Monday, October 31, 2016

AfricaRice and FAO train national partners in Ethiopia in new survey methods

National partners from Ethiopia comprising 26 statisticians, researchers and field workers from the Central Statistical Agency (CSA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, attended a training workshop on rice survey methods, 24-26 October 2016, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

The training workshop was lunched by the EIAR Deputy Director General Dr Adugna Wakjira. Representatives from international institutes, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) offices in Addis and Rome, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and AfricaRice, also attended.

Africarice Impact Assessment Economist Dr Aminou Arouna and FAO consultant Mr Sengphachan Khounthikoummane conducted the training. Different survey methods for rice statistics were discussed during the workshop to improve the data collection methods. The training introduced the participants to two survey methods: the dot sampling method and the list frame method with actual measurement.

The list frame method with actual measurement will be pilot-tested in Fogera district – the main rice-producing area in Ethiopia – as part of the Japan-funded project “Strengthening Agricultural Statistics and Food Security Information in Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) Countries through South-South Cooperation”. The project is being implemented by FAO in collaboration with AfricaRice and CARD member countries.

Monday, October 17, 2016

AfricaRice showcases innovations in 2016 African Agribusiness Incubators Network Conference & Expo

AfricaRice-Benin team participated in the 2016 African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) Conference & Expo, which was organized, 4-6 October in Accra, Ghana, under the theme “Turning science into business: Inclusive agribusiness incubation for vibrant economies.”  

The aim of AAIN is to advance agribusiness incubation and improve agribusiness education in Africa, with a core mandate to strengthen agribusiness incubation capacity as well as commercialize agricultural technologies and innovation in Africa.

AfricaRice showcased posters and publications on a range of innovation including the RiceAdvice application, ASI thresher, the GEM parboiling technology, and mechanical weeders. It also displayed improved rice varieties, samples of parboiled and milled rice and rice-based products. Videos on specific technologies and approaches were projected.

Dignitaries including H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union,  as well as representatives from public, private and non-governmental organizations visited the AfricaRice booth.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

FAO and AfricaRice agree to fast track implementation of MoU for sustainable rice development in Africa

A high-level delegation from FAO led by Mr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, met with AfricaRice management and scientists at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan on 6 Oct 2016 to accelerate the implementation of the memorandum of agreement (MoU) signed in April 2016 between FAO and AfricaRice and other joint plans relating to the sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa.

According to Mr Tijani, this was an opportune time to hold the meeting, as African countries are expecting concrete results from this partnership to lift the rice sector in Africa. “There is a significant and increasing demand for assistance from countries in sub-Saharan Africa so that they can achieve self-sufficiency in rice.”

Extending a warm welcome to the delegation, AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley said, “The main aim of the meeting is to consolidate the partnership and agree on developing plans for joint activities with concrete outputs that will contribute to the sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa.”

The discussion, which was led by Dr Roy-Macauley, focused on the following topics with brief presentations by AfricaRice scientists:

  • General status of implementation of the MoU signed between AfricaRice and FAO 
  • AfricaRice contributions to the implementation of the Initiative on sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa
  • Progress on the organization of a high-level ministerial (HLM) meeting on rice 
  • Establishment of the Africa Rice Biodiversity Center at AfricaRice main research station in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire    
  • Establishment of the Africa Rice Capacity Development Megapole at AfricaRice research station in Saint Louis, Senegal 

The meeting concluded with the following decisions, among others:

  • AfricaRice and FAO focal points will work together to include a framework of indicators for the MoU. 
  • Additional areas for partnership, such as improving the nutritional quality of rice-based diets through biofortification, processing, and dietary diversification, will be included
  • The implementation of the Initiative on sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa will be done in close association with key partners, notably the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD), regional and country partners and donors 
  • The innovations developed by AfricaRice and its partners along the rice value chain will be considered for inclusion in joint projects, including the “Partnership for Sustainable Rice Systems Development in Sub-Saharan Africa” project
  • AfricaRice and FAO, in consultation with the African AUC, NEPAD and AfDB, will continue to follow up on the preparations for the organization of a high-level ministerial meeting on rice, which aims to put rice prominently on Africa’s political agenda. 
  • FAO will explore the possibility of using the Africa Rice Capacity Development Megapole. AfricaRice will give to FAO more details on this multi-capacity development center.
  • FAO will explore the possibility of supporting the Africa Rice Biodiversity Center, which is being established at Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire  

 “AfricaRice is actively contributing through its various rice research-for-development projects to the Initiative on sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa and we are looking forward to jointly implement the MoU by leveraging our comparative advantages,” Dr Roy-Macauley stated.

