High-Level Ministerial (HLM) Conference on Rice Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Senegal Rice Day Exhibition, 25 September 2018, Dakar, Senegal -- ‘The High-Level Ministerial (HLM) Conference on Rice: Delivering on Commitments to Transform Africa's Rice Industry Conference’ was held on 25 September within the context of the Senegal Rice Day. The HLM Conference consisted of panel discussions on issues related to the improvement of the rice value chain to accelerate rice self-sufficiency in Africa. The HLM Conference was co-organized by the Government of Senegal, African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Regional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA), and AfricaRice.
AfricaRice launches $2-million inland valley project in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana -- Key stakeholders gathered together at the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 19 June 2018, to formally launch a landmark project aimed at boosting food, nutrition and income security of rural communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana through productive and sustainable use of inland valleys for rice-based systems, while conserving land and water resources.
• EU/IFAD Investments in agricultural research to enhance development outcomes and impact About 40 participants attended a workshop organized by IFAD on ‘EU/IFAD Investments in Agricultural Research. Towards sustainable agriculture, climate-smart rural transformation and social development’, 24-25 May 2018, at AfricaRice Headquarters, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The goal of the workshop was to provide a platform for grant recipients, mainly CGIAR researchers and partners, to demonstrate how the projects supported by EU/IFAD in West and Central Africa contribute to the development of farming systems based on technologies and innovations in the context of food and nutrition security and climate change. The participants discussed ways to generate and strengthen synergies and complementarities in order to respond to issues facing smallholder farming communities. Importance was given to share experiences and identify actions on how research can contribute to development outcomes and impacts.
• JICA delegation led by Director General of Rural Development Department visits AfricaRice to strengthen partnership A delegation led by Mr Kenichi Shishido, Director General, Rural Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo, Japan, visited AfricaRice, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 2 May 2018. The objective of the visit was to further strengthen the partnership between JICA and AfricaRice and explore possible new areas of collaboration in order to boost the rice sector in Africa in general, and in Côte d’Ivoire in particular, as well as other strategic issues. Mr Shishido was accompanied by Ms Asuka Shibuya, Assistant Director, Team 5, Rural Development Department and two members of the JICA Office in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Yukichi Usui, Deputy Resident Representative and Ms Adeline Balo, Consultant, Agriculture, Rural Development and Industry. AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and members of his team warmly received the JICA delegation and briefed them on the range of AfricaRice research-for-development activities carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, including capacity development programs. The discussions touched upon the JICA-AGRA initiative ‘Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD)’ as well as new initiatives by AfricaRice, such as the ‘Continental Investment Plan for accelerating Rice Self-Sufficiency in Africa (CIPRiSSA)’, the Rice Value Chain Resource Center and a pan-African breeder and foundation seed capital for rice at the AfricaRice Research Station in M’bé, Bouaké.
The 43rd Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees is being held, 9-11 April 2018, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to monitor the Centre’s progress towards achieving its objectives, approve the annual program of work and budget and reflect jointly with AfricaRice Management on strategic issues related to the Center.
AfricaRice and IRRI senior management teams meet in Nairobi, Kenya, 13-14 March 2018. Members of the senior management teams of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, 13-14 March 2018, to discuss on mechanisms for strengthening their partnership to respond to emerging challenges of the rice sector in Africa. Photo (from left to right): Dr Jacqueline Hughes, IRRI Deputy Director General for Research; Dr Matthew Morell, IRRI Director General; Dr Abdelbagi Ismail, IRRI Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa; Dr Paul Kiepe, AfricaRice Head, Research Planning and Coordination; Dr Etienne Duveiller, AfricaRice Deputy Director General and Director of Research for Development; Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, AfricaRice Director General.
