15
Apr
2019

Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky delivering her goodwill message at the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award ceremony

AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for 2019

This is an annual award, which was instituted by AfricaRice in honor of the late Dr Robert Carsky who served as agronomist at AfricaRice. The Carsky Award is conferred on staff, who have demonstrated high standards of excellence and made exceptional contributions to rice research, training and research support. Two awards are given every year, one to an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) and the other to a General Support Staff (GSS).

Dr Gaudiose Mujawamariya, and Rice Value Chain Expert and Gender Focal Point, who also serves as AfricaRice Representative in Madagascar received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for IRS on 11 April at the 45th Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, M’bé, Côte d’Ivoire. She received this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to rice research in Africa, especially relating to rice value chain in Eastern Africa and her ongoing work on integrating gender in AfricaRice research. She has also contributed significantly to building strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts.

Mr Sanogo Fassouma, Senior Translator at AfricaRice, received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for GSS for his outstanding support to AfricaRice translation service, strong commitment, trustworthiness, sense of responsibility and hard work.

Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky handed over the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award to the winners in the presence of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees and staff members.

15
Apr
2019

2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award : Dr Etienne Duveiller reading out the citation for the winner in the IRS category

AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for 2019

This is an annual award, which was instituted by AfricaRice in honor of the late Dr Robert Carsky who served as agronomist at AfricaRice. The Carsky Award is conferred on staff, who have demonstrated high standards of excellence and made exceptional contributions to rice research, training and research support. Two awards are given every year, one to an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) and the other to a General Support Staff (GSS).

Dr Gaudiose Mujawamariya, and Rice Value Chain Expert and Gender Focal Point, who also serves as AfricaRice Representative in Madagascar received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for IRS on 11 April at the 45th Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, M’bé, Côte d’Ivoire. She received this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to rice research in Africa, especially relating to rice value chain in Eastern Africa and her ongoing work on integrating gender in AfricaRice research. She has also contributed significantly to building strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts.

Mr Sanogo Fassouma, Senior Translator at AfricaRice, received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for GSS for his outstanding support to AfricaRice translation service, strong commitment, trustworthiness, sense of responsibility and hard work.

Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky handed over the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award to the winners in the presence of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees and staff members.

15
Apr
2019

2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award : Savitri Mohapatra reading out the citation for the winners in the GSS category

AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for 2019

This is an annual award, which was instituted by AfricaRice in honor of the late Dr Robert Carsky who served as agronomist at AfricaRice. The Carsky Award is conferred on staff, who have demonstrated high standards of excellence and made exceptional contributions to rice research, training and research support. Two awards are given every year, one to an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) and the other to a General Support Staff (GSS).

Dr Gaudiose Mujawamariya, and Rice Value Chain Expert and Gender Focal Point, who also serves as AfricaRice Representative in Madagascar received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for IRS on 11 April at the 45th Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, M’bé, Côte d’Ivoire. She received this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to rice research in Africa, especially relating to rice value chain in Eastern Africa and her ongoing work on integrating gender in AfricaRice research. She has also contributed significantly to building strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts.

Mr Sanogo Fassouma, Senior Translator at AfricaRice, received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for GSS for his outstanding support to AfricaRice translation service, strong commitment, trustworthiness, sense of responsibility and hard work.

Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky handed over the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award to the winners in the presence of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees and staff members.

8
Mar
2019

International Women’s Day 2019

Innovating for change: Spotlight on a champion rice processor in Africa

 

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2019, the theme of which is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change,” AfricaRice is saluting Mme Aichatou Camara, president of a 55-member women rice processors’ association in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire.

 

A strong advocate for innovating for change, particularly in rice processing, Mme Camara, along with her association, is a trailblazer in seizing the benefits of new technologies, such as the new energy-efficient and gender-responsive parboiling system called GEM.

 

Rice parboiling is a process that involves partial boiling of rice in the husk before milling to protect the rice from breaking during milling, preserve nutrition and enhance quality. The process is carried out mainly by rural women in Africa.

