Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Investing in rice research and innovation for Africa

Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) – Annual Report 2015.

AfricaRice remains committed to grow as a pan-African center of excellence for rice research, development and capacity-strengthening. 

The 2015 report features key achievements, especially in the areas of product development and delivery, and presents important emerging issues related to the rice sector, including climate change resilience, enhancing rice genetic resources and varietal development, delivery of value-for-money rice innovations, disaster response and rice self-sufficiency. These achievements clearly demonstrate to AfricaRice clients the importance of investing in rice research and innovation for Africa — the theme of this annual report

The report includes the following research and innovation highlights
  • Rice production becoming more resilient to climate change
  • A crop model to optimize resource use and farm income
  • Securing the future through genetic resources
  • Managing stresses on rice for the benefit of African farmers
  • Combating African rice diseases
  • Giving farmers the chance to win the fight against witchweed
  • Strengthening seed systems to contribute to boosting domestic rice production
  • GEM parboiling demonstrated as a cauldron for quality rice and revenue generation
  • Tackling postharvest losses on a wide scale
  • Kick-starting mechanization communities of practice
  • Strengthening the rice value chain through the Africa-wide rice task forces
  • Supporting Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda
  • A novel business model to engage youth to scale up technology adoption
  • Rehabilitating the rice sector in post-conflict countries
  • Improving rice production information in Africa

Going forward, the Center will continue to draw on worldwide expertise and knowledge to develop solutions to challenges across Africa. AfricaRice strategic priorities for effective research delivery will include the following: (i) strengthening partnerships; (ii) developing the capacity of rice value-chain actors including youth and women; (iii) improving access to markets for rice producers; (iv) raising the profile of rice science in national policy agendas; and (v) increasing investments in research for development for the rice sector in Africa.

We wish to thank our financial, scientific and development partners, both within and outside of Africa, for their untiring efforts in 2015. Working with us, they demonstrate the value of investing in rice research and innovation for Africa, and the value of our work to our clients, especially the poor rice farmers and consumers across Africa.

We hope you enjoy reading about our work as much as we enjoy doing it.

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