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Willingness of farmers to adopt rice intercrops in Uganda

Stella Kabiri has co-authored a publication that analyses the willingness of farmers to adopt rice intercrops in the Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological Zone of Uganda. Paper summary In Uganda we found that upland rice farmers spent more time cultivating rice, an income crop that is labour intensive, at the expense of other food security crops. The problem was that when rice failed

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Week of Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Between 27 and 31 May 2013, Marc Schut and Laurens Klerkx participated in various activities during the Week of Agricultural Innovation in Africa (WAIA). The various activities were held in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Innovation Platform Writeshop During the first part of the week, we participated in a writeshop (e.g. http://www.mamud.com/writeshop.htm) on Innovation Platforms organised by the International Livestock Research

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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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CCAFS Science Meeting

Between 17-20 March 2013, Jonne Rodenburg and Marc Schut participated in the Science Meeting of the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change in Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Jonne represented AfricaRice and Marc was invited to provide input on social learning, which was a key theme during the meeting. The science meeting started from the idea that social learning can

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Update postdoctoral research project

Marc Schut has been analysing data and writing on two articles. Paper 1: Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection The first article is a literature review of systems approaches to innovation in the crop protection literature. The literature review includes the analysis of over 100 research papers and reviews to explore (a) the importance of technology-oriented approaches versus systems-oriented

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Update PhD-project 1

Stella Kabiri has been working on two manuscripts. The first paper is titled, ‘Ecological differences between Rhamphicarpa fistulosa and Striga asiatica in parasitism of rain-fed rice in Sub-Saharan Africa’. This paper describes that both Rhamphicarpa, a facultative parasite and Striga spp., an obligate parasite, have their distribution in similar regions in the continent. Yet rice cultivation has been driven into the

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Parasite Programme Poster

We have developed a Parasite Programme poster that can be used for promoting our project during conferences, seminars and meetings. The poster includes a general description of the three PhD-projects and the postdoctoral project. Furthermore, the integrated framework and expected results are described. The poster is printed on A0 and A1 format. Please contact Marc Schut when you would like

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IDS Knowledge Exchange Event on learning for climate and development policy

Marc Schut participated in a Knowledge Exchange event that was held at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton on 5 and 6 March 2013. The knowledge exchange attracted a variety of participants, representing international development organisations, universities and CGIAR agricultural research institutes. The knowledge exchange was organised around the theme of “learning for climate and development policy”. Marc

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Jonne Rodenburg on “Uprooting underground killers”

Parasitic weeds of the genus Striga—also known as witchweeds—are a major threat to upland rice production in several parts of Africa. The roots of Striga seedlings penetrate the root cells of host plants, among them, rice, and leave them weak and unproductive. AfricaRice and its partners are making significant headway in the struggle to control Striga in rice fields across

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