West and Central Africa
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
A new video about traditional leafy vegetables in Benin tells us about their important nutritional benefits and how they are grown, bought and sold in...
Forest products make a major contribution to household food and nutrition security in the Congo Basin, says new open-access paper published as part of...
The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa merged its activities with the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated...
A series of collecting missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the extent of the country’s plantain diversity. Plantains are cooking...
The NUS 2013 conference participants shared knowledge and found solutions on how to help move African policies to mainstream traditional crops into...
Bioversity International's Barbara Vinceti joins Bronwen Powell and Eva Muller in a discussion on the importance of wild foods for the food and...
- Diversity of neglected and underutilized species of importance in Benin
- Dietary contribution of wild edible plants to women's diets in the wild buffer zone around the Lama forest, Benin
- Making research gender-responsive in Burkina Faso: diary of a shea tree
- Strengthening capacities to implement the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing:efforts under way and challenges encountered in Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Cote d''Ivoire, Guatemala, Nepal, Rwanda and Uganda
- Obtaining forest foods from timber trees in Cameroon
- Making research gender-responsive in Cameroon: non-timber forest products: the way forward for rural women?
- Synergies and trade-offs between cash crop production and food security: a case study in rural Ghana
- Accra statement for a food-secure Africa
- The impact of diversity field forums: improving farmer management of millet and Sorghum in Mali
- West African food composition table / Table de composition des aliments d’Afrique de l’Ouest