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NEW PUBLICATION: Timing as parasitic weed control strategy in rice

PARASITE is happy to announce a new publication by our PhD researched Dennis Tippe and colleagues entitled: “Delayed or early sowing: Timing as parasitic weed control strategy in rice is species and ecosystem dependent”. Parasitic weeds are a severe problem in rain-fed rice production ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa. In a recent paper, published in Field Crops Research (Volume 214, pages 14-24),

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NEW PUBLICATION: Farmers’ knowledge, use and preferences of parasitic weed management strategies in rain-fed rice production systems

The parasite project has yielded another publication, analysing farmers' knowledge, use and preferences of parasitic weed management strategies in rain-fed rice production systems in Tanzania. This study assessed farmers' awareness, use, preference and adoption criteria of parasitic weed management practices in rain-fed rice production environments in Tanzania. Surveys and workshops were organized in three affected rice growing areas in Morogoro-rural, Songea

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NEW PUBLICATION on the impact of parasitic weeds on rice farmers

Another PARASITE science paper has been published by Dr Simon N'cho and team. The paper shows how productivity and technical efficiency levels in rice production systems are severely constrained by biotic constraints such as parasitic weeds. This paper assesses the impact of infestation by parasitic weeds on rice farmers’ technical efficiency and examines the potential role of managerial factors in improving

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Seminar on the PARASITE Project at FAO

On Monday 10th August 2015, Josey Kamanda gave a talk entitled "Preparing African Rice Farmers Against Parasitic Weeds in a Changing Environment (PARASITE): A Transdisciplinary Approach" at the FAO headquarters in Rome. The talk was part of a seminar series for FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP). Dr Gualbert Gbèhounou – a member of the PARASITE project, also attended the

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PhD defence Simon N’cho

On Monday 1 December 2014 Simon N'cho defends his PhD-thesis entitled: "Socio-economic impacts and determinants of parasitic weed infestation in rainfed rice systems of sub-Saharan Africa". The defence starts at 16hr and will be held at the Auditorium, building number 362 at the Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG in Wageningen. Summary Rice is the world’s most important food crop in terms of the area harvested

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Blog on Parasitic Weeds: “Unknown rice parasite threatens harvests in Africa”

Few agronomists are familiar with Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, a fragile weed with white flowers, from the broomrape family. Yet this root parasite is increasingly affecting rice cultivation in Africa. This has become clear from the initial results of the research programme PARASITE on parasitic weeds in rice in sub-Saharan Africa. The rice pest was described by the Beninese agronomist Gualbert Gbèhounou

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New publication: Determinants of parasitic weed infestation in rainfed lowland rice in Benin

Simon N'cho and his team have published a research article entitled: "Determinants of parasitic weed infestation in rainfed lowland rice in Benin" in Agricultural systems. This paper explores factors that affect the infestation of rainfed lowland rice fields by the parasitic weed Rhamphicarpa fistulosa and farmers’ ability to cope with the problem. A double hurdle model is used, which analyses

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Parasite progress workshop 17 June 2014

On Tuesday 17 June 2014, the Parasite team met for a workshop in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The key objective of the workshop was to discuss (1) overall progress of the different subprojects (including completed activities and outputs), (2) present work in progress (ongoing activities/ paper(s) in preparation), and (3) the way forward (planning and to be developed outputs). The presentations

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Internship report Elifadhili Daniel: Assessment of agricultural extension services in Tanzania

The report of Elifadhili Daniel's internship entitled "Assessment of agricultural extension services in Tanzania. A case study of Kyela, Songea Rural, and Morogoro Rural Districts" is now published on the website. Please refer to the report as: Daniel, E., 2013. Assessment of agricultural extension services in Tanzania. A case study of Kyela, Songea Rural, and Morogoro Rural Districts. Wageningen University, the

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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: Jonne Rodenburg and Marc Schut presented the overall programme and

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Parasite Programme presentations during the World Congress on Parasitic Plants, Sheffield, UK

