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RiceAdvice: Decision support tool by AfricaRice for African rice farmers
Description: What is RiceAdvice? RiceAdvice is a decision support tool for providing farmers with field-specific management guidelines for rice production systems in Africa. It is an interactive tool, and the guidelines are generated based on farmers' answers to multiple choice questions on crop management practices and market. Expected users include farmers, extension workers, private rice sectors, development agencies in Africa who are interested in advice for rice production. RiceAdvice can be used on Android devices (version 4.0.3 and up), such as smart phones and tablet computers. Although RiceAdvice can be largely used without any internet connection, an active connection is required from time to time to be able to synchronize information with the database server. RiceAdvice is a free decision support application (app) for providing farmers with field-specific management guidelines. It is an interactive tool, which generates the recommendations based on farmers’ answers to around 20 questions including: • Location • Season • Rice growing environment • Water supply level • Crop management practices • Rice variety • Typical rice yield • Crop rotation • Organic input • Fertilizer which farmers already have • List of fertilizers available in the local market and their price • Paddy price Who can use it and where? Farmers, extension workers, private sector, and development agencies having smartphone or tablet with android device (version 3.0 and up). Target conditions are irrigated and favorable rainfed rice. Not recommended to use in locations where drought/flooding risk is high. Currently RiceAdvice is available for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo and Uganda. Please check the locations on the map available at to check where RiceAdvice has been tested. It is noted that field testing was not completed in all the countries above. In those countries and locations which RiceAdvice was not tested, do not use this tool for your field or farmers’ fields before its validation. If you are willing to test the tool by yourself or with farmers, please contact us (email to ). Guidance RiceAdvice website: RiceAdvice in Google play: RiceAdvice Installation Guide: Further help with using RiceAdvice, please send an email to For more information, please contact Dr Kazuki Saito. Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R. Raman, AfricaRice
  21 Apr 2017   1m36s 1 42 0
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RiceAdvice : Un outil d'aide à la décision par AfricaRice pour les riziculteurs africains
Description: RiceAdvice est un outil Android d'aide à la décision de pré saison fournissant aux agriculteurs des lignes directrices spécifiques de gestion culturale pour les systèmes de production rizicole en Afrique. C’est un outil interactif, et les lignes directrices sont générées sur la base des réponses des agriculteurs à des questions à choix multiples sur leurs pratiques culturales et le marché. Les utilisateurs potentiels sont des agriculteurs, des agents de vulgarisation, des acteurs du secteur privé ou des agences de développement en Afrique qui sont intéressés par des conseils pour la production rizicole. RiceAdvice peut être utilisé sur des appareils Android (version 4.0.3 ou versions ultérieures). Bien que RiceAdvice puisse être largement utilisé sans connexion Internet, une connexion active est nécessaire de temps en temps afin de synchroniser les informations avec le serveur de la base de données. Vidéo credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  20 Apr 2017   1m37s 0 13 0
Manual rotary dibbler by AfricaRice
Description: Introduction of a newly developed seeder that can help reduce labor inputs for crop establishment. For more information, please visit Rice ehub:
  20 Feb 2017   1m43s 2 161 0
Africa needs AfricaRice expertise and innovations : Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers
Description: During his first visit to AfricaRice 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, stated that AfricaRice has a historic responsibility to help its member countries achieve rice self-sufficiency. In August 2016, Senegal took over the chairmanship of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, which is the supreme governing body of AfricaRice. The Center is an intergovernmental association of 26 African member countries. It is also a CGIAR Research Center – part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future. The main objective of Dr Seck’s visit to AfricaRice was to participate in the handover ceremony, where he received documents relating to the chairmanship. Extending a warm welcome to him, AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley said, “This is a great honor for AfricaRice as it is not customary for the Chair of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers to visit, but this shows Dr Seck’s special bond with the Center.” Before being appointed as the Senegal Minister for Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Dr Seck was AfricaRice Director General from 2006 to 2013. Addressing the AfricaRice staff, Dr Seck said, “Rice has become a strategic crop for Africa and the continent will continue to depend on AfricaRice to address major rice challenges as individual countries do not have such capacity.” “Agriculture is truly an instrument for transformation and AfricaRice is strengthening the food security of millions of Africans through its research,” Dr Seck added. He highlighted that Africa’s rice (paddy) production is expected to reach a record of more than 29 million tons in 2016, a 4 percent increase over last year’s production. Giving the example of Senegal’s recent success in rice production, Dr Seck remarked, “Thanks to improved technologies developed by AfricaRice, rice is now being produced throughout the country, whereas traditionally rice was produced only in the northern part of the country and a little bit in the South.” He explained that AfricaRice scientists in close association with their national partners are directly or indirectly contributing to the structural transformation of agriculture in Senegal and the rest of Africa. Dr Seck urged the member countries, which are benefiting from AfricaRice technologies, to honor their obligations. He also called for strong support for the Center from the African regional economic communities and international donors. “Support to the rice sector in Africa is vital because the continent will be the world’s future rice granary.” During the visit, Dr Seck and AfricaRice Director General Dr Roy-Macauley met with the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly to thank him and the government for all the support to the Center. Recommendations were made to further strengthen the collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire and the Center. They also met with the Ivorian Minister of African Integration H.E. Mr Ally Coulibaly. Dr Seck thanked the Minister for the relentless efforts made by him and his team to facilitate the payment of the contribution promised by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to AfricaRice for the relocation from Benin to Côte d’Ivoire. Plans were made to further strengthen the collaboration. Dr Seck’s visit also included a meeting with Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. Dr Adesina emphasized that AfricaRice should lead the process of transforming the rice sector in the continent and develop a comprehensive plan with African countries for continental rice self-sufficiency. Dr Seck had working sessions with the AfricaRice Director General and his team to develop a road map for his 2-year term as CoM Chair. Before concluding his visit, Dr Seck declared, “I am very confident about AfricaRice’s future and I have great faith in Dr Roy-Macauley’s leadership and his dedicated staff.” Video : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  21 Dec 2016   13m55s 1 111 0
AfricaRice calls for vigilance over poor quality imported rice into African countries
Description: Statement by AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley on the urgent need for vigilance over poor quality imported rice into African countries.
  07 Jun 2016   9m15s 1 209 0
AfricaRice : Centre de formation aux métiers de la riziculture
Description: Le centre de formation est stratégiquement situé à Saint Louis, au Sénégal, à 15 km de la vieille ville, ce qui a un charme historique unique et est répertorié comme un site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. Saint Louis est également dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal, qui est la principale région rizicole du Sénégal. Le centre est un outil précieux pour la région afin de moderniser le secteur du riz et de transformer la vie des communautés rurales. Le centre est ouvert à tous les partenaires de recherche et de développement d’AfricaRice et peut être loué par eux. Video : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  07 May 2016   8m16s 1 667 0
2004 World Food Prize co-winner Prof. Monty Jones visits AfricaRice
Description: His Excellency Prof. Monty Jones, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone, speaking during his visit to 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. Video by : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  15 Apr 2016   4m58s 0 84 0
AfricaRice : Saving the M’bé dam - A race against time
Description: A small dam in M’bé – called M’bé1 – near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, that has helped sustain the livelihoods of hundreds of farming households for more than 50 years and was their only lifeline to survival during the decade-long Ivorian crisis, is today in desperate and urgent need of rehabilitation. “The farmers here were able to grow rice even during the height of the crisis as we continued to run the irrigation system and ensured timely water supply,” said Alain N’Zoromi, Supervisor of Operations at AfricaRice’s main research station in M’bé. “Knowing the vital importance of the dam for the life of the village communities, we did not stop the supply of irrigation water even for a day when the farmers required it during that difficult period,” Alain added. The reservoir, which supplies water to the M’bé1 irrigation scheme, lies in the main research station of AfricaRice in M’bé. The successful management of the M’bé1 dam, particularly during the crisis period, when most of the AfricaRice research activities were suspended, is a shining example of cooperation and trust between the Center and the village communities, which are jointly managing and sharing the water of the reservoir for rice research and farming. It is also an inspiring story of unsung heroes who helped the rural community survive when there was little hope of getting any help. This is in stark contrast to other three nearby dams that were developed at the same time as M’bé1, but which are no longer functioning properly because of poor management. More ... watch this video. Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  30 Mar 2016   8m48s 2 394 0
AfricaRice : Remarks by IFAD President Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze
Description: Remarks by IFAD President Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze during his visit to AfricaRice Headquarters, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 8 March 2016 Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  30 Mar 2016   13m23s 0 123 0
Welcome speech by AfricaRice DG during IFAD President's visit
Description: Welcome speech by AfricaRice DG Dr Harold Roy-Macauley on the occasion of IFAD President's visit to AfricaRice Headquarters, