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The Parasite team wishes everybody a happy and healthy 2014

The Parasite team wishes all colleagues, partners and friends a fruitful and healthy 2014! In 2014 we will continue our research and development activities on parasitic weeds in rain-fed rice production systems in Tanzania, Benin and Cote d'Ivoir.

Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review

As part of the sociology subproject 4 we have published a review entitled: "Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review" in Crop Protection. The paper explores the extent to which systems approaches to innovation are reflected in the crop protection literature and how such approaches are used. A systematic literature review was conducted to study the relation between crop protection and

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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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Publication: Sustainable rice production in African inland valleys: Seizing regional potentials through local approaches

Jonne Rodenburg and collagues have published a review paper entitled: "Sustainable rice production in African inland valleys: Seizing regional potentials through local approaches" in Agricultural Systems. The paper's highlights are: Inland valleys are common landscapes in Africa with an estimated area of 190 M ha. Inland valleys can significantly contribute to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. 9.1% Of the total

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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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Weed management DVD AfricaRice

AfricaRice has produced a Weed Management DVD entitled ‘Weed Management – Farmer-to-Farmer Instruction Videos on Effective and Labor-Saving Weed Management in Lowland Rice’. The two-disk DVD contains 4 multi-language videos of which two can be accessed online: Effective Weed Management Rice Transplanting Safe and Correct Use of Herbicides Using the Rotary Weeder in Lowland Rice Weeds are important constraints for rice

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Seminar postdoc research, AfricaRice Cotonou, 30 August 2013

On Friday 30 August 2013, Marc Schut gave a presentation on his postdoc fieldwork conducted in Benin. During his fieldwork in Benin, Marc conducted 65 in-depth interviews and organised 3 multi-stakeholder workshops at the three study sites; Dassa-Zoumé, Kandi and Tanguiéta that were attended by 66 participants. In his presentation, Marc elaborated on the overall objectives of the Parasite programme,

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Multi-stakeholder workshops in Dassa-Zoumé, Kandi and Tanguiéta, August 2013

Between 19 and 26 August 2013, three multi-stakeholder workshops were organized in Dassa-Zoumé, Kandi and Tanguiéta, Benin. In these three study sites, parasitic weeds in rainfed rice production are eminent. In total, the three workshops were attended by 66 participants. For each workshop, farmers and representatives of government (department and commune level), civil society organisations, private sector, and research and

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Publication: Towards dynamic research configurations

Marc Schut, Annemarie van Paassen, Cees Leeuwis and Laurens Klerkx have published a paper entitled "Towards dynamic research configurations: A framework for reflection on the contribution of research to policy and innovation processes." The conceptual paper builds on Marc's PhD research and postdoc research in the Parasite Programme and analyses the complex role of research and researchers when supporting mulit-actor

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First round of fieldwork postdoc project Benin

Between 17 and 31 July 2013, Léonard Cossi Hinnou (INRAB) and Marc Schut (WUR) conducted fieldwork in Benin. Based on the earlier work of our PhD-candidate Simon N’cho, three field sites were selected: Dassa-Zoumé Commune (Collines Department), Kandi Commune (Alibori Department) and Tanguiéta Commune (Atakora Department). In these three field sites, parasitic weeds in rainfed rice production are problematic. Key

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