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New LI6400XT leaf photosynthesis meter AfricaRice

The LI6400XT of LI-COR is an advanced leaf photosynthesis meter. AfricaRice has purchased this equipment for use in the Parasite project. It will enable us to get a better understanding of host‐parasite interactions (of parasitic weeds in rain-fed rice) as affected by present and future environmental conditions. Parasitic weeds extract nutrients, water and plant metabolites from their host and they

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Innovation Systems paper Klerkx and Schut published in IDS-bulletin

A paper authored by Parasite project members Laurens Klerkx and Marc Schut has been published in IDS bulletin. Abstract The process of knowledge brokering in the agricultural sector, where it is generally called agricultural extension, has been studied since the 1950s. While agricultural extension initially employed research push models, it gradually moved towards research pull and collaborative research models. The

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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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Update postdoc research Marc Schut

The fieldwork in Tanzania for the postdoc research in the Parasite project is halfway. It has been a very interesting research project so far. Main activities have been conducting fieldwork and developing an analytical framework to study and analyse the innovation capacity of the agricultural system in Tanzania. These activities have been carried out in a parallel fashion. Below I

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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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Fieldwork Morogoro (part 2) and rotary weeder workshop

9-12 July 2012 Jonne Rodenburg Juma Kayeke Marc Schut Rotary weeder workshop This week, AfricaRice organised a workshop for blacksmiths from different parts of Tanzania on how to make rotary weeders to mechanically weed lowland rice fields. The workshop started with a general introduction on weed and weed management in rice. Subsequently different types of rotary weeders were presented. After

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MSc-research Damien Lenglet

Damien Lenglet is an Erasmus student in Wageningen since February 2012. He started his internship at the Crop and Weed Ecology Group in May and will finish on August 31. Damien pursues an MSc in Crop Science in Anger (France) at the Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture (ESA). During his internship he is supervised by Aad van Ast and Lammert Bastiaans. Rhamphicarpa

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Fieldwork postdoc research

Dr. Juma M. Kayeke (principle officer Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute –MARI) Dr. Marc Schut (postdoc researcher AfricaRice and Wageningen University) What did we do? During the 10-day fieldwork trip (24 June – 3 July 2012) we worked in Uyole, Mbeya, Kyela, Ugurusi (Mbeya region, southern highland zone) Morogoro and Dakawa (Morogoro region, eastern zone). In total 25 people representing 19 different

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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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