 

The demand for good quality parboiled rice is high in parts of Africa. But, the traditional parboiling process is laborious, time-consuming and unsafe, producing rice with impurities, broken and burnt grains and undesirable smell. It also requires lots of firewood and water.

 

Recognizing the invaluable contribution of rural women to sustainable development, AfricaRice has developed the GEM technology to reduce the drudgery of women rice processors, like Mme Camara, who are the backbone of food security for their families and communities.

 

The GEM is safer to operate and is equipped with hoists and rails to lift and move the heavy vessels in which the paddy is steamed with ease by women. It helps rural women produce cleaner and higher-quality rice that fetches higher price on the local market, enhancing their economic opportunities to build a better future.

 

GEM is more economical than traditional methods. It enables the women to process large quantities of paddy rice in a relatively short time. It also includes an eco-friendly stove that is fed by a solar-powered fan and runs on rice husk, which is a free and abundant fuel in rice-producing areas.

 

Two years ago, Mme Camara and members of her association underwent a training course on the use of the GEM rice-parboiling system. Empowered with technical knowledge and skills, they have turned rice parboiling into a profitable enterprise.

8
Mar
2019

Journée internationale de la femme 2019

Innover pour le changement : Une championne de la transformation du riz en Afrique à l’honneur

 

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme 2019, dont le thème est « Penser équitablement, bâtir intelligemment, innover pour le changement », AfricaRice salue Mme Aichatou Camara, présidente d'une association des étuveuses du riz, composée de 55 membres, à Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire.

 

Mme Camara, fervente partisane de l'innovation pour le changement, en particulier dans la transformation du riz, est une pionnière pour saisir les avantages des nouvelles technologies, telles que le nouveau système d'étuvage économe en énergie et favorable aux femmes, appelé GEM.

 

L'étuvage du riz est un processus qui consiste à faire bouillir partiellement le riz dans la balle avant l’usinage afin d’éviter que le riz se brise pendant l’usinage, de préserver sa valeur nutritive et d’améliorer sa qualité. Le processus est effectué principalement par les femmes rurales en Afrique.

 

Le riz étuvé de bonne qualité est prisé dans certaines régions d’Afrique. Cependant, la méthode d'étuvage traditionnel est laborieuse, prend du temps et n'est pas sûre. Il produit un riz avec des impuretés, des grains cassés et brûlés et une odeur indésirable. Il nécessite également beaucoup de bois de chauffage et d'eau.

 

Reconnaissant la contribution inestimable des femmes rurales au développement durable, AfricaRice a mis au point la technologie GEM afin de réduire la corvée des transformatrices de riz, comme Mme Camara, qui sont les piliers de la sécurité alimentaire pour leurs familles et leurs communautés.

 

Le GEM est plus sûr à utiliser et est équipé de palans et de rails pour lever et déplacer les récipients lourds dans lesquels le paddy est facilement cuit à la vapeur par les femmes. Il aide les femmes des zones rurales à produire un riz plus propre et de meilleure qualité, à un prix plus élevé sur le marché local, ce qui leur permet d'améliorer leurs perspectives économiques et de bâtir un avenir meilleur.

 

Le GEM est plus économique que les méthodes traditionnelles. Il permet aux femmes de traiter de grandes quantités de paddy en un temps relativement court. Il comprend également un poêle écologique alimenté par un ventilateur fonctionnant à l'énergie solaire et alimenté en balle de riz, un combustible gratuit et abondant dans les zones productrices de riz.

 

Il y a deux ans, Mme Camara et les membres de son association ont suivi un cours de formation sur l'utilisation du système d'étuvage du riz GEM. Dotés de connaissances et de compétences techniques, elles ont transformé l’étuvage du riz en une entreprise rentable.

 

Entretien avec Mme Aichatou Camara, présidente d’une association de transformatrices de riz, composée de 55 membres, basée à Bouaké, en Côte d’Ivoire.