On behalf of FAO, Mr Tijani expressed his deep appreciation for the meeting. “This forward-looking discussion is very important to us on how we can move forward on various initiatives on sustainable rice development.” 

Mr Tijani was accompanied by members from the FAO Regional Office in Africa (Mohamed Ag Bendech, Senior Nutrition Officer; Suffyan Koroma, Senior Trade Economist; and Koffi Amegbeto, Senior Policy Officer) as well as from FAO-Côte d’Ivoire (Germain Dasylva, FAO Country Representative in Côte d’Ivoire; Pascal Sanginga, Senior Investment Support Officer) and from FAO headquarters in Rome (Peter Atimka Anaadumba, Program Officer (Economist), South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

AfricaRice Director General leads round table debate on rice self-sufficiency in Africa at ISRFG 2016 side event

Leading a round table debate on “Rice self-sufficiency in Africa: challenges and opportunities” AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley stated that rice has become a strategic crop for food security in the continent. “Achieving rice self-sufficiency in Africa is not a utopia, but the concept needs to be better understood,” Dr Roy-Macauley said. “Some rice-consuming countries in SSA are close to achieving rice self-sufficiency, but others have a long way to go.”

The round table debate, which was open to the public, was held on 28 September 2016 in Montpellier, France. The other panelists were Jacqueline Rakotoarsoa, FOFIFA Research Director, Madagascar; Gaoussou Traoré, Coordinator of the National Rice Center, IER, Mali; and Fréderic Lançon, CIRAD Economist, France. The discussion was moderated by Safi Douhi, journalist from Biofutur, a leading French magazine on biotechnology.

“Achieving rice self-sufficiency in Africa is a complex equation,” explained Dr Roy-Macauley, underlining that the demand for rice, which is growing at more than 6% per year, is linked to high urban population growth rate. He added that factors such as strong lobbying of rice importers in Africa and low investments in the rice sector should be also taken into account.

He highlighted that the rice sector in Africa faces major challenges such as lack of favorable rice policies in SSA, weak links among value chain actors, low mechanization and climate change. At the same time there are big opportunities such as the high potential of rice in the continent for food security and employment generation, untapped natural resources in the form of land and water, the rich reservoir of genetic resources in the African rice germplasm pool and the availability of genomic and bioinformatic tools, which will help scientists address the need of sustainably increasing rice yields in the continent.

Explaining that AfricaRice’s strategic vision is to help Africa achieve almost 90% self-sufficiency in rice by year 2020, Dr Roy-Macauley gave examples of research outputs by AfricaRice and its partners, ranging from improved varieties, agronomic practices, approaches, tools to policy findings as well as training efforts, which are contributing to rice self-sufficiency in SSA.

In conclusion, Dr Roy-Macauley said that the combination of four factors is essential for boosting the rice sector in Africa or “Africa Riceing” as AfricaRice calls it: (i) strategic crop (ii) good science and innovation (iii) value chain approach and (iv) favorable policies.

He emphasized that important new initiatives such as the CGIAR Research Program called “RICE” and the African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)” project, among others, with innovation platform approach and public-private partnerships will help to do this.

Following his presentation, Jacqueline Rakotoarsoa, FOFIFA Research Director, Madagascar and Gaoussou Traoré, Coordinator of the National Rice Center, IER, Mali, made presentations on the rice situation in their respective countries. Both Madagascar and Mali are close to achieving rice self-sufficiency, although they still have some challenges to overcome. Frédéric Lançon, CIRAD Economist, France, raised critical policy issues relating to rice self-sufficiency in Africa.
The round table was organized as a side event of the 14th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISRFG 2016), hosted by French research organizations in Montpellier, France, 26-29 September 2016, which was attended by more than 300 participants from around the world, including a delegation from AfricaRice.

