Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chevalier honor for DG

AfricaRice Director General, Dr Papa A Seck was honored by the French Government with the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole for his service for strengthening agricultural research. His other distinctions include the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Lion conferred by the Government of Senegal in 2005 for his services to the country; the Certificate of recognition from Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in 2005; and the Medal of Honor from the West and Central African Council for Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) in 2007.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

27th Council of Ministers Meeting

The 27th Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting of AfricaRice was held at Lomé, Togo, on 2 and 3 September. The COM resolved to change of the Center from West Africa Rice Development Association to Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), “considering the expansion of the geographical mandate of Africa Rice Center towards Eastern Africa, Central Africa and Northern Africa.

Further, the COM endorsed the establishment of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) between AfricaRice, IRRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

The COM also congratulated Director General, Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and the staff of AfricaRice for their efforts to increase the international visibility of the Center.