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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Interesting newsitems on rice in Tanzania, science and sustainable development and CGIAR-reforms

A number of interesting webpublications on rice in Tanzania, the role of science towards sustainable development and an update on CGIAR reforms.

Summary postdoc seminar Marc Schut, AfricaRice, Tanzania

On 15 June 2012, Marc Schut presented his postdoc research (proposal) to  AfricaRice and IRRI colleagues in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Marc has started his work in Tanzania this week. His postdoc research is part of the Parasite project and will focus on analysing the Crop Protection System in Tanzania using the Agricultural Innovation Systems perspective. The presentation included a personal introduction, an

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Interesting websites for agricultural research in Tanzania, Benin and Cote d’Ivoir

In this post you find some very interesting websites that can support our research in Tanzania, Benin and Cote d'Ivoir. Tanzania This website provides an overview of Agricultural Legislations and Regulations in Tanzania – There is even a document that contains the Rules of the Plant Protection Act (2010) specifically on Striga. Another interesting website provides an overview of the Agricultural

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Photo Parasite dinner, Dar-es-Salaam

On Monday evening 11 June 2012, the Parasite team of Tanzania (and our visitor from Madagascar) had a nice dinner to celebrate the succesful first growing season of the project and to say goodbye to Djoeke Langeloo (MSc-student) and Stella who is going to Wageningen next month. The food was very good and conversations were nice; a really good and informal way

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Summary seminar Simon N’cho 18 May 2012

On Friday 18th of May 2012, Simon N’cho presented the progress of his PhD research during the AfricaRice PhD student seminar, organised at AfricaRice in Cotonou, Benin. The seminar started at 10:35 and ended at 12:05. The seminar was attended by AfricaRice Program 3 scientists in addition to some agronomists and pathologists from other programs and chaired by Dr Diagne,

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