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Project launched to harness resilient traits from African rice

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) has launched a 5-year project to rapidly identify and harness high-value genes from Oryza glaberrima – known commonly as the African rice as it is a cultivated species that is found only in Africa – for developing new rice varieties that can cope with the increasing challenges of drought, flooding and soil-related constraints such … Continue reading

Lancement d’un projet visant à exploiter les caractères résilients du riz africain

Le Centre du riz pour l’Afrique (AfricaRice) a lancé un projet de 5 ans en vue de l’identification et de l’exploitation rapides des gènes de grande valeur issus de Oryza glaberrima – communément appelé le riz africain, car il s’agit d’une espèce qui ne se trouve qu’en Afrique – en vue de la mise au point de nouvelles variétés de riz qui … Continue reading

New Generation Rice Varieties Unveiled for Africa

A new generation of high-performing rice varieties has been launched by the Africa Rice Breeding Task Force under a new brand called “ARICA” – which stands for “Advanced Rice Varieties for Africa.” The Breeding Task Force comprises international and national rice breeders from 30 African countries and operates as part of the Japan-funded project “Developing … Continue reading

Lancement d’une nouvelle génération de variétés de riz pour l’Afrique

Une nouvelle génération très performante de variétés de riz a été lancée par le Groupe d’action Sélection et amélioration variétale du riz en Afrique sous la nouvelle marque « ARICA » – qui signifie « Variétés de riz avancées pour l’Afrique » en anglais. Le Groupe d’action sélection est composé des sélectionneurs-riz internationaux et nationaux de 30 pays africains, … Continue reading

Les travaux récents sur les maladies du riz en Afrique

L’augmentation spectaculaire récente des prix du riz a considérablement affecté les pays africains qui dépendent fortement des importations de riz. Subséquemment, plusieurs pays africains ne ménagent aucun effort en vue de développer leur potentiel rizicole largement inexploité en vue de relancer la production locale. Cependant, l’expansion (la mise en valeur de nouvelles superficies) et l’intensification … Continue reading

WARDA DG makes strong case for African agriculture at UN MDG meeting

02 October 08, Cotonou, Benin – Invited by the UN Secretary General as a lead discussant for the thematic roundtable on Poverty and Hunger at the recent UN high-level event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) Director General Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck affirmed that Africa could become one of the … Continue reading

At Time of Food Crisis, New Rice Varieties Boost Africa’s Rice Production

On Eve of TICAD, Experts Warn Current Dependence on Rice Imports Is ‘Recipe for Disaster’ for Africa; Production Still Lags Far Behind Consumption 23 May 2008, COTONOU, Benin — As African governments and tens of millions of poor African consumers faced a dangerous rice crisis in 2007, new rice varieties adapted to African conditions helped … Continue reading

Senegal seeks WARDA’s support to boost domestic rice production

13 February 2008, COTONOU, Benin — During the recent courtesy visit paid by the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) Director General Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, His Excellency Mr Hamath Sall, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of Senegal, emphasized the urgent need for strong technical support from WARDA to help boost domestic rice production. Senegal, like other … Continue reading

Feeding people, feeding minds – African Development Bank rice project sows success in West Africa

22 November 2007, COTONOU, Benin — West Africa is one of the poorest regions of the world. Yet, thanks to a groundbreaking project, rice farmers in this region are able to make enough profit from their farms to send their children to school and provide them with better health care. The project worth about USD 35 million … Continue reading

Historic change for rice research in Africa — Eastern and Central African countries join WARDA as members

03 October 2007, COTONOU, Benin — The just-concluded 26th session of the Council of Ministers of the Africa Rice Center (WARDA), held in Abuja under the chairmanship of Dr Abba Sayyadi Ruma, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria, signaled a historic change for rice research in sub-Saharan Africa. The Council formally approved the expansion … Continue reading