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World Vegetable Center Director General visits AfricaRice-Abidjan to strengthen collaboration The World Vegetable Center Director General Dr Marco Wopereis met with the AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and members of AfricaRice Management team on 27 February 2018 to re-invigorate the long-standing partnership existing with AfricaRice. The two Centers will explore opportunities to strengthen cooperation in areas of common interest relating to rice-vegetable cropping systems and jointly develop options that will improve the livelihoods and diets of the rural poor in Africa. Photo : (from left) AfricaRice Strategic Partnerships Director Dr Samuel Bruce-Oliver World Vegetable Center Director General Dr Marco Wopereis AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley AfricaRice Research Planning and Coordination Head Dr Paul Kiepe AfricaRice Coordinator of SSARSSA Initiative and Secretary to the Board of Trustees Dr Marcel Nwalozie AfricaRice Director of Finance Mr Kolade Olatifede
Participants of AfricaRice Science Week 2018, 12-16 February, AfricaRice Headquarters, M’bé (near Bouaké), Côte d’Ivoire About 75 participants, comprising researchers from all the AfricaRice stations, selected support staff, and Management are attending the AfricaRice Science Week 2018 to share and discuss the achievements, challenges and learning of 2017 and present plans for 2018. An important component of this year's Science Week program is a "Stop and Think Strategy Workshop," facilitated by SRI Executive, to discuss, among others, the future focus, relevance, trends and developments that AfricaRice should be addressing.
Participants of a “Consultation workshop on comparative rice competitiveness: lessons learnt on successful development of rice value chains in Asia for West Africa”, 29 Jan – 1 Feb 2018, AfricaRice, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire More than 55 participants, mainly from Africa and Asia, are attending the consultation workshop, which is jointly organized by AfricaRice, the World Bank and CORAF/WECARD. The main objective of the workshop is to improve the suitability and relevance of guiding principles drawn from a study of Asian countries for the development of effective and efficient rice value chains in West Africa. Participants include key stakeholders active in rice value chains, representatives from governments of selected countries, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, development partners, the donor community, financial institutions and research organizations.
Showcasing AfricaRice innovations at SARA 2017, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 17-26 Nov 2017 AfricaRice is exhibiting its innovations, ranging from improved rice varieties to innovative postharvest technologies at the 4th International Agriculture and Animal Resources Fair (SARA 2017) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 17-26 Nov 2017.
•AfricaRice explores PPP model with NSIA Bank and Gan Logis to strengthen rice seed value chain in Côte d'Ivoire. A delegation from NSIA Bank-Côte d’Ivoire – comprising Director General Mr Leonce Yace, and the Head of Financial and Investing bank Mr Gomez Konan – as well as the Director General of Gan Logis, Mr Anderson GOUEDAN, met with AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Director of Corporate Services Mr Koen Geerts, Special Advisor to Director General Dr Marcel Nwalozie and Seed Specialist Dr Amadou Beye at AfricaRice-Abidjan on 6 November 2017. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of a public-private partnership (PPP) model to strengthen rice seed value chain in Côte d'Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley underlines the importance of research in agricultural development plans at the Africa Agri Forum 2017. The Africa Agri Forum 2017 was organized in partnership with OCP Africa, 18-19 October 2017 in Abidjan, under the aegis of the Ivorian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The theme of the Forum was “Agricultural Development Plans: The Winning Approach.” About 200 participants representing government authorities, international organizations, financial institutions, investors, agribusiness, agro-industries, research centers, academia, farmers’ cooperatives attended the Africa Agri Forum 2017, which serves as a platform for exchanges between African and international experts as well as actors in the agricultural world. Dr Harold Roy-Macauley presented the ‘Continental Investment Plan for Accelerating Rice Self-Sufficiency in Africa’ (CIPRiSSA) in the plenary session on ‘How to address the key challenges of PPP, financing, food security, industry development…’ on the 2nd day of the Africa Agri Forum 2017. Click here to listen to Dr Roy-Macauley’s presentation. https://tinyurl.com/y9udv2xq AfricaRice was also invited to participate in the ‘Business-to-business’ (B2B) exhibition. Click here to see the photos. https://tinyurl.com/y8ml6t3m
AfricaRice signed a Host Agreement with the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP). The Agreement was signed by Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, AfricaRice Director General, and Dr David Hoisington, Chair of the IBP Board of Directors in the presence of representatives of both organizations and special invitees. The IBP, with its broad experience in developing plant breeding tools and AfricaRice with its expertise in research and development of the rice value chain, will combine their efforts to modernize rice breeding in Africa so that smallholder farmers can have access to improved and resilient rice varieties to face a changing climate. The IBP Board of Directors took this opportunity to hold its annual meeting at AfricaRice in Abidjan from 11 to 13 October 2017. This was an ideal occasion for the Board to meet local partners and users of the IBP services as well as to understand the critical role AfricaRice is playing in R4D in Africa, and how IBP and AfricaRice can create synergy through stronger collaboration.