Between 16 and 19 July 2013, the 12th World Congress on Parasitic Plants was held in Sheffield, UK. The congress brought together scientists representing a wide spectrum of disciplines, research approaches, and geographical representation of parasitic plant research. Our Parasite Programme was well represented during the congress. Jonne Rodenburg gave 5 minute plenary oral presentation on a poster of PhD-project 1 entitled: “Ecological niche differences

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European Weed Research Society Symposium, Turkey

Lammert Bastiaans will represent the Parasite programme during the 16th symposium of the European Weed Research Society. The Symposium will be held between 24 and 27 June 2013 in Samsun, Turkey. An abstract has been accepted for poster presentation. Both have been uploaded on the Parasite website. For more information, please visit: www.ewrs2013.org.

Rhamphicarpa in Uganda

Together with Prof. Julie Scholes, of the University of Sheffield, Jonne Rodenburg and Mamadou Cissoko visited Uganda to select a field site for the DFID, BBSRC and Bill & Melinda Gates funded STRIGA project and to discuss with farmers and partners from Makerere University and Africa2000. On our field trip we observed Striga infested rice in the uplands and, unexpectedly

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Parasite Programme mid-term workshop, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Between 22 and 26 April 2013 the Parasite Programme mid-term workshop was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop was attended by 19 participants from the Netherlands, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Among the participants were the programme leaders, PhD-candidates, postdoctoral researchers, supervisors, advisors and the FAO Weed Officer who was one of the original co-applicants of the Parasite programme. The main objective of

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Update PhD-project 3

Between October 2012 and February 2013, a second period of field work in Benin and in Cote d’Ivoire was carried out. The core activities during that period include the implementation of the baseline survey in Cote d’Ivoire, a participatory community base survey in Benin, and data analysis and writing of my first paper. The community base survey in Benin includes

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Summary mid-term review Parasite Programme

On 11 December 2012 Ms. Marije Severs and Ms. Han van Dijk of NWO/WOTRO visited Wageningen for the mid-term review of the Parasite programme. In preparation of the meeting, the Parasite programme team prepared a self-evaluation in line with the WOTRO progress report. The meeting started with a presentation by Lammert Bastiaans and Marc Schut, who reflected on the objectives

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Minutes of seminar Simon N’cho

On Monday 24 September 2012, Simon N’cho gave a lunch seminar at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The seminar was entitled: “Assessing agronomic and socioeconomic factors affecting Rhamphicarpa fistulosa infestation and severity in lowland rain-fed rice farms in Benin”. About 30 researchers and PhD students from Centre for Crop Systems Analysis and Business Economic group of Wageningen University attended the seminar.

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Update PhD research Simon N’cho

This updates includes a short overview of the first part of my PhD field research in Benin and my second period (June-September 2012) at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. During those two periods, the main activities I have conducted include field and farmer survey, data management, preparation of the complementary data collection in Benin and baseline data in Cote d’Ivoire, the descriptive

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Rice parboiling paper co-authored by Simon N’cho

Summary – The widespread use of traditional rice-parboiling methods in Benin leads to poor quality of final rice. To address this problem, the national agricultural research institute of Benin and Africa Rice Center have developed improved rice parboiling technology. An educational video developed by AfricaRice was used for it diffusion. Women have expressed high interest in the use of the

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Interesting websites for agricultural research in Tanzania, Benin and Cote d’Ivoir

In this post you find some very interesting websites that can support our research in Tanzania, Benin and Cote d'Ivoir. Tanzania This website provides an overview of Agricultural Legislations and Regulations in Tanzania – http://www.kilimo.go.tz/legislation%20and%20regulations/legislations/legislations.htm. There is even a document that contains the Rules of the Plant Protection Act (2010) specifically on Striga. Another interesting website provides an overview of the Agricultural

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Summary seminar Simon N’cho 18 May 2012

On Friday 18th of May 2012, Simon N’cho presented the progress of his PhD research during the AfricaRice PhD student seminar, organised at AfricaRice in Cotonou, Benin. The seminar started at 10:35 and ended at 12:05. The seminar was attended by AfricaRice Program 3 scientists in addition to some agronomists and pathologists from other programs and chaired by Dr Diagne,

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