Saturday, March 12, 2011

GSR Mid-Term Review

The Green Super Rice (GSR) project underwent its mid-term review in March. The review team included scientists from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and started its tour by visiting sites in Mozambique and Mali from 1 to 7 March. On 10–12 March, AfricaRice hybrid-rice breeder Raafat El-Namaky led visits to GSR project sites in Senegal and the review team held discussions with breeders at the Sahel Station. The sites visited included the Sahel Station itself, Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA) Saint-Louis office and a farmer’s field in Ross Bethio, where promising hybrid-rice breeding lines are being evaluated in comparison with local checks.