Sustainable Agricultural Innovation Systems (SAIS)

The Sustainable Agricultural Innovation Systems (SAIS) for Food Security and Environmental Protection. This essay by Diana Alarcón and Christina Bodouroglou is part of a series of think pieces reflecting on the importance of bringing the social dimension back into discussions about green economy and sustainable development. The Agricultural Innovation Systems approach provides a theoretical framework in the Parasite postdoc project. The full essay

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Tanzanian Government invests in boosting food production

The government has allocated 16.7bn/- in the 2012/13 fiscal year for implementation of the Tanzania Agricultural Food Security Investment Plan (TAFSIP) in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). Minister for Agriculture, Food security and Cooperatives Christopher Chiza said the government also introduced the National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS) in 2009 which aims at improving cultivation of the crop,

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Interesting newsitems on rice in Tanzania, science and sustainable development and CGIAR-reforms

A number of interesting webpublications on rice in Tanzania, the role of science towards sustainable development and an update on CGIAR reforms.

Summary postdoc seminar Marc Schut, AfricaRice, Tanzania

On 15 June 2012, Marc Schut presented his postdoc research (proposal) to  AfricaRice and IRRI colleagues in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Marc has started his work in Tanzania this week. His postdoc research is part of the Parasite project and will focus on analysing the Crop Protection System in Tanzania using the Agricultural Innovation Systems perspective. The presentation included a personal introduction, an

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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 – 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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Photo Parasite dinner, Dar-es-Salaam

On Monday evening 11 June 2012, the Parasite team of Tanzania (and our visitor from Madagascar) had a nice dinner to celebrate the succesful first growing season of the project and to say goodbye to Djoeke Langeloo (MSc-student) and Stella who is going to Wageningen next month. The food was very good and conversations were nice; a really good and informal way

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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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Summary postdoc seminar 25 May 2012

On Friday 25 May 2012 Marc Schut organised a seminar about the postdoc research in the postdoc research. The seminar started at 13:00 hr and after the introduction, guest speaker Stephen Sherwood talked about different paradigms in crop protection in his presentation entitled: “Working with conflicting paradigms in IPM; experiences from the Andes”. After a short debate, Lammert Bastiaans continued

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Rhamphicarpa, a growing problem

Please check out this article in Plant Life, news letter on plant sciences of Wageningen UR in which Lammert Bastiaans sheds his light on the growing problems of Rhamphicarpa in different parts of Africa. A major parasitic plant that is thriving in relatively humid low-lying countries in Africa is Rhamphicarpa fistulosa. Rhamphicarpa fistulosa is at home in boggy fields where it finds

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Special issue on parasitic weeds in Weed Science

Weed Science has recently published a special issue on parasitic weeds. The papers are: Aly, R., 2012. Advanced Technologies for Parasitic Weed Control. Weed Sci. 60, 290-294. Eizenberg, H., Aly, R., Cohen, Y., 2012. Technologies for Smart Chemical Control of Broomrape (Orobanche spp. and Phelipanche spp.). Weed Sci. 60, 316-323. Mallory-Smith, C., Colquhoun, J., 2012. Small Broomrape (Orobanche minor) in Oregon

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