AfricaRice ‘Science Week’
to focus on effective collaboration
for large-scale development impact in Africa
Nearly 250 international and national rice research and development
partners from the public and private sectors, including representatives
of national research and extension programs of 28 African countries, are
set to meet at the
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) in Cotonou, Benin, 24-27 February,
to discuss roadmaps and joint action plans for large-scale development
impact in Africa.
“We have adopted a new format this year for our annual research meeting to allow improved planning of collaborative
activities with our partners,” said Dr
Marco Wopereis, AfricaRice Deputy Director General.
“This will ensure that rice research products can be delivered as
rapidly as possible into the hands of those who need them most:
smallholder farmers, along with other stakeholders in the rice value
chain such as millers, processors, and rice consumers.”
Committed to improving livelihoods in the continent through strong
science and effective partnerships, AfricaRice is one of the 15
international agricultural research Centers that are members of the
CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of 25
African member countries.
The Center is implementing its Strategic Plan through the CGIAR Research
Program on Rice – known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP)
– the Rice Task Force mechanism and a network of Rice Sector Development
Hubs set up across Africa to concentrate R&D efforts and connect
partners along the rice value chain.
In addition to reviewing progress in GRiSP-Africa activities and
planning for 2014, the main objectives of the AfricaRice Science Week &
GRiSP-Africa Forum are the following:
Carry out effective and efficient
planning of research-for-development (R4D) activities in 2014 with
Facilitate the building up of ‘a Rice
Sector Development Hub Innovation team’ in each of the 24 countries
where the Rice Hubs have been set up
Determine ‘desirable outcomes’ for
each Hub over the next 5 years and identify the first set of
indicators to gauge progress towards these outcomes
Develop a work plan to achieve the
outcomes in each Hub through dissemination of ‘scalable products’ by
working with development partners from public and private sectors
Plan collaborative research activities
in the various Africa-wide Rice Task Forces and identify
opportunities for synergies between the Task Forces
Familiarize the participants with the
AfricaRice monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tool and the
Rice consumption in Africa is growing
faster than that of any other major staple. It is the single most
important source of dietary energy in West Africa and the third most
important for sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.
AfricaRice strongly believes that the rice sector development can become
an engine for economic growth across the continent and contribute to
eliminating poverty and food insecurity within Africa and raise the
social well-being of millions of poor people.
“The focus of the 2014 AfricaRice Science Week is therefore especially
important considering the designation of 2014 as the ‘Year of
Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’ by the African Union and the
‘International Year of Family Farming’ by the United Nations,” stated Dr
Adama Traoré, AfricaRice
Interim Director General.
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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.
The Center was created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its
membership comprises 27 countries, covering West, Central, East and
North African regions, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau,
Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of
Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.
AfricaRice headquarters is based in Côte d’Ivoire. Staff are located in
Côte d’Ivoire and also in AfricaRice Research Stations in Benin,
Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Senegal. For more information
CGIAR is a global research partnership for a
food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty,
enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources
and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Centers
in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and
regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia,
development organizations and the private sector.