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.


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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