June 23, 2016
JICA Egypt Office is honored to receive Mr. Tatsushi Tsuboi, JICA senior rice technical advisor and world renowned expert in Egypt, where he delivers a series of lectures on "Upland Rice Cultivation in Africa" within the Third Country Training Program (TCTP) on "Rice Cultivation Techniques for Africa" organized by Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA) from 14 Jun to 23 June, 2016.
This training course aims to provide the participants with knowledge and techniques necessary for increasing yield of irrigated rice fields in their own nations. 20 participants from 10 countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan and Sudan attend the training course from 25 April to 24 September.
Mr. Tsuboi has been working on Rice Cultivation in Asian and African countries for more than 30 years. In 2009 he was selected one of 100 people respected by world on News Week Japan. He is widely known as Mr. NERICA (New Rice for Africa), which is a new variety of upland rice created by crossing African Asian rice Verities to get the advantages from both varieties such as high-yield and resistant to draught and diseases. This achievement is recognized as one of the key initiatives to increase food for African people. JICA has promoted the expansion of New Rice for Africa (NERICA) since 2000's and from 2008 JICA has supported Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) whose purpose is to make double rice production in Africa within 10 years.
In Egypt irrigated rice is widely cultivated but upland rice is few. Mr. Tsuboi's lectures complement some of his abundant experience, knowledge and skills of upland rice in this training course. The participants admire him especially for his simple and easily applicable skills in the field.
After the participants go back to their countries, JICA hope they contribute to increase rice production in their countries and provide enough food for poor people in Africa.