The AfricaRice delegation was led by the Director General accompanied by Deputy Director General-Director of Research for Development, Etienne Duveiller, key scientists of the Center’s Genetic Diversity and Improvement Program and communication team.

Welcoming the AfricaRice Director General and Deputy Director General to the opening ceremony, Michel Eddi, CIRAD President Managing Director referred to the rice component of the AfDB-funded “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)” as an important initiative being implemented by AfricaRice to promote the use of products emanating from upstream research in order to respond to the challenges of rice self-sufficiency in Africa.

The Mayor of Saint-Georges-d'Orques and vice president of Montpellier Agglomération Jean-François Audrin, IRD Deputy Executive Director Jean-Marc Châtaigner and Director of Agropolis Foundation Pascal Kosuth were the other speakers at the opening ceremony.

AfricaRice scientists were actively involved in the ISRFG 2016 symposium, which gave a high importance to young scientists. The opening lecture of this symposium was delivered by AfricaRice Molecular Biologist Khady Nani Dramé, on "Molecular breeding to boost rice production in Africa".

Baboucarr Manneh, AfricaRice Irrigated Rice Breeder and coordinator for the African component of the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) and the Green Super Rice (GSR) projects, made a presentation on "Genome-wide association studies to identify QTLs for yield and yield-related traits of rice in the Sahel zone of Africa" under the theme “Rice diversity harnessing for gene discovery and precision breeding”.

An AfricaRice exhibition booth with subject-specific posters and video at ISRFG 2016 attracted many visitors interested to know about the Center’s work and achievements relating to genetic diversity and improvement. Publications on AfricaRice, the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) and STRASA and GSR projects were distributed.

A workshop on African rice was also held at ISRFG to gather researchers, who are interested in the potential of African rice, and to exchange ideas for joint research.

AfricaRice and the French agricultural research institutes – CIRAD and IRD – have a long history of partnership on rice research for development. They are among the key architects of GRiSP along with IRRI, CIAT and JIRCAS. Prior to the round table, Dr Roy-Macauley, Dr Duveiller and key AfricaRice scientists had a technical partnership meeting with research leaders and scientists from IRD and CIRAD, led by Jean-Luc Khalfaoui, CIRAD Director General in charge of Research and Strategy.

The partnership meeting, which was moderated by CIRAD focal point for rice-related research Nourollah Ahmadi, began with presentations on all the recent and ongoing CIRAD and IRD joint projects with AfricaRice. This was followed by discussions focusing on further strengthening the fruitful research collaboration with the development of joint proposals on major emerging challenges relating to the rice sector in Africa.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Representatives from Ivorian government and AfDB express strong support for AfricaRice at Board of Trustees meeting

Dignitaries from the Ivorian government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) expressed their strong support for the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) during the 40thmeeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, 7-9 September 2016, at the center’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The government dignitaries, who visited the headquarters on 8 September, comprised Prof. Ramata Ly-Bakayoko, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (titular Ministry of AfricaRice); Mr Ouattara Wautabouna, representing the Minister of African Integration; Mr Apporture Kouakou, representing the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Mr Edmond Coulibaly, representing the Minister of Finance; and Dr Yacouba Dembélé, Director General of Office National de Développement de la Riziculture (ONDR). Dr Eklou Attiogbevi-Somado represented the AfDB President.

Welcoming the dignitaries, the Board Chair Prof. Eric Tollens highlighted the importance of rice as a strategic food security crop, stressing that Africa’s importation of the grain amounted to over one-third of the global trade in the commodity.

AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley made a presentation on the strategic response of AfricaRice to the vision of the President of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E.  Mr Alassane Ouattara, on self-sufficiency in rice production. In response to the Director General’s presentation, the visiting dignitaries expressed their deep appreciation and solidarity with AfricaRice’s strategy.

Prof. Ly-Bakayoko expressed her happiness to have been invited to address the 40th Board meeting. She characterized the Board as a prestigious governing body that comprised experts in various fields of endeavor from across the globe. She also commended her colleague ministers for sending their representatives to the meeting.