Participants of the 10th Biennial Consultative Meeting of the National Experts Committee of the Africa Rice Center and Preliminary Workshop on the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, 20-21 September 2017, Banjul, The Gambia
AfricaRice Director General Dr. Harold Roy-Macauley speaking on “Scaling rice innovations and development of rice production in Africa” at the IDRC Side Event “Dialogue on Research to Support Agricultural Transformation in Francophone Countries of West and Central Africa,” during the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF2017), 4-8 September 2017, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The event was inaugurated by Hon. Prof. Ramata Ly-Bakayoko, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Côte d’Ivoire.
Participants of the SARD-SC project completion review meeting for the rice component, 13-14 July 2017, AfricaRice, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. A project completion review meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARD-SC)” relating to the rice component, was held, 13-14 July 2017 at AfricaRice-Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Executive Director Dr Denis Kyetere and Rice Project Manager Dr Sanni Kayode meet with AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and his Management team at AfricaRice-Abidjan office on 30 June 2017 to share thoughts on the activities of both organizations and explore possible areas of collaboration on rice in Africa for the benefit of African farmers.
41st Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, 10-13 April 2017, M’bé Research Station, Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire
La 5ème rencontre des « Cafés de la Science » sur la thématique GESTION DURABLE s’est tenue a AfricaRice, Abidjan, le 7 avril 2017. La rencontre a été inaugurée par Madame Georgette AGNEROH-EBOI, Directeur Général de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de l’Insertion Professionnelle, représentante de Madame le Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique de Côte d’Ivoire (MESRSCI), en présence de Dr Ronan Jambou, Directeur de recherche, Institut Pasteur de Côte d'Ivoire ; Pr Abdourahamane Konaré, Directeur général de la Recherche et de l’innovation, Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique ; Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Directeur général, AfricaRice ; Dr Jean-Marc Hougard, Représentant Délégué, IRD, Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley at the meeting on “Scientific and Technical Partnerships in Africa: Technologies, Platforms and Partnerships in support of the African agricultural science agenda,” co-hosted by IFPRI and AfricaRice, 4-5 April 2017, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley at the planning workshop on “Continental investment plan for accelerating rice self-sufficiency in Africa (CIPRiSSA)," 16-17 March 2017, AfricaRice, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley with the 'RICE' CRP Independent Steering Committee and Program Planning and Management Team, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines, 9-10 March 2017.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley at the 'RICE' CRP Independent Steering Committee meeting held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines, 9-10 March 2017.
AfricaRice Science Week 2017, M'bé, Côte d'Ivoire - 6-10 Feb 2017
AfricaRice delegation led by Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley attended the opening ceremony of the 2016 Science Promotion Week in Côte d’Ivoire (SEPRI), under the theme ‘Transfer of technology and knowhow,’ 8-9 December 2016, Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan.
Visit of Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to AfricaRice HQ -- During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank.
Visit of Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to AfricaRice HQ -- During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with Ivorian Minister of African Integration H.E. Mr Ally Coulibaly.
Visit of Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to AfricaRice HQ -- During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.
Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’, 19 October 2016, Jeonju, South Korea. The MoU was signed by Mr Hwang-keun Chung, Administrator, Rural Development Administration (RDA); Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice; Dr Joseph DeVries, Chief, Agricultural Transformation Program, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on behalf of AGRA President Dr Agnes Kalibata; Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (ConDev). Representatives from RDA, the National Institute of Crop Science (NICS) and Korea-Africa Food & Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) attended the ceremony.
Joel Budd, Social Affairs editor of 'The Economist', interviewing AfriacRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley
A high-level delegation from FAO led by Mr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, met with AfricaRice management and scientists at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan on 6 Oct 2016 to accelerate the implementation of the memorandum of agreement (MoU) signed in April 2016 between FAO and AfricaRice and other joint plans relating to the sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa.
