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  • Rice Today - Special Supplement for AfricaRice Science Week and GRiSP Africa-Forum, 24-27 February -- Selected features on the impact of rice research in Africa (5 MB)

  • The hybrid alternative for Africa

  • Africa's rice farmers lose millions of dollars to parasitic weeds

  • RiceAdvice: An app tailor-made for African farmers

  • Future rice climates in Africa

  • Senegal’s quiet rice revolution
    Seed growers turn Anambé into a valley of prosperity

  • “Dam” good heroes
    A small dam in M’bé near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire represents the inspiring story of unsung heroes who helped more than 300 farming households survive...


  • A SMART choice for Africa’s inland-valley rice farmers
    “The potential is there, but you can’t eat potential.” This is one of the most memorable statements of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug. His remark would perfectly fit the case of the inland-valley lowlands in Africa, which are known to have high agricultural production potential, but have...

  • Finding flood-prone rice areas in West Africa

  • Hats off to a master juggler

  • A “GEM” for women rice processors in Benin
    A rice parboiling system improves the livelihood of hundreds of women in Benin. ...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: An emerging rice powerhouse in West Africa
    Once a rice exporter, Côte d’Ivoire has spent in recent years nearly USD 500 million annually on rice imports. Now, the country has set its sights on...

  • Two new cold-tolerant rice varieties expand options for Madagascar farmers
    Two new cold-tolerant varieties, FOFIFA 183 and FOFIFA 184, were released for the high-altitude rainfed lowland rice ecosystem through activities of the...


  • Averting hunger in Ebola-hit countries
    The Ebola epidemic had caused a significant shock to the food and agricultural sectors in the affected countries

  • Adding value to Africa’s rice
    Africa researchers are looking at every step rice goes through to lessen wastage and improve its value to help raise income, improve rice quality, and expand the market for locally produced rice products.

  • A game changer in Africa’s rice agronomy
    From the football field to rice fields, Kazuki Saito is proving to be one of Africa’s most valuable players


  • Climate-smart rice for Africa
    Africa faces the reality of climate change with new rice varieties adapted to environmental stresses expected to become more frequent and intense

  • An interview with Peinda Cissé, Senegal’s mother of modern rice farming
    Peinda Cissé proves that rice farming is not just a man’s world anymore

  • Banking on Africa’s rice potential
    The 3rd Africa Rice Congress issued a clarion call to increase investments in Africa’s rice sector so that the continent can realize its rice promise

  • Papa Abdoulaye Seck: an advocate of research for Africa
    His vision and commitment to the goals of AfricaRice have taken it to new heights of excellence and impact


  • Cameroon: Central Africa’s potential rice granary
    Cameroon may soon gain fame as a rising star in rice production.

  • Decoding patterns of climate change and rice diseases
    A study in East Africa seeks to quantify yield losses that are caused by rice diseases under various climate conditions.

  • Uganda: blazing a trail to rice success
    Uganda’s rice imports decreased and its food security improved because of its growing rice production.

  • Giving an edge to young African researchers
    Training Africa’s national partners in rice biotechnology.

  • Trouble from the sky
    Best agricultural practices may be the best scarecrows for Africa’s nemesis in rice fields.


  • Rice in ice
    Tucked away in a giant refrigerated vault, deep inside an ice-covered mountain in Svalbard, Norway, is the foundation of humans’ food—seeds. Neatly packed and frozen to withstand hundreds of years of storage, and just about any conceivable destructive force known to humans, are duplicates of seeds of different crops from all over the world, including more than a hundred thousand seeds of different rice types from Asia and Africa.

  • The genes that could beat the “AIDS of rice
    Rice yellow mottle virus is such a devastating disease in the irrigated and lowland rice fields of West and Central Africa and some other parts of the continent that it has been called the “AIDS of rice” by the farmers. When destructive outbreaks occur, farmers are usually left with little to harvest. Now, using marker-assisted breeding, researchers at AfricaRice are closing in on halting this fearsome scourge.

  • Uprooting underground killers
    Parasitic weeds of the genus Striga—also known as witchweeds—are a major threat to upland rice production in several parts of Africa. The roots of Striga seedlings penetrate the root cells of host plants, among them, rice, and leave them weak and unproductive. AfricaRice and its partners are making significant headway in the struggle to control Striga in rice fields across the continent.

  • Smarter farming via text messaging
    Since its debut in the Philippines in 2011, Nutrient Manager for RiceMobile (NMRiceMobile) has provided rice farmers and extension workers with free fertilizer guidelines via their mobile phones. Through text messages, they can receive advice on the right time, amount, and type of fertilizer to apply to their rice crop to maximize production and profits—and reduce waste. Now, African farmers will soon be getting
    the same sound advice when they need it.

  • A mini-combine for sub-Saharan Africa
    Agricultural mechanization has been responsible for massively increasing production, productivity, and profitability. It is also an important factor that improves the lives of small-scale farmers. However, previous attempts at introducing machines to African farmers were not always successful. AfricaRice, IRRI, and their partners are now turning to holistic programs that ensure sustainable, affordable mechanization suitable to the scale of operations and skills of the smallscale farmers of Africa.

  • Rice seeds making a difference in Africa
    The New Rice for Africa (NERICA) families of varieties came from crosses between African rice (Oryza glaberrima) and Asian rice (Oryza sativa). A total of 18 upland NERICA and 60 lowland NERICA-L varieties are available. These varieties are making rapid headway in sub-Saharan Africa to the benefit of Africa’s rice producers and consumers.

  • The future of rice science
    In 2011, promising young rice scientists and future leaders from around the world joined the Global Rice Science Partnership to undertake research and training in areas ranging from plant pathology to the social sciences. This is the first time such programs have been available at the international level and integrated across different global rice science institutes.

  • The little machine that could
    Africa shifts from backbreaking operations to almost labor-free threshing

  • Rice: Ethiopia's millennium crop
    Rice is now a major livelihood option for farmers in Ethiopia and an important crop for the country's food security

  • Feeding the world in 2050
    To feed the world in 2050, an intelligent combination of four factors is essential: appropriate technologies, good infrastructure, favorable economic and institutional environment, and the preservation of natural resources.

  • Unleashing the force
    “Africa needs trained rice breeders—most African countries have none,” said Kofi Annan.

  • Beware of bronzing
    IRRI's Rice Today, Jul-Sep 2011 Vol. 10 No. 3
    Rice faces its own kryptonite—iron toxicity—and AfricaRice is finding a way to help rice survive it


  • The pillars of Africa's agriculture
    IRRI's Rice Today, Apr-Jun 2011 Vol. 10 No. 2
    In Africa, women play a central role in rice farming, and targeting women in technology dissemination can have a greater impact on poverty than targeting men.

  • Quality matters
    IRRI's Rice Today, Jan-Mar 2011 Vol. 10 No. 1
    Africa shifts its focus to producing quality rice


  • Rice for peace
    IRRI's Rice Today, Oct-Dec 2010 Vol. 9 No. 4
    War-torn African nations turn back to rice to rebuild lives and regain peace


  • Africa seeks "Marshall Plan" for capacity building
    IRRI's Rice Today, July-Sep 2010 Vol. 9 No. 3
    African states work together to unlock the region's potential to increase rice production


  • Pockets of gold
    IRRI's Rice Today, Apr-Jun 2010 Vol. 9 No. 2
    Scientists find a treasure trove of information in Africa's indigenous rice

  • Adapting to change  
    IRRI's Rice Today, Jan-Mar 2010 Vol. 9 No. 1
    Africa develops climate change-resilient rice technologies


  • Weathering the cold 
    IRRI's Rice Today, Jan-Mar 2010 Vol. 9 No. 1
    Africa develops rice that can thrive in the region’s cooler zones


  • Never an empty bowl 
    IRRI's Rice Today, Oct-Dec 2009 Vol. 8 No. 4
    African countries come together to work toward self-sufficiency

  • Uganda's rice revolution 
    IRRI's Rice Today, July-Sep 2009 Vol. 8 No. 3
    Sub-Saharan Africa’s “new kid on the block” positions itself as the rice granary of the region by adopting the right policies and appropriate technologies, strengthening capacity building, and engaging both the public and private sector

  • Drought-proof rice for African farmers
    IRRI's Rice Today, April-June 2009 Vol. 8 No. 2
    Can farmers continue to grow rice if the water supply becomes increasingly scarce?

  • Making science work
    IRRI's Rice Today, January-March 2009 Vol. 8 No. 1
    A communication campaign designed to link rice production with relevant science promises to help African farmers and processors boost their productivity


  • Moving up in Ethiopia
    IRRI's Rice Today, October-December 2008 Vol. 7 No. 4
    If successful, initiatives to boost rice production in Ethiopia can help the country achieve food security


  • Opportunity from crisis
    IRRI's Rice Today, July-September 2008 Vol. 7 No. 3
    From the chaos of the recent rice crisis comes opportunity for African countries intent on boosting production of the continent’s fastest growing staple.


  • The rice AIDS of Africa
    IRRI's Rice Today, April-June 2008, Vol.7, No. 2
    Poor farmers in Africa call it the “rice AIDS” because of its potential for devastation. But a strategy blending cutting-edge biotechnology with regional knowledge may yet stifle the impact of rice yellow mottle virus.


  • African rice research expands
    IRRI's Rice Today, January-March 2008, Vol.7, No. 1
    Four new countries have become members of the Africa Rice Center, signaling increased investment in rice research and the growing importance of rice in Africa.

  • Three heads are better than one
    IRRI's Rice Today, October-December 2007, Vol.6, No. 4
    In the face of steeply rising rice prices, three of the world’s leading international agricultural research institutes plan to combine their activities in Africa and so create a powerful new force focused on boosting African rice production.


  • Forging a rice partnership for Africa
    IRRI's Rice Today, July-September 2007, Vol.6, No. 3
    When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion!”—so goes a well-known Ethiopian saying. This could be an apt description for the new partnership being forged among international research centers to address sub-Saharan Africa’s enormous rice challenge.

  • The rice man of Africa
    IRRI's Rice Today, April-June 2007, Vol.6, No. 2
    Growing up in Sierra Leone, rice researcher Monty Jones was encouraged to become a priest. It’s lucky for Africa he didn’t.

  • In search of new seeds
    IRRI's Rice Today, January-March 2007, Vol.6, No. 1
    The improved New Rice for Africa varieties are helping not only African grain farmers but seed producers as well.

  • Putting rice on the African agenda
    IRRI's Rice Today, October-December 2006, Vol.5, No. 4
    The recent Africa Rice Congress in Tanzania helped chart the course for the future of the rice industry in sub-Saharan Africa







Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)



AfricaRice is a CGIAR Research Center –
part of a global research partnership
for a food-secure future.
It is also an intergovernmental association of
African member countries.


AfricaRice Headquarters
01 BP 4029, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire
T: +225 22 48 09 10; F: +225 22 44 26 29

M’bé Research Station
01 B.P. 2551, Bouaké 01, Côte d'Ivoire
T: +225 22 48 09 20; F: +225 31 63 25 78

E: AfricaRice@cgiar.org


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