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West and Central Africa – Dry Regions

Evaluating size and color of tomato fruit to begin the sorting process.

World Vegetable Center
West and Central Africa – Dry Regions
Samako Research Station
BP 320 Bamako

T: +223 2070-9200
F: +223 2022-8683

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The Center’s African regional program began in 1992 in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Today WorldVeg has professional research and development staff working across Africa on important vegetable crops such as tomato, pepper, onion and cabbage, as well as a range of African traditional vegetables, and partners with more than 40 national institutions and many international organizations.

The Center operates three regional bases in Africa: in Mali for West and Central Africa – Dry Regions (established in 2014), in Benin for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions (2017), and in Tanzania for Eastern and Southern Africa (1992). There is a liaison office in Cameroon to reach into sub-Saharan Africa with improved vegetable varieties and production technologies.

The vegetable sector in sub-Saharan Africa is severely underdeveloped and vegetable consumption is extremely low. In Africa’s diverse agroclimatic zones, there is enormous potential for smallholder farmers to produce numerous vegetable crops for domestic and international markets.

Vegetables are often the most important source of cash income for smallholder farmers, and indigenous vegetables provide an important source of nutrition, particularly for poor people. New varieties and improved management methods have been developed and extended through training programs for research and extension workers and smallholder farmers.


Renewing a strategy for Mali

Vegetable production is among the activities in USAID's new five-year commitment to advance agriculture for development in Mali. 

Developing a concept for SAFEVEG

WorldVeg and partners in Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin recently began planning for a new initiative to tap rising urban demand for safe, affordable, and nutritious vegetables.

Hub tour

A team of WorldVeg staff fanned out across Mali to assess field conditions at several group training locations.


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Sidibe, AmaraProject Accountant amara.sidibe(at)
Awotide, Bola Amoke Agricultural Economicsbola.awotide(at)
Diakite, Angeleoffice Managerangele.diakite(at)
Traore, IssaCommunity Mobilization Officerissa.traore(at)
Marico, AmadouLogistics and procurment officer amadou.marico(at)
Mémé Kone, Abdoul Karim Field officer – Agribusiness Developmentabdoul.kone(at)
Goro, BoucaryField officer – Agribusiness Developmentboucary.goro(at)
Togo, MamadouField Technician - Moptimamadou.togo(at)
Tanou, FatogomaField Technician – Moptifatogoma.tanou(at)
Togo, IssakaField Technician – Moptiissaka.togo(at)
Traore, Binta Henriette Head Regional Administration and Financehenriette.traore(at)
Omar, DioufHorticulture Scaling Project Manager omar.diouf(at)
Bamia, AmadouProject Nutrition Research Technicianamadou.bamia(at)
Konate, AwaProject Nutrition Research Technicianawa.konate(at)
Berthe, KarimProject Nutrition Research Techniciankarim.berthe(at)
Kone, MamadouProject Nutrition Research Technicianmamadou.kone(at)
Diallo, SoryProject Nutrition Research Techniciansory.diallo(at)
Sobgui, CarolineNutrition Specialistcaroline.sobgui(at)
Legesse, Wubetu BihonPlant Health Scientistwubetu.legesse(at)
Edoh, Ognakossan KukomProduction and Postharvest Specialistkukom.edoh(at)
Toure, HamidProject Liaison Officerhamid.toure(at)
Togola, Yaya Project Research Technician – Sokouraniyaya.togola(at)
Guindo, Amassagou ThomasProject Research Technician – Moptiamassagou-thomas.guindo(at)
Maiga, Boubacar HassimiProject Research Technician – Moptiboubacar-hassimi.maiga(at)
Diakite, Djenebou KabaProject Research Technician – Moptidjenebou-kaba.diakite(at)
Dougnon, EmmanuelProject Research Technician – Moptiemmanuel.dougnon(at)
Guindo, Nouhoun Project Research Technician – Moptinouhoun.guindo(at)
Coulibaly, Omar Project Research Technician – Moptiomar.coulibaly(at)
Sanogo, SafiatouProject Research Technician – Moptisafiatou.sanogo(at)
Ndiaye, KabirouRegional Directorkabirou.ndiaye(at)
Kanouté, MoussaResearch Assistantmoussa.kanoute(at)
Diarra, HonafingResearch Assistant - Nutritionhonafing.diarra(at)
Diarra, Ba GermainResearch Assistant - Seed multiplicationbagermain.diarra(at)
Traore, AlphasidyResearch Associatealphasidy.traore(at)
Diallo, RakiResearch Associateraki.diallo(at)
Sanogo, SekouResearch Associatesekou.sanogo(at)
Coulibaly, KeribaResearch Associate - Breederkeriba.coulibaly(at)
Diallo, AlphaResearch Technicianalpha.diallo(at)
Diallo, GaoussouResearch Techniciangaoussou.diallo(at)
Traore, SiakaResearch Techniciansiaka.traore(at)
Doumbia, LassanaSenior Finance and Adiministration Officerlassana.doumbia(at)
Tignegre, Jean-BaptisteVegetable Breederjean-baptiste.tignegre(at)