13
Dec
2013

AfricaRice and its partners pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Delegates and participants of the 29th Ordinary Session of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers held in N’Djamena, Chad, 10-11 December 2013, took some time off from the meeting to express their feelings on the passing away of Nelson Mandela. 

Speakers in the podcast (in order of intervention)
  • Adama Traoré, Director General-Interim, AfricaRice
  • Hon. Moussa Mahamat Agrey, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Chad
  • Hon. Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research, Republic of Congo
  • Hon. Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’équipement rural, Senegal
  • Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, Minister of State for Fisheries, Uganda
  • Yte Wongbe, Directeur général, Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Côte d'Ivoire
  • Grégoire Bani, Directeur général, Centre de recherche agricole de Loudima (CRAL), République du Congo
  • Ramadjita Tabo, Deputy Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana
  • Famoï Béavogui, Directeur général, Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée (IRAG), Guinea
  • Aaron Marshall, Director General, Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Liberia
  • Bruno Rakotomahefa, Directeur général, Technique, Ministère de l'Agriculture, Madagascar
  • Bourema Dembelé, Directeur général, Institut d'Economie Rurale (IER), Mali
  • Alioune Fall, Directeur général, Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Sénégal
  • Aboubakar Njoya, Directeur des Programmes, Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles (CORAF/WECARD), Senegal
  • Djondang Koye, Directeur Scientifique, Institut Tchadien de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (ITRAD), Tchad
  • Atsu Comlan Agbobli, Directeur général, Institut Togolais de Recherche Agricole (ITRA), Togo
Podcast by : R.Raman, AfricaRice
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2
Dec
2013

AfricaRice-Cameroon: Central Africa’s potential rice granary

While Cameroon is renowned worldwide as the land of the 'Indomitable Lions' and is often described as 'Africa in miniature' -- because of its rich diversity of climate, ecology, landscape and culture -- few are aware that the country has huge potential to not only achieve rice self-sufficiency but to also become the rice granary of the Central African sub-region.

The country is endowed with large swathes of arable land, abundant water resources and favorable agro-climatic conditions that offer high potential for rice production. Recognizing the agribusiness potential and in response to the food crisis that severely affected Cameroon in 2008, the government is taking measures to revitalize the rice sector.

Several donors, such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are supporting the government's efforts to improve food security.

For more, listen to this podcast or visit www.AfricaRice.org

Podcast by : Savitri Mohapatra, AfricaRice; R.Raman, AfricaRice
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