19
Feb
2019

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 : Big Data in Agriculture by AfricaRice Biometrician Dr Ibnou Dieng

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 adopts a forward-looking perspective

Over five days, more than 70 participants, consisting mainly of AfricaRice scientists, as well as key technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire met at the Science Week 2019 to discuss ongoing work, progress, modes of partnership and research support.

The Science Week was held, 11-15 February 2019, at AfricaRice’s main research station in M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. The objectives of the Science Week 2019 were the following: (1) Research planning and strategic thinking; (2) Sharing information on external landscape and institutional developments; (3) Setting program priorities, identifying gaps and resource requirements; (4) Increasing institutional efficiency; (5) Developing more effective partnerships; (6) Catalyzing scientific exchanges and support for research and development

A major highlight of this year’s Science Week was a joint reflection on strategic issues, challenges and opportunities for charting the future direction of research at AfricaRice for the next five years against the backdrop of the evolving funding landscape.

Another distinguishing feature of the Science Week was the presence of technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire testifying to a mutual commitment to renewed strengthening of partnership.

Prof. Pétronille Acray-Zengbethe, Director General for Research and Innovation at the Ivorian Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education, and Dr Yté Wongbé, Director General of the Ivorian National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) pledged strong support to collaborative initiatives.

Other partners included representatives from ADERIZ, PADFA, Universities of F.H. Boigny, Abobo/Adjamé, Bouaké and Yamoussoukro as well as ROPPA farmers’ organization, Bouaké parboilers innovation platform and Bilhof seed enterprise.

19
Feb
2019

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 : Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) and AfricaRice by IBP Regional Deployment Manager Dr Alioune Mbow

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 adopts a forward-looking perspective

Over five days, more than 70 participants, consisting mainly of AfricaRice scientists, as well as key technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire met at the Science Week 2019 to discuss ongoing work, progress, modes of partnership and research support.

The Science Week was held, 11-15 February 2019, at AfricaRice’s main research station in M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. The objectives of the Science Week 2019 were the following: (1) Research planning and strategic thinking; (2) Sharing information on external landscape and institutional developments; (3) Setting program priorities, identifying gaps and resource requirements; (4) Increasing institutional efficiency; (5) Developing more effective partnerships; (6) Catalyzing scientific exchanges and support for research and development

A major highlight of this year’s Science Week was a joint reflection on strategic issues, challenges and opportunities for charting the future direction of research at AfricaRice for the next five years against the backdrop of the evolving funding landscape.

Another distinguishing feature of the Science Week was the presence of technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire testifying to a mutual commitment to renewed strengthening of partnership.

Prof. Pétronille Acray-Zengbethe, Director General for Research and Innovation at the Ivorian Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education, and Dr Yté Wongbé, Director General of the Ivorian National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) pledged strong support to collaborative initiatives.

Other partners included representatives from ADERIZ, PADFA, Universities of F.H. Boigny, Abobo/Adjamé, Bouaké and Yamoussoukro as well as ROPPA farmers’ organization, Bouaké parboilers innovation platform and Bilhof seed enterprise.

19
Feb
2019

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 : Welcome remarks by AfricaRice Deputy Director General Dr Etienne Duveiller

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 adopts a forward-looking perspective

Over five days, more than 70 participants, consisting mainly of AfricaRice scientists, as well as key technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire met at the Science Week 2019 to discuss ongoing work, progress, modes of partnership and research support.

The Science Week was held, 11-15 February 2019, at AfricaRice’s main research station in M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. The objectives of the Science Week 2019 were the following: (1) Research planning and strategic thinking; (2) Sharing information on external landscape and institutional developments; (3) Setting program priorities, identifying gaps and resource requirements; (4) Increasing institutional efficiency; (5) Developing more effective partnerships; (6) Catalyzing scientific exchanges and support for research and development

A major highlight of this year’s Science Week was a joint reflection on strategic issues, challenges and opportunities for charting the future direction of research at AfricaRice for the next five years against the backdrop of the evolving funding landscape.