The Director General of ONDR briefly narrated the long history of fruitful partnership with AfricaRice on the provision of high quality seed, capacity strengthening, rice value chain development and youth employment.

Mr Kouakou, representative of the Minister of Agriculture, commended AfricaRice for strengthening the synergy with national scientists, and pledged his ministry’s continued support to the efforts being deployed by the Center. The representative of the Minister of Finance echoed the existence of highly significant rice markets in Côte d’Ivoire, and in the region. He stated that Côte d’Ivoire should go beyond self-sufficiency to rice exportation to these markets.

Dr Attiogbevi-Somado, representing the President of AfDB, thanked AfricaRice for its clear response to the President Ouattara’s vision on rice self-sufficiency. He observed that AfricaRice’s response was in line with the vision of AfDB on agricultural transformation in Africa.

Mr Wautabouna, representing the Minister for African Integration, on his part encouraged AfricaRice to keep up the good work being done in Africa generally, and in Côte d’Ivoire, specifically.

As part of the regular Board proceedings, the Board Chair Prof Tollens gave a report to the Board on his activities since the Board’s last meeting in March 2016, following his assumption of office. The Board Chair’s activities focused both on issues that were directly Center-related and those associated with the reform process of the CGIAR, in which he played an active role.

Dr Roy-Macauley presented the Director General’s report, highlighting activities and achievements of the center’s management team during the preceding six months. The Board was informed of recent advances related to the Director General’s advocacy role. This included negotiations leading to the recent adherence of Ethiopia as the 26th member of AfricaRice; ongoing negotiations with the governments of Tanzania and Malawi to become members of AfricaRice; and working visits to Senegal on arrangements for the hosting of a high-level meeting on rice.

The Director General reported good progress on resource mobilization with several donors, and also highlighted the center’s sustainable funding plans with respect to new funding opportunities. These included the development of partnership with the Office Chérifien de Phosphates (OCP), and the AfDB-funded Technologies for Africa’s Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project.

The Director General also formally presented the two newly recruited senior management staff, Mr Koen Geerts, Director for Corporate Services; and Dr Etienne Duveiller, Deputy Director General & Director Research for Development, who resumed duties, respectively in April and September 2016.

Management briefed the Board on efforts being made in the rehabilitation of the center’s M’Bé station as more staff members relocate to the station. It stressed that funding was a major limitation in fast-tracking the rehabilitation process. The Board was, however, assured that most of the transition to Côte d’Ivoire would be completed by 2017.

Management also briefed the Board on the business continuity of the Center in Benin. The Board was informed of the ongoing construction of a world class gene bank at the M’Bé station with funding from the AfDB and the Crop Trust as well as plans to build a soil testing laboratory of international standards at the M’Bé station, in collaboration with OCP.

Finally, management briefed the Board on the progress made in the introduction of the decision support tool, RiceAdvice, which provides farmers with field-specific management guidelines for rice production in Africa.

The 40th Board examined and approved various policy-related documents, including those on full cost recovery; the center’s overall security policy and standard operating procedures; and the document on the roles, responsibilities and procedures for selecting the Director General.

The Board examined and approved the budget for 2016. The Board, in considering the urgency of achieving both a balanced operational budget for 2017, and the need for ensuring that the highest priority capital investments were made at the M’Bé station, passed the following resolutions: 
  • Management should provide a revised estimate of the 2017 operational budget taking into account financing projections and expenditures needed to achieve a balanced operational budget outcome;
  • In addition, Management should provide estimates of investments required for the complete rehabilitation of the M’Bé station; and,
  • Management should provide scheduled updates on capital development at the M’Bé station.
The Board of Trustees met with the entire headquarters-based staff, during which the Board Chair informed staff members on the major outcomes of the 40th Board meeting. The Board Chair stressed that the center was going through some financial challenges leading to the Board’s recommendation that the center’s expenditures focus only on the most essential and highest priority areas. He called for prudence of all staff in the management of the center’s resources entrusted to their care.

