Supported by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya, the network was established in 1993 and is currently made up of 134 member institutions (universities and colleges) in 35 African countries. It emerged from a series of educational workshops supported by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the 1990s and was launched in 1993 by 17 universities and 12 technical colleges teaching land use and disciplines in sub-Saharan Africa.
The network consists of four regional chapters known as RAFTs (Regional Agricultural Fora for Training - one each in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), Southern Africa (SA), the Sahelian countries (Sahel), and the Africa Humid Tropics countries (AHT)) - and 21 National Chapters known as NAFTs (National Agricultural Fora for Training). Activities in each RAFT are spearheaded through a Focal Institution. The ANAFE Secretariat is based in Nairobi Kenya and supports the networking functions.