On Monday 10th August 2015, Josey Kamanda gave a talk entitled "Preparing African Rice Farmers Against Parasitic Weeds in a Changing Environment (PARASITE): A Transdisciplinary Approach" at the FAO headquarters in Rome. The talk was part of a seminar series for FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP). Dr Gualbert Gbèhounou – a member of the PARASITE project, also attended the presentation.
Josey spoke about the threats that parasitic weeds pose to agriculture in Africa, with specific emphasis to rice production. He summarized the objectives of the PARASITE project and findings from the four sub-projects that aim to provide better information on the biology and ecology, management and socio-economic impact of parasitic weeds, as well as institutional innovations for better prepared crop protection services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the discussions, the audience lauded the integrated approach and called for more attention to community-based approaches to manage parasitic weeds. This was seen as important in monitoring and reporting, since actions of each farmer have implications on the risk posed by others. The need for government support for community-based mechanisms was also highlighted especially in ensuring that clean seeds are available at the community level. Gualbert proposed the development of regional frameworks and commitment across countries for the control of invasive species such as parasitic weeds.
The presentation can be found here.