AfricaRice Director General leads round table debate on rice self-sufficiency in Africa at ISRFG 2016 side event , held on 28 September 2016 in Montpellier, France.
Ivorian dignitaries met with the members of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees on 8 Sep 2016 during the 40th Board meeting at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. They were taken on a guided tour of an exhibition on the rice value chain and saw how various technologies and approaches developed by AfricaRice are supporting the value chain. The dignitaries comprised: Prof. Ramata Bakayoko-Ly, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Cote d’Ivoire Dr Eklou Attiogbevi-Somado, Principal Agronomist, African Development Bank Mr Kouakou Apporture, Cabinet Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Wautabouna Ouattara, Director General of Integration, Ministry of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad Mr Coulibaly F. Edmond, Technical Advisor to the Minister, Ministry under the Prime Minister responsible for Economy and Finance Mr Yacouba Dembélé, Director General, National Rice Development Office
Scene from the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held in Nairobi, Kenya, 27-28 August 2016. The theme for TICAD VI is ‘Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development Agenda: TICAD Partnership for Prosperity'.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley's presentation on "Global research partnership efforts: tackling food and environmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa" at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Side Event organized by the World Bank on the “Future of Food in sub-Saharan Africa: Reviewing progress, charting next steps” held in Nairobi, Kenya, 26 August 2016.
Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Side Event organized by the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) on the “Progress of CARD and the future of rice sector development in Africa” held in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 August 2016.
Participants of the 30th Ordinary Session of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, 22-23 August 2016, Kampala, Uganda, organized under the chairmanship of Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of the Republic of Uganda. The Council of Ministers is AfricaRice’s highest oversight body, with statutory meetings held once every two years.
Participants from the National Experts Committee (NEC) Meeting as part of 30th Ordinary Session of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, 22-23 August 2016, Kampala, Uganda Members of National Experts Committee (NEC), comprising Directors General of 25 AfricaRice member countries, met on 22 August 2016, ahead of the meeting of the Council of Ministers to review the Center’s research-for-development activities and make recommendations to the Council of Ministers for approval by resolution.
A World Bank delegation from Côte d'Ivoire led by Mr Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Togo based in Abidjan, visited AfricaRice headquarters on 15 July 2016. The other members of the delegation were Mr Abdoulaye Touré, Lead Agricultural Economist and Task Team Leader of WAAPP-World Bank (Africa Bureau); and Mr Taleb Ould Sid Ahmed, Senior Communications Officer. Mr Hiroshi Hiraoka, Senior Agriculture Economist, AFTA2, World Bank and member of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) Steering Committee also accompanied the delegation.
Drs Nancy Cochrane, Jim Hansen, and Getachew Nigatu from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) visited AfricaRice headquarters to present a 10-year projections model developed by USDA for the ECOWAS region, covering 12 commodity sectors, including rice.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley pays courtesy visit to the Ivorian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Abdallah T. MABRI, on 27 June 2016 in Abidjan, to thank him and the government for their support to AfricaRice and to convey AfricaRice’s commitment to help Côte d’Ivoire achieve rice self-sufficiency.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley leading the panel discussion on "Africa Riceing" at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week and FARA General Assembly, Kigali, Rwanda, on 14 June 2016
Delegates from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS/CEDEAO) visited AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 2 June 2016 to familiarize themselves with new initiatives of AfricaRice and strengthen collaboration. (From left : AfricaRice Director of Strategic Partnerships Samuel Bruce-Oliver, ECOWAS Agriculture and Rural Development Director Alain Sy Traoré, ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources Tchambakou Ayassor, AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley, and Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA) Executive Director Salifou Ousseini)
AfricaRice DG Dr Harold Roy-Macauley visited the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia, 19-24 May, to discuss collaborative activities with the DGs of CIAT and IRRI and to interact with rice researchers at CIAT. (From left to right: CIAT Molecular Biologist Maria Fernanda Alvarez, AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley, CIAT Agronomist Maribel Cruz, CIAT Agronomist Yamid Sanabria, IRRI Director General Matthew Morell, CIAT Agrobiodiversity Research Area Director Joseph Tohme, and CIAT Agrobiodiversity Research Area Leader Fernando Correa).
