Thursday, February 5, 2009

Africa Rice Center hosts Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) meeting

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.