Africa Rice Center is an active steering committee member of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) – a joint initiative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) – which seeks to double rice production over the coming 10 years.
CARD was officially launched in May 2008 at the Tokyo International Conference for Agricultural Development (TICAD-IV) in Yokohama, Japan.
The Coalition serves as a facilitating and coordinating mechanism, building on existing policies and programs, such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and the African Rice Initiative of the Africa Rice Center.
A technical meeting of CARD was hosted by the Africa Rice Center, 2-5 February in Cotonou, Benin, to help the first group of CARD countries build the framework for the national rice development strategies (NRDS). About 45 participants attended this meeting.