Friday, August 6, 2010

Training course on rice seed production technology for Africa held in Egypt

A training course, Seed Production Technology for Africa, jointly organized by AfricaRice, IRRI, and the Agricultural Research Center of Egypt, was held in Kafr-el Sheikh, Egypt, 1-6 August 2010, under the Green Super Rice (GSR) project with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through CAAS.

The course was attended by more than 30 researchers from 10 African countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda). It covered the areas relating to quality seed production technology for both hybrids and inbreds, as well as the use of CropStat software for statistical analysis.

The main objective of the course was to train researchers to become trainers themselves and promote a similar course in their respective countries with support from their local GSR coordinator and the regional coordinator based at AfricaRice.