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December 20, 2019

Rice Development for Food and Income Security in Africa

The Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) Initiative is a consultative group of bilateral development agencies, regional and international organizations working in collaboration with rice producing countries in Sub-Sahara Africa to double rice production, initially from 14 million tons/year to 28 million tons/year by 2018.' Currently in the 2nd phase, the CARD Initiative seeks to double rice production to 58m MT by 2030.

With support from JICA, under the initiative of the CARD, the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) and Promotion of Rice Development (PRiDe) Project Phase II organized a regional training on ‘Rice Cultivation in Sub-Sahara Africa' from 9th - 13th December 2019.

The training attracted twenty four (24) participants, mainly composed of Extension Officers, drawn from eight (8) CARD member countries including; Angola, Ghana, kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

The participants were able to;

  1. understand and acquire basic knowledge and skills on rice cultivation,
  2. participate in practical sessions of rice cultivation and acquire field experience,
  3. Obtain necessary knowledge and skills for conducting Training of Farmers (ToF) and simple experimentations at demonstration sites.

The training was in line with the RICE (Resilience, Industrialization, Competitiveness, and Empowerment) Approach of CARD II.






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