Africa Rice Congress, 21-25 October 2013, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Between 21 and 25 October 2013, the 3rd Africa Rice Congress was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Parasite programme was well represented at the congress. During the first two days of the congress, several thematic sessions were organised. Different papers and posters were presented by members of the Parasite team:

At the conference exibition, AFROweeds' Weedsbook and the AfricaRice Weed Management DVDs were very popular.

On Wednesday, the Cameroon Day and a Gala Dinner were organised. The programme on Thursday included a keynote and discussion on rice value chain dynamics, a policy dialogue between the Ministers of Agriculture of – amongst others – Ivory Coast, Gambia, Chad, Mali and Senegal, and a World Café. On Friday a Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) meeting was organised.

We observed that there is increased attention for parasitic weeds in rice research. Besides the PARASITE programme representatives, several other researchers presented their ongoing research on Striga and Rhamphicarpa  in rain-fed rice production systems.

The final Declaration of the Congress can also be found on this website: click here to access it.