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The sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources (SAFORGEN) Programme covers three broad sub-regions in sub-Saharan Africa: West and Central Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.

SAFORGEN seeks to enable people and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to  conserve and use existing forest biodiversity to:

  • assess the dynamic processes that shape forest genetic diversity from a population to landscape level
  • develop strategies, methods and tools for the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity
  • disseminate knowledge and information about conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources among both international and national fora.

Research activities focus on priority species groups: food tree species, medicinal and aromatic tree species, wood and fibre, and fodder tree species.