Note of welcome from the Director - West and Central Africa
In West and Central Africa (WCA), the low level of economic activity coupled with high population growth rates over the past decade has led to negative or stagnant growth in real per capita incomes. In many Sahelian countries more than 30% of the population falls below the international poverty line of $1 a day and more than 30% of the population is undernourished. Agriculture accounts for more than 30% of the gross domestic product, employs between 82-92% of the total labor force and is the main source of livelihood for the poor. Domestic food production has not kept pace with the rising population.
A primary driver for ICRISAT's "new" IGNRM (Integrated Genetic and Natural Resource Management) strategy in WCA is market-demand - creating incentives, and thus opportunities, for the poor to grow their way out of poverty through market-orientated production and value addition, in addition to ensuring their own food security.
Our collaborators include National Agricultural and Extension Systems (NARES), various Networks, regional fora (ie, CORAF/WECARD, FARA), CG centers, Advanced Research Institutes (ARIs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Farmers Associations, and the Private Sector.
The Regional hub for WCA is located in Niamey, Niger and scientists are also located in the research center in Bamako, Mali. Another research location is in Kano, Nigeria. ICRISAT's work covers approximately 20 countries in the Semi-Arid Tropics (SAT) of WCA. ICRISAT is currently endowed with core competencies in the areas of agronomy (2), soil science (2), pearl millet breeding (1), sorghum breeding (1), groundnut breeding (1), socio-economy (1) and GIS (1).
This website will provide you with detailed information on the research and development activities of ICRISAT in WCA.
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