Another distinguishing feature of the Science Week was the presence of technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire testifying to a mutual commitment to renewed strengthening of partnership.

Prof. Pétronille Acray-Zengbethe, Director General for Research and Innovation at the Ivorian Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education, and Dr Yté Wongbé, Director General of the Ivorian National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) pledged strong support to collaborative initiatives.

Other partners included representatives from ADERIZ, PADFA, Universities of F.H. Boigny, Abobo/Adjamé, Bouaké and Yamoussoukro as well as ROPPA farmers’ organization, Bouaké parboilers innovation platform and Bilhof seed enterprise.

19
Feb
2019

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 : Opening remarks by CNRA Director General Dr Yté Wongbé

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 adopts a forward-looking perspective

Over five days, more than 70 participants, consisting mainly of AfricaRice scientists, as well as key technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire met at the Science Week 2019 to discuss ongoing work, progress, modes of partnership and research support.

The Science Week was held, 11-15 February 2019, at AfricaRice’s main research station in M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. The objectives of the Science Week 2019 were the following: (1) Research planning and strategic thinking; (2) Sharing information on external landscape and institutional developments; (3) Setting program priorities, identifying gaps and resource requirements; (4) Increasing institutional efficiency; (5) Developing more effective partnerships; (6) Catalyzing scientific exchanges and support for research and development

A major highlight of this year’s Science Week was a joint reflection on strategic issues, challenges and opportunities for charting the future direction of research at AfricaRice for the next five years against the backdrop of the evolving funding landscape.

Another distinguishing feature of the Science Week was the presence of technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire testifying to a mutual commitment to renewed strengthening of partnership.

Prof. Pétronille Acray-Zengbethe, Director General for Research and Innovation at the Ivorian Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education, and Dr Yté Wongbé, Director General of the Ivorian National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) pledged strong support to collaborative initiatives.

Other partners included representatives from ADERIZ, PADFA, Universities of F.H. Boigny, Abobo/Adjamé, Bouaké and Yamoussoukro as well as ROPPA farmers’ organization, Bouaké parboilers innovation platform and Bilhof seed enterprise.

19
Feb
2019

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 : Opening remarks by AfricaRice Board member Prof Séraphin Kati-Coulibaly

AfricaRice Science Week 2019 adopts a forward-looking perspective

Over five days, more than 70 participants, consisting mainly of AfricaRice scientists, as well as key technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire met at the Science Week 2019 to discuss ongoing work, progress, modes of partnership and research support.

The Science Week was held, 11-15 February 2019, at AfricaRice’s main research station in M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. The objectives of the Science Week 2019 were the following: (1) Research planning and strategic thinking; (2) Sharing information on external landscape and institutional developments; (3) Setting program priorities, identifying gaps and resource requirements; (4) Increasing institutional efficiency; (5) Developing more effective partnerships; (6) Catalyzing scientific exchanges and support for research and development

A major highlight of this year’s Science Week was a joint reflection on strategic issues, challenges and opportunities for charting the future direction of research at AfricaRice for the next five years against the backdrop of the evolving funding landscape.

Another distinguishing feature of the Science Week was the presence of technical partners and value chain actors from Côte d’Ivoire testifying to a mutual commitment to renewed strengthening of partnership.

Prof. Pétronille Acray-Zengbethe, Director General for Research and Innovation at the Ivorian Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education, and Dr Yté Wongbé, Director General of the Ivorian National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) pledged strong support to collaborative initiatives.

Other partners included representatives from ADERIZ, PADFA, Universities of F.H. Boigny, Abobo/Adjamé, Bouaké and Yamoussoukro as well as ROPPA farmers’ organization, Bouaké parboilers innovation platform and Bilhof seed enterprise.