The sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources (SAFORGEN) Programme covers three broad sub-regions in sub-Saharan Africa: West and Central Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.
SAFORGEN seeks to enable people and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to conserve and use existing forest biodiversity to:
- assess the dynamic processes that shape forest genetic diversity from a population to landscape level
- develop strategies, methods and tools for the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity
- disseminate knowledge and information about conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources among both international and national fora.
Research activities focus on priority species groups: food tree species, medicinal and aromatic tree species, wood and fibre, and fodder tree species.