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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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Lunch seminar CSA Marc Schut

Postdoc Marc Schut gave a CSA lunch seminar entitled: "Analysis of agricultural innovation in crop protection and extension systems in Tanzania: The case of parasitic weeds in rainfed rice production systems." In the seminar he discussed how he operationalised the Agricultural Innovation Systems approach to study the institutional and political dynamics of parasitic weeds in rainfed, smallholder rice production systems

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Update PhD-project 3

Between October 2012 and February 2013, a second period of field work in Benin and in Cote d’Ivoire was carried out. The core activities during that period include the implementation of the baseline survey in Cote d’Ivoire, a participatory community base survey in Benin, and data analysis and writing of my first paper. The community base survey in Benin includes

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Lunch seminar KTI Marc Schut

Postdoc Marc Schut gave a KTI lunch seminar entitled: "Analysis of agricultural innovation in crop protection and extension systems in Tanzania: Concepts, methods and preliminary results." In the seminar he discussed how he operationalised the Agricultural Innovation Systems approach to study the institutional and political dynamics of parasitic weeds in rainfed, smallholder rice production systems in Tanzania. The slides can

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