The Chair felicitated all AfricaRice staff for their continuing outstanding performance in sustaining the center as a Center of Excellence in spite of the prevailing financial challenges. The Chair expressed the Board’s confidence in the various steps being taken by management and also on the oversight being provided by the Board. He assured the staff members on the Board’s optimism regarding the improvement of the financial health of the center in the near future.
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Les représentants du gouvernement ivoirien et de la BAD soutiennent fermement AfricaRice lors de la réunion du Conseil d’administration

Des dignitaires du gouvernement ivoirien et de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) se sont engagés à soutenir fermement le Centre du riz pour l’Afrique (AfricaRice) lors de la 40e réunion du Conseil d’administration (CA) d’AfricaRice qui s’est tenue du 7 au 9 septembre 2016 au siège du Centre à Abidjan en Côte d’Ivoire.

Parmi les dignitaires on comptait la ministre de l’Éducation supérieure et de la Recherche scientifique (ministère de tutelle d’AfricaRice) Professeur Ramata Ly-Bakayoko, M. Ouattara Wautabouna, représentant le ministre de l’Intégration africaine, M. Apporture Kouakou, représentant le ministre de l’Agriculture et du Développement rural ; M. Edmond Coulibaly, représentant le ministre des Finances ; Dr Yacouba Dembélé, Directeur général de l’Office national de développement de la riziculture (ONDR) ; et Dr Eklou Attiogbevi-Somado, représentant le président de la BAD.

Tout en souhaitant la bienvenue aux dignitaires qui ont visité le Centre le 8 septembre 2016, le président du CA, Professeur Eric Tollens, a souligné l’importance du riz comme denrée stratégique pour la sécurité alimentaire, en mettant l’accent sur le fait que les importations de riz en Afrique représentaient plus d’un tiers des échanges mondiaux de cette denrée.

Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, le Directeur général d’AfricaRice, a fait une présentation sur la réponse stratégique d’AfricaRice à la vision du président de la Côte d’Ivoire, Son Excellence M. Alassane Ouattara, sur l’autosuffisance en production rizicole. En réponse à la présentation du Directeur général, les invités de marque ont tous apprécié et exprimé leur solidarité à la stratégie du Centre.

Prof. Ly-Bakayoko a exprimé toute la joie qu’elle a ressentie suite à l'invitation à prendre part à la réunion du CA. Elle a qualifié le CA de prestigieux, réunissant des experts de divers domaines de compétences du monde entier. Elle a également félicité ses homologues ministres d’avoir envoyé leurs représentants spéciaux pour prendre part à la réunion.

Le Directeur général de l’ONDR a compté sa longue expérience du partenariat fructueux avec AfricaRice sur la fourniture de semences de qualité, le renforcement des capacités, le développement de la chaîne de valeur du riz et l’emploi des jeunes.

M. Kouakou, représentant du Ministre de l’Agriculture, a félicité AfricaRice pour avoir renforcé la synergie avec les chercheurs nationaux, et a promis le soutien continu de son ministère aux efforts en train d’être déployés par le Centre. Le représentant du ministre des Finances a fait l’écho de l’existence de grands marchés en Côte d’Ivoire et dans la région. Il a déclaré que la Côte d’Ivoire devrait aller au-delà de l’autosuffisance à l’exportation de riz vers ces marchés.

Dr Attiogbevi-Somado, représentant le président de la BAD a remercié AfricaRice pour sa réponse claire à la vision du président Ouattara sur l’autosuffisance en riz. Il a affirmé que la réponse d’AfricaRice était conforme à la vision de la BAD sur la transformation agricole de l’Afrique.

M. Wautabouna, représentant le ministre de l’Intégration africaine a pour sa part encouragé AfricaRice à effectuer du bon travail en Afrique en général et en Côte d’Ivoire en particulier.

Dans le cadre de la procédure régulière du CA, le président du CA, Prof Eric Tollens, a présenté un rapport sur ses activités depuis le CA de mars 2016 suite à sa prise de fonction. Les activités du président du CA se sont focalisées sur les questions qui étaient directement liées au Centre et celles associées au processus de réforme du CGIAR dans lequel il a joué un rôle actif.

