Thursday, April 15, 2010

African Rice Challenge Initiative launched

The Rice Challenge Initiative launching meeting was held in Montpellier, France in 13-15 Apr 2010. This 4-year project, funded by the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) and led by AfricaRice, focuses on breeding for drought tolerance in the rainfed lowland ecosystems in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria.

The main objective is to develop cultivars possessing high-yield potential in normal years and considerably good yield under drought and other major stresses of each target environment in rainfed lowland, which will help sustain rice production, beyond the three target countries, in the large rainfed lowland ecosystem across Africa.
Details of research activities, responsibilities of each partner, the time frames and the budget were discussed at the launching meeting.