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:
- Jonne Rodenburg and Marc Schut presented the overall programme and the progress that has been made over the past two years. The project was entitled: “PARASITE – a research program to support the African rice sector in dealing with parasitic weeds”.
- Juma Kayeke presented work conducted under subproject 2 entitled: “Locally Adapted Parasitic Weed Management Strategies Based on Soil Fertility Amendments”.
- Marc Schut presented a poster conducted under subproject 4 entitled: “Parasitic weeds in smallholder rainfed rice production: Agricultural Innovation Systems analysis of extension and crop protection in Tanzania.”
- Simon N’cho presented a poster entitled: “Perception of climate change and methods of adaptation to it among rice farmers in Côte d’Ivoir”
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.