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3rd Africa Rice Congress, 21-25 October 2013, Yaoundé, Cameroon

The Third Africa Rice Congress – to be held from 21-24 October 2013, in Yaoundé, Cameroun – will have as its main theme: ‘Rice Science for Food Security and Agri-business Development in Africa’. The Congress will bring together representatives from the public and private sector, civil society organizations, farmer associations and research and extension communities engaged in the development of

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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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Creating awareness on labor-saving technologies for weed control in rice production

Interesting update and summary of weed control related activities by AfricaRice and partners under the project: "Building local capacities in weed management for rice-based systems". The project conducted a one-day training at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania, for 22 R&D professionals and 15 weed science students on weed control and management practices and on the use

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Goodbye coffee Marc Schut AfricaRice Tanzania

On Friday morning (2 November 2012) Marc Schut said goodbye to his AfricaRice colleagues in Tanzania. After short speeches by Jonne Rodenburg and Paul Kiepe, Marc thanked everybody for the interesting time he had at AfricaRice in Tanzania. He received a gift on behalf of all AfricaRice staff. Marc will return to Wageningen next week to work on two publications; a literature review, and

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Matty Demont wins International Scientific Prize

The 2012 Louis Malassis Young Promising Scientist Prize was presented to Parasite Project Member Dr Matty Demont, agricultural economist at the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) on 29 October for his ground-breaking research in the field of rice value chain development in Africa.  Matty Demont’s research has shown that to become competitive, Africa’s rice sector needs to place much more emphasis on

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Summary multi-stakeholder workshops in Songea, Kyela and Morogoro

Between 10 and 22 October 2012, 3 multi-stakeholder workshops have been conducted as part of the postdoctoral research in the Parasite project. The workshops took place in Songea (Ruvuma Region), Kyela (Mbeya Region) and in Morogoro (Morogoro Region). These locations have been strategically selected as also socio-economic surveys and interviews with key-stakeholders have been conducted in these areas. All three

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MSc research Stefanie Pflug

I am a student of Utrecht University and started the research for my MSc thesis at Wageningen University in March 2012. I plan to finish my thesis in January 2013. The focus of my research is the mutual interaction between the parasitic weed Rhamphicarpa fistulosa and its host, rice (Oryza sativa). During my thesis research I conduct two pot experiments,

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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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3 Multi-stakeholder workshops Parasite project Tanzania

For the postdoc project, Marc Schut is going on a 2,5 week fieldwork trip in Tanzania. Together with Juma Kayeke (MARI-Tanzania) and Enos Onyuka (AfricaRice) he is organising 3 multi-stakeholder workshops in three different regions in Tanzania (Songea, Kyela and Morogoro). In each of the workshops farmers, civil society representatives, private sector, government representatives and research and training institutes will participate. The objective

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Update PhD-research Stella Kabiri

This is an update on the first part of my experimental season in Wageningen university, The Netherlands (June-November 2011) and (December-July 2012) at Africa Rice Center in collaboration with Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute in Tanzania. In these two periods I have conducted greenhouse experiments and a field survey in Kyela, a rice growing district in Tanzania. The experiments investigated  the

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