West and Central Africa Sorghum Research Network (WCASRN)

Réseau Ouest et Centre africain de recherche sur le sorgho (ROCARS)

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11 Mar 1995, Bamako (Mali), a Regional Sorghum Research Network having been set up, Nov 1984, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), within the framework of Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (AU SAFGRAD) (it became operational in 1986). Ceased to exist 2005; activities will be taken over by the proposed Cereals Network.


Improve the production, productivity and utilization of sorghum, so as to contribute to greater food security and to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of the people of sorghum producing countries of West and Central Africa.

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Strengthens linkages among sorghum researchers in the region for exchange of plant genetic materials, technologies and research information. Assists member countries to improve their research and extension services through human resource development. Coordinates collaborative research among members in the areas of germplasm development and natural resources management research. Facilitates the improvement of sustainable sorghum-based production systems in the region. Improves sorghum production and productivity through partnership in varietal development, integrated pest management and natural resources management. Develops processing equipment and suitable sorghum varieties for different end-uses to drive the market. Develops partnership with relevant stakeholders. Organizes (annually) training programme, a technical workshop and a monitoring tour in institutional and human resources capacity building.


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Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 18 countries
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Subjects *

  • Plant Life
    • Cereals
  • Amenities
    • Food Security
  • Research, Standards
    • Research

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality Education



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