Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Launch of CIPRiSSA-Gambia report

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has mandated AfricaRice to lead the development of ‘Continental Investment Plan for accelerating Rice Self-Sufficiency in Africa’ (CIPRiSSA) to provide support to African countries as they strive to attain rice self-sufficiency.

CIPRiSSA provides a roadmap for accelerated action to reach self-sufficiency in rice by 2025. It provides background information on the rice value chain for each participating country, the investments required in priority areas to achieve certain levels of self-sufficiency in rice, as well as the benefits and profitability of the proposed investments.

The report of the CIPRiSSA study carried out in 10 countries (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda) was released in December 2018 and widely distributed.

The AfricaRice Council of Ministers session has tasked the Center to extend the CIPRiSSA study to other member countries, so that they can also benefit from evidence-based information on the rice value chain and the investment options required to achieve rice self-sufficiency.

The CIPRiSSA report for The Gambia has just been completed and was released by the Honorable Minister of Agriculture of The Gambia Mrs Amie Faburay, on 23 April 2019, Banjul.

AfricaRice representatives, who participated in the launch ceremony, include Dr Samuel Bruce-Oliver, Director of Strategic Partnerships; Dr Marcel Nwalozie, Coordinator of the Support System for Accelerating Rice Self-Sufficiency in Africa (SSARSSA) initiative at AfricaRice, who spearheaded the CIPRiSSA study; Dr Aminou Arouna, Impact Assessment Economist, and Dr Mandiaye Diagne, Agricultural Economist (Value Chain Specialist), who were closely involved in the CIPRiSSA study.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ambassador of Venezuela in Benin, accompanied by FAO and ADERIZ representatives, visit AfricaRice

A delegation led by the Ambassador of Venezuela in Benin, Her Excellency Mme Belen Teresa ORSINI PIC (with jurisdiction over Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Niger), visited AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan on 15 April 2019. The Ambassador was accompanied by representatives from FAO (Peter Anaadumba, Augusta Davis and Edgar Akanvou) and ADERIZ (Amy Barou-Seya and Emmanuel Coulibaly). 

The visit was made in connection with the South-South cooperation between FAO and Venezuela entitled ‘Partnership for Sustainable Rice Systems Development in Africa’, to support efforts to improve domestic rice supply and strengthen the rice market in 10 African countries. The project aims to increase sustainable production and productivity of rice by promoting the adoption of best practices and developing agro-business models along the rice value chain.

After a warm welcome by AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and staff, the meeting focused on capacity development of Ivorian rice seed producers by AfricaRice as part of the joint project.

Gabon delegation visits AfricaRice to strengthen collaboration

Dr Marie Joselle Pélagie Istana, Technical Advisor, Head of Scientific Research, Gabon Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, accompanied by Dr Yonnelle Dea Moukoumbi, Head of CAMES Research and Focal point for KAFACI project in Gabon, visited AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 15 April 2019. 

The meeting at AfricaRice is part of a series of visits in West Africa by the delegation in connection with the proposed creation of the "National Program for Rice Varietal Improvement and Seed Production" in Gabon. The purpose of these visits is to initiate discussions with various institutions involved in rice research with a view to sharing experience and to enable Gabon to benefit from the lessons learned by these countries in the development of their rice sector.

During their visit to Côte d'Ivoire from 15 to 18 April 2019, the Gabonese delegation was received by AfricaRice, CNRA and ADERIZ and made a field visit to the AfricaRice research station in M’bé, near Bouaké.

CARD Coordinator and JICA representative in Cote d'Ivoire visit AfricaRice

Dr Yusuke Haneishi, General Coordinator of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) Secretariat, accompanied by Mr Takuro Harada, Head of Economic Growth Program, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Office in Côte d’Ivoire, visited AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, on 15 April 2019. 

After a warm welcome by AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and staff, a range of issues relating to the second phase of CARD was discussed. AfricaRice is a Steering Committee member of CARD.

