy that's hard to swallow?

Bioversity International's Barbara Vinceti joins Bronwen Powell and Eva Muller in a discussion on the importance of wild foods for the food and...

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Contact:

For details of how to contact our offices in West and Central Africa, click here.