9
Feb
2017

Kouame Ambroise, Projet de promotion du riz local (PRORIL), Ministry of Agriculture, Cote d’Ivoire, speaking

Kouame Ambroise, Projet de promotion du riz local (PRORIL), Ministry of Agriculture, Cote d’Ivoire, speaking on “PRORIL activities” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2

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9
Feb
2017

Benoit Clerget, Ecophysiologist, CIRAD, speaking

Benoit Clerget, Ecophysiologist, CIRAD, speaking on “AfricaRice-CIRAD partnerships,” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2.

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9
Feb
2017

Ernest A. Asiedu, Chief of Party, West Africa Seed Program (WASP), CORAF/WECARD, speaking

Ernest A. Asiedu, Chief of Party, West Africa Seed Program (WASP), CORAF/WECARD, speaking on “WASP activities with a focus on collaboration with AfricaRice,” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2.

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9
Feb
2017

Georges Bredou, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Coordinator of Vision for Changes project activities, speaking

Georges Bredou, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Coordinator of Vision for Changes project activities, speaking on “Sustainable intensification of cocoa production in Cote d’Ivoire: A collaborative approach to optimize the potential of cocoa landscape,” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2

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9
Feb
2017

Alexis Ndayiragije, IRRI Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Plant Breeding Program Leader, speaking

Alexis Ndayiragije, IRRI Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Plant Breeding Program Leader,  speaking on “Breeding research and development in East and Southern Africa: Strengthen the collaboration,” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2.

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9
Feb
2017

Seiji Yanagihara, Miyuki Iiyama, JIRCAS, speaking

Seiji Yanagihara, Miyuki  Iiyama, JIRCAS, speaking on “Rice Research : Partnership between JIRCAS and AfricaRice for Rice Self-sufficiency in Africa,” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2.

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9
Feb
2017

Abdoulaye Sawadogo, Director General of NAFASO

Abdoulaye Sawadogo,  Director General of NAFASO, Burkina Faso, speaking on “NAFASO seed enterprise with focus on collaboration with AfricaRice,” at the AfricaRice and Partners science meeting, 2017 AfricaRice Science Week - Part 2.

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23
Nov
2016

AfricaRice Director for Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Dr Samuel Bruce-Oliver speaks at the Joint IFAD-AfDB event

AfricaRice participation at the Joint IFAD-AfDB event on IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2016

Dr Samuel Bruce-Oliver, AfricaRice Director for Partnership and Capacity Strengthening, was invited to participate in the interactive panel discussion on the role of private sector and youth in West and Central Africa's inclusive rural transformation. The discussion was part of the Joint IFAD-AfDB event on IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2016, held on 23 November 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The other panelists were Nouhoun Coulibaly, Director General of Planning, Project Control and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Côte d'Ivoire; Angela Dannson, Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana; Mamadou Cissokho, Honorary President of ROPPA (Network of West African Farmers’ Organizations); Ada Osakwe, Chief Executive, Agrolay Ventures, Nigeria; Adolfo Brizzi, Director, Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD. It was moderated by Thiendou Niang, Afrique Communication, Senegal.

The Rural Development Report 2016 produced by IFAD focuses on inclusive rural transformation as a central element of global efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger, and build inclusive and sustainable societies for all. The report analyses global, regional and national pathways of rural transformation.

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15
Nov
2016

H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck addressing the AfricaRice staff

During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, stated that AfricaRice has a historic responsibility to help its member countries achieve rice self-sufficiency.

In August 2016, Senegal took over the chairmanship of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, which is the supreme governing body of AfricaRice. The Center is an intergovernmental association of 26 African member countries. It is also a CGIAR Research Center – part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

The main objective of Dr Seck’s visit to AfricaRice was to participate in the handover ceremony, where he received documents relating to the chairmanship. Extending a warm welcome to him, AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley said, “This is a great honor for AfricaRice as it is not customary for the Chair of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers to visit, but this shows Dr Seck’s special bond with the Center.”

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6
Oct
2016

AfricaRice Director General leads round table debate on rice self-sufficiency in Africa at ISRFG 2016 side event

The round table debate, which was open to the public, was held on 28 September 2016 in Montpellier, France. The panelists were AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley, Jacqueline Rakotoarsoa, FOFIFA Research Director, Madagascar; Gaoussou Traoré, Coordinator of the National Rice Center, IER, Mali; and Fréderic Lançon, CIRAD Economist, France. The discussion was moderated by Safi Douhi, journalist from Biofutur, a leading magazine on biotechnology. 

The round table was organized as a side event of the 14th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISRFG 2016), hosted by French research organizations in Montpellier, France, 26-29 September 2016, which was attended by more than 300 participants from around the world, including a delegation from AfricaRice. 
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