Dr Harold Roy-Macauley a présenté le rapport du Directeur général, en mettant en exergue les activités et les réalisations de l’équipe de gestion du Centre lors des derniers six mois. Le CA a été informé des avancées récentes faites relatives au rôle de plaidoyer du DG. Cela a inclus les négociations qui ont abouti à l’adhésion récente de l’Éthiopie comme 26e membre d’AfricaRice ; les négociations en cours avec les gouvernements de la Tanzanie et du Malawi pour qu’ils adhèrent au Centre ; et les visites de travail au Sénégal sur les dispositions en vue de la tenue d’une réunion de haut niveau sur le riz.

Le DG a présenté les bons progrès faits dans la mobilisation des ressources avec plusieurs donateurs et a également fait ressortir les plans de financement durable du Centre par rapport aux nouvelles opportunités de financement. Cela a inclus le développement de partenariat avec l’Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) et le projet sur « Les technologies pour la transformation agricole de l’Afrique (TAAT) » financé par la BAD.

Le Directeur général a aussi présenté officiellement les deux agents cadres du Management nouvellement recrutés, M. Koen Geerts, Directeur des Services institutionnels et Dr Étienne Duveiller, Directeur général adjoint & Directeur de la Recherche pour le développement qui ont pris respectivement fonction en avril et en septembre 2016.

Le Management a briefé le CA sur les efforts faits en termes de réhabilitation de la station du Centre à M’Bé puisque davantage d’agents y déménagent. Il a souligné que le financement était une principale contrainte à l’accélération du processus de réhabilitation. Toutefois, le CA a été rassuré que la grande partie de la transition en Côte d’Ivoire sera achevée en 2017.

Le Management a également briefé le CA sur la continuité des activités du Centre au Bénin. Le CA a été informé de la construction en cours d’une banque de gènes de classe mondiale à la station de M’Bé avec le financement de la BAD et du Crop Trust, de même que des plans visant à construire un laboratoire des sols de norme internationale à la station de M’Bé en collaboration avec l’OCP.

Finalement, le Management a briefé le CA sur les progrès faits dans l’introduction d’un outil d’aide à la décision, RiceAdvice, qui fournit aux producteurs des directives de gestion spécifiques au champ pour la production de riz en Afrique.

Le 40e CA a examiné et approuvé plusieurs documents de politiques y compris ceux sur le recouvrement intégral des coûts ; la politique sécuritaire globale du Centre et les procédures de fonctionnement standard ; et le document sur les rôles, les responsabilités et les procédures de sélection du Directeur général.

Le CA a examiné et approuvé le budget 2016. Le CA, considérant l’urgence d’obtenir un budget de fonctionnement équilibré pour 2017, et la nécessité de s’assurer que les dépenses d’équipement prioritaires soient faites à la station de M’Bé, a pris les résolutions suivantes :
  • que le Management fournisse une estimation révisée du budget de fonctionnement 2017 prenant en compte les projections financières et les dépenses requises pour obtenir un résultat du budget opérationnel équilibré ;
  • qu'en outre le Management fournisse des estimations des investissements requis pour la réhabilitation complète de la station de M’bé ; et
  • que le Management fournisse des mises au point régulières sur le développement des investissements à la Station de M’Bé.
Le 40e CA a rencontré tout le personnel du siège, réunion pendant laquelle le président du CA a informé les membres du personnel des principaux résultats de la 40e réunion du CA d’AfricaRice. Le président du CA, Professeur Tollens, a souligné que le Centre était confronté à certaines difficultés d’ordre financières qui ont donné lieu à la recommandation du CA selon laquelle les dépenses du Centre ne devraient se focaliser que sur les domaines essentiels et prioritaires. Il a exhorté à la prudence de tous les agents dans la gestion des ressources du Centre qui leur sont confiées.

Le président a félicité tout le personnel d’AfricaRice sur leur performance exceptionnelle continue dans le maintien du Centre en tant que Centre d’excellence malgré les difficultés financières du moment. Le président a exprimé la confiance du Centre aux diverses mesures prises par le Management et aussi à la supervision offerte par le CA. Il a assuré le personnel de l’optimisme du CA sur l’amélioration de la santé financière du Centre dans un avenir proche.

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