IFPRI West and Central Africa

Office: Dakar, Senegal

African countries have experienced a sustained period of economic recovery since the mid-1990s. This recent progress across African nations, however, has not yet compensated for the ground lost to poverty, hunger, and malnutrition over the previous 25 years of virtual stagnation throughout the continent. African economies are therefore under strong pressure to not only continue to grow swiftly and steadily but also to sustain their poverty-reducing impacts.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) has created a strong platform for policy and partnership renewal in the agricultural sector, with the goal of raising investments and improving policy and strategy implementation and outcomes. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has actively worked with African governments and stakeholders to provide policy-relevant advice and knowledge products to facilitate implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) agenda. IFPRI currently spends more than half its resources on Africa and focuses its investments in two regions through the East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the West and Central Africa Office (WCAO) in Dakar, Senegal.

By increasing the proximity to its clients and partners, IFPRI has been able to increase its effectiveness on the ground. The regional offices will provide local stakeholders broader access to IFPRI while allowing the Institute to better align its portfolio with the needs of the regions and individual countries.

The West and Central Africa Office (WCAO) in Dakar, Senegal, oversees several Pan-African activities and covers the following countries:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Togo.

The main objective of the WCAO is to facilitate greater alignment of IFPRI’s research, capacity building, and communications activities in West and Central Africa through the building of new strategic partnerships and strengthening of existing ones. The office will therefore help to extend the reach of the Institute across West and Central Africa and facilitate broader access to its products and services as well as strengthen IFPRI’s position as a major contributor to academic and strategic debates in the region.

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