CORAF/WECARDs focusses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of small-scale producers and the promotion of the agribusiness sector. For that reason, it puts the producers and end-users at the centre of research.
French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Office de recherche scientifique et technique d'Outre-Mer (ORSTOM) - now the Development Research Institute (IRD)-, formed the Conference of African and French leaders of agricultural research institutes (CORAF). The first Executive Secretary of CORAF was Bernard Bachelier and the headquarters of the conference based in Paris. It was during the third Plenary of the institution, held in 1990, in Antananarivo, Madagascar, that the decision to transfer the Secretariat to Dakar, in Senegal, was taken.