Thursday, March 2, 2017

UEMOA-funded AfricaRice project plans activities to boost West Africa’s rice sector

As part of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)-funded project on rice sector development in West Africa, a review and planning meeting was organized, 27-28 February 2017, at the AfricaRice Training Center in Saint Louis, Senegal. 

The 3-year UEMOA project covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo is being implemented by AfricaRice within the framework of UEMOA’s agricultural policy (PAU).

The project aims at delivering eight outputs:
  1. Identification, production and distribution of rice varieties adapted to climate change and varieties with good grain quality
  2. Best rice crop management practices to increase productivity
  3. Good post-harvest practices to reduce losses and improve quality
  4. Introduction and adaptation of equipment (for land preparation, weeding, harvesting and transport of rice) and training of small and medium-scale enterprises in the manufacture of equipment
  5. Promote functional and sustainable contractual arrangements between the different rice value chain actors
  6. Capacity building and large-scale dissemination
  7. Development of regional instruments for improving information for food security, knowledge management and decision support tools for all stakeholders in the rice sector.
  8. Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation and Impact Assessment

The participants included eight country coordinators of the project and coordinators of the Africa-wide Rice Task Forces on Policy, Processing and Value Addition, and Mechanization. Discussions focused on the project’s second year results and work plans for the third year. AfricaRice and its partners are implementing the project activities through the Task Force and the Rice Sector Development Hub mechanisms. 

The meeting was chaired by the AfricaRice regional coordinator of the project Dr Karim Traoré. The UEMOA resident representative at Dakar, Mr Dossolo Diarra took an active part in the meeting and expressed his satisfaction and support for the pursuit of the project activities.

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