Wednesday, February 9, 2011

RISOCAS end-of-project workshop

The international conference on Crop Improvement, Ideotyping and Modelling for African Cropping Systems under Climate Change (CIMAC) was held, 7–9 February, in the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, to mark the end of the project on ‘Rice and sorghum crop adaptation strategies for climate change in Africa’ (RISOCAS). The project partners were the University of Hohenheim (project leader), AfricaRice, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and national partners from Madagascar, Mali and Senegal.

The aim of the RISOCAS project was to develop coping strategies for adaptation of sorghum, upland rice and irrigated rice to changing climatic conditions, along with tools and methodologies to enable stakeholders to develop such strategies further, or to apply them to other crops or environments. The potential users of the methodologies and tools are national research and extension programs, agro-meteorological forecasting and early-warning services.