Monday, April 15, 2019

AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for 2019

This is an annual award, which was instituted by AfricaRice in honor of the late Dr Robert Carsky who served as agronomist at AfricaRice. The Carsky Award is conferred on staff, who have demonstrated high standards of excellence and made exceptional contributions to rice research, training and research support. Two awards are given every year, one to an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) and the other to a General Support Staff (GSS).

Dr Gaudiose Mujawamariya,  Rice Value Chain Expert and Gender Focal Point, who also serves as AfricaRice Representative in Madagascar received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for IRS on 11 April at the 45th Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, M’bé, Côte d’Ivoire. She received this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to rice research in Africa, especially relating to rice value chain in Eastern Africa and her ongoing work on integrating gender in AfricaRice research. She has also contributed significantly to building strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts. 

Mr Sanogo Fassouma, Senior Translator at AfricaRice, received the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award for GSS for his outstanding support to AfricaRice translation service, strong commitment, trustworthiness, sense of responsibility and hard work.

Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky handed over the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award to the winners in the presence of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees and staff members.

Audio podcasts:

  1. Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky delivering her goodwill message at the 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award ceremony
  2. 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award : Dr Etienne Duveiller reading out the citation for the winner in the IRS category
  3. 2019 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award : Savitri Mohapatra reading out the citation for the winner in the GSS category
Photos : 
  1. AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Awardees
  2. Scenes from the 45th Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, M’bé Research Station, Côte d’Ivoire

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Report of the High-Level Ministerial Conference on rice: Delivering on Commitments to Transform Africa’s Rice Industry

This document presents the report of the High-Level African Ministerial Conference on Rice held in Diamniadio, Senegal, on 25 September 2018, with the objective of generating a more collective policy direction and support for enhancing the implementation of investment programs geared towards the attainment of rice self-sufficiency in African countries and the creation of gainful employment for the youth and women along the entire rice value chain.

The Conference offered an excellent opportunity to the participants to highlight the needed technical expertise, technologies, investment prospects including private sector investments and the role of different actors required to reach the goal of rice self-sufficiency in Africa and significantly reduce the risk of food crises.

The Conference focused on the priority areas resulting from modelling of investment requirements of the Continental Investment Plan for Accelerating Rice Self-Sufficiency in Africa (CIPRiSSA), completed for 10 countries. The areas needing increased investments were i) rice seed systems and associated farm inputs, ii) out-scaling of rice technologies and innovations and iii) small-scale mechanization.

The report contains Conference recommendations, list of participants (Annex A), and the Conference agenda (Annex B).

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Rapport de la Conférence ministérielle de haut niveau sur le riz : Tenir les engagements pris pour transformer l’industrie du riz en Afrique

Ce document présente le rapport de la Conférence ministérielle africaine de haut niveau sur le riz tenue à Diamniadio, Sénégal, le 25 septembre 2018, dans le but de générer une orientation politique plus collective et un appui pour améliorer la mise en œuvre des programmes d'investissement visant à atteindre l'autosuffisance en riz dans les pays africains et à créer de l'emploi lucratif pour les femmes et les jeunes tout au long de la chaîne de valeur du riz.

La Conférence a permis aux participants de mettre en évidence l'expertise technique, les technologies, les opportunités d'investissement, y compris les investissements du secteur privé, et le rôle des différents acteurs nécessaires pour atteindre l'objectif de l'autosuffisance en riz en Afrique et réduire considérablement le risque de crises alimentaires.

La conférence s'est concentrée sur les domaines prioritaires résultant de la modélisation des besoins d'investissement du Plan continental d'investissement pour accélérer l'autosuffisance en riz en Afrique (CIPRiSSA), achevé pour 10 pays. Les domaines nécessitant des investissements accrus étaient i) les systèmes de semences de riz et les intrants agricoles associés, ii) la diffusion à grande échelle des technologies et innovations rizicoles et iii) la mécanisation à petite échelle.

Le rapport contient les recommandations de la Conférence, la liste des participants (annexe A) et l'ordre du jour de la Conférence (annexe B).

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