A training center set up by AfricaRice to provide vocational training to rice value chain actors was inaugurated on 7 May 2016 in Saint Louis, Senegal, by His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment.
Delegation from Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, OCP, Morocco and from the Institut national polytechnique (INP-HB), Cote d’Ivoire met with the AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and his team at AfricaRich headquarters to forge strong collaboration on rice R&D
Delegation from AMC-FC (Agricultural and Management Company – Food and Commerce) and GAN LOGIS, Côte d'Ivoire, discussing collaboration on rice seed issues with AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and his team at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
FAO and AfricaRice sign a MoU for scientific and technical cooperation in consolidating sustainable rice systems development in Africa during the 29th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, on 8 April 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley was invited to participate in the Ministerial Round table during the 29th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, on 8 April 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
His Excellency Prof. Monty Jones, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone, visits AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 8 April 2016. Prof. Jones was co-winner of the prestigious "World Food Prize" in 2004, awarded for the development of the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) as a researcher at AfricaRice (ex-WARDA). AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley led H.E. Prof. Jones on a guided tour of the AfricaRice Headquarters.
His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment of Senegal, visits AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 8 April 2016. Dr Seck was Director General of AfricaRice from 2006 to 2013. AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley led H.E. Dr Seck on a guided tour of the AfricaRice Headquarters.
African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture visits AfricaRice Headquarters -- AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley discussing with Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture. 7 April 2016
Africarice Incoming Board Chair Prof. Eric Tollens, and AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, paid a courtesy call on Prof. Ramata Bakayoko-Ly, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, to inform about the 39th AfricaRice Board meeting under way at AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan and the plan to strengthen partnership on research, development and training. 23 March 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley extending a warm welcome to IFAD President Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 8 March 2016
Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, AfricaRice Director General meets with Dr Wongbé Yte, CNRA Director General; Dr Nicodème Zakra, Director of Scientific Research; and Dr Amoncho Adiko, Scientific Adviser in Charge of International Cooperation to discuss on rice research collaboration in Côte d’Ivoire. 7 March 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley with Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) officials and partners, Morocco. The objectives of his visit are to assist in the launching of OCP Africa a subsidiary group of OCP SA; see some of the sites in Morocco where OCP is operating either alone or in partnership with other institutions (Universities and Agro-businesses); and help establish a partnership agreement between OCP Africa and AfricaRice in the areas of research for development on rice, capacity development of rice value chain actors and agro-business development. March 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley pays courtesy call on His Excellency Ally Coulibaly, Minister of African Integration and the Ivorians from the outside, Côte d'Ivoire. 19 February 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with Dr Sidiki Cisse, National Agency of Support to Rural Development (ANADER) Director General, Cote d'Ivoire, to strengthen collaboration for rice sector development. 19 February 2016
GRiSP strengthens impact delivery via RICE proposal. Chaired by Pascal Kosuth of the Agropolis Foundation, members of the GRiSP oversight committee include Masa Iwanaga, AfricaRice board of trustees (BOT), Lala Razafinjara (AfricaRice BOT), Rita Sharma (IRRI BOT), Kaye Basford (IRRI BOT), John Hamer (CIAT BOT), Kei Otsuka, (GRIPS), Luciano Nass (Embrapa, Brazil), Jan Leach (Colorado State University, USA), Ambrose Agona (NARO, Uganda), Shaobing Peng (Huazhong Agricultural University, China), Trilochan Mohapatra (IARI, India), Roy-Macauley (AfricaRice director general), and Morell (IRRI director general).29 January 2016
AfricaRice and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) sign agreement to develop sustainable seed production systems for rice in Africa. The signing ceremony held on 9 February 2016 at AfricaRice Headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, was attended by SFSA delegation comprising Executive Director Marco Ferroni, Head of Agricultural Partnerships Ian Barker, Former Board member Eugene Terry, Delegate for West Africa Oumar Niangado.
Participants of a preparatory meeting on “FeedAfrica: A collaborative plan for CGIAR Center Support of the AfDB’s African Agricultural Transformation Agenda” on 20 January 2016 at AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. (From left to right: Dr Paul Woomer, IITA's Kenya Country Leader; AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley; IITA Director General Dr Nteranya Sanginga; Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Dr Florence Wambugu; ILRI Director General Dr Jimmy Smith; FARA Executive Director Dr Yemi Akinbamijo; IFPRI Director for Africa Dr Ousmane Badiane; AfricaRice DDG and incoming DG of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center Dr Marco Wopereis)
His Excellency Dr Gerd Müller, Federal German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, inaugurated the Green Innovation Center on 3 January 2016 at AfricaRice research station in Cotonou, Benin, to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers and processors and create job opportunities, particularly for youth and women, in the country.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with the Honorable Minister Cissé Bacongo, Ivorian Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms to thank him for all his support for AfricaRice's return to Cote d'Ivoire in his former capacity as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. 22 December 2015
On behalf of the FAO Director General, the FAO Representative in Côte d’Ivoire Mr Germain Dasylva handed over the medal and the commemorative publication “70 YEARS OF FAO 1945-2015” to the AfricaRice Director General Dr HaroldRoy-Macauley at a simple award ceremony held on 14 December 2015 at the FAO Office in Abidjan.
Director General of Africa Rice Dr Harold Roy-Macauley Monday 7 December paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown. Photo courtesy : State House Communication Unit
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with Dr Michael Dreyer, GIZ Resident Director in Côte d’Ivoire, to convey his deep appreciation for the strong support from GIZ for a number of joint rice projects across the continent. 26 November 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley paid a courtesy visit to Dr Patrick Houben, Program Manager, Rural Development, EU Delegation in Côte d'Ivoire, to announce the return of AfricaRice to Côte d’Ivoire and present the Center’s vision and strategy. 26 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with the UNDP Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire Mr Babacar Cissé to present his vision of AfricaRice and the huge potential of the rice sector in Côte d'Ivoire. 25 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency Mr Coulibaly Sangafowa, Minister of Agriculture of Côte d'Ivoire to reiterate AfricaRice’s commitment to helping the country achieve its objective of rice self-sufficiency. 25 November 2015
An AfricaRice delegation led by Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley has an audience with the Prime Minister of Mauritania H.E. Yahya Ould Hademine. 6 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with Mauritanian Minister of Agriculture Mrs Lamina Mint El Ghotob Ould Moma. 6 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley paid a courtesy visit to Dr Michael Fernau, Counselor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Côte d'Ivoire to announce the return of AfricaRice Headquarters to Côte d'Ivoire and to strengthen partnership for rice sector development. 2 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Maculey paid courtesy visit to H.E. Hiroshi Kawamura, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to share his vision and strengthen collaboration to boost the rice sector in Cote d'Ivoire and at the regional level. 16 October 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Maculey paid courtesy visit to the H.E. Hugues Chantry, Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia & Sierra Leone, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to share his vision and stregthen collaboration to boost the rice sector in Cote d'Ivoire and at the regional level. 16 October 2015
14 September 2015, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General of the Africa Rice Center , FAO Headquarters. Photo credit : ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano.
Dr Roy-Macauley and AfricaRice Board members pay a courtesy visit to the President of the African Development Bank. 11 Sep 2015
The AfricaRice delegation led by Dr Roy-Macauley was received in audience by the President of Madagascar and had discussions with the Honorable Minister of Agriculture of Madagascar Mr Roland Ravatomanga and the FOFIFA rice team. May 2015
Directeur général d'AfricaRice Dr Harold Roy-Macauley rencontre S.E. Abdourahmane Cissé, Ministre auprès du Premier Ministre Chargé du Budget de la Côte d’Ivoire, pour annoncer le retour du siège d’AfricaRice de Cotonou, Bénin, à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 28 April 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with H.E. Gnamien Konan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Cote d'Ivoire to announce the return of the AfricaRice headquarters from Cotonou, Benin, to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.. 27 Mar 2015