Thursday, September 3, 2009

27th Council of Ministers Meeting

The 27th Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting of AfricaRice was held at Lomé, Togo, on 2 and 3 September. The COM resolved to change of the Center from West Africa Rice Development Association to Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), “considering the expansion of the geographical mandate of Africa Rice Center towards Eastern Africa, Central Africa and Northern Africa.

Further, the COM endorsed the establishment of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) between AfricaRice, IRRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

The COM also congratulated Director General, Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and the staff of AfricaRice for their efforts to increase the international visibility of the Center.