Friday, March 21, 2014

AfricaRice at the CGIAR Consortium Board meeting

photo courtesy : icrisat

AfricaRice Interim Director General Adama Traoré participated in the CGIAR Consortium Board members and Center directors meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 19-20 March. The meeting was hosted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The CGIAR Consortium is an international organization made up of 15 Centers engaged in research for a food-secure future, whose main role is to oversee the implementation of CGIAR’s Strategy and Results Framework, including the CGIAR Research Programs.

"The agricultural sector is crucial today, more than ever before, particularly in the face of climate change and the increasing global population. The CGIAR Research Programs are large-scale strategic programs put in place to deal with the cross-cutting nature of these challenges,'' says Dr Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium. ''Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions, where a majority of the population are small-holder farmers who frequently face food insecurity and poverty.”

The meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the excellent work Centers and CGIAR Research Programs are conducting and achieving in eastern and southern Africa. An exhibition of posters was one of the highlights of the meeting.

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