Dr Moussa Sié, Coordinator of the Africa-wide Rice Breeding Task Force and AfricaRice Country Representative in Madagascar, was awarded the honorific title of ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Nationale du Burkina Faso’ in December 2015 on the eve of the 55th anniversary of the independence of Burkina Faso.
The award is given for dedication, professionalism and distinguished service to the nation. Dr Sié, a Burkinabe national, received it for his significant contribution to the development of high-yielding and stress-tolerant rice varieties, which are helping to increase the rice productivity and production in Burkina Faso.
“This recognition is above all a deep appreciation of the Burkinabe government for the work that AfricaRice is doing for the benefit of smallholder rice farmers,” said Dr Sié, who has received several awards for his research.
In 2006, Dr Sié received the 2006 Fukui International Koshihikari Rice Prize of Japan as well as the Burkina Faso Presidential Prize. In March 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Research Director at the National Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA).