Thursday, March 10, 2011

Board approves AfricaRice lead role in GRiSP in Africa

At its 2011 meeting, held in Saint-Louis, Senegal, 7–10 March, the Center’s Board of Trustees endorsed AfricaRice’s lead role for the continent in the recently launched Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) that aims to contribute to significantly lowering rice prices and reducing global poverty by more than 10%.

The Board expressed keen interest in the Center’s new research thrusts, including the development of a new generation of climate-resilient rice technologies and innovative approaches, such as the market-oriented value-chain approach being adopted.

Before concluding the meeting, the Board also approved the working budget for 2011 and took key decisions on Board membership. Peter Matlon was elected as the new Board Chairman.