Friday, September 16, 2016

AfricaRice hosts FAO meeting on sustainable rice systems development in SSA

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) hosted a 1-day meeting on 15 September 2016 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to discuss with partners its project to promote sustainable rice production systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  

The project will be led by FAO with support from Venezuela under the South-South Cooperation framework to assist 10 SSA countries to strengthen their food security through more efficient rice production.

The meeting discussed the priority needs of the countries, based on individual country needs assessment, carried out by FAO and the countries, which revealed that the most common issues for the countries are the access to quality seed at every level (breeder's seeds, foundation seeds and certified seeds); postharvest and processing technologies; and capacity strengthening along the rice value chain. 

The partners invited to the meeting include representatives from the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), FAO, AfricaRice, among others. 

Participants who attended the meeting are as follows:
  • World Bank: Mr Hiroshi Hiraoka, Senior Agriculture Economist, AFTA2; and Jeanette M. Sutherland, Sr. Private Sector Development Consultant, Agribusiness
  • FAO: Suffyan Koroma, Senior Trade Economist, FAO Regional Office for Africa, Ghana; Akanvou Léopold Edgar, FAO Representative in Côte d’Ivoire; Peter Anaadumba, Programme Officer (Economist), FAO South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division, Rome
  • AfricaRice: Etienne Duveiller,  Deputy Director General-Director of Research for Development;  Samuel Bruce-Oliver, Director of Strategic Partnerships; Paul Kiepe, Interim Advisor; Sidi Sanyang, Rice Sector Development Program Leader; Sali Atanga Ndindeng, Grain Quality and Postharvest Technology Scientist; Ampar Vittalaraya Kini, Seed Systems Development Coordinator; Saidu Bah, Seed Production Specialist.        
The meeting falls within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between FAO and AfricaRice for scientific and technical cooperation in consolidating sustainable rice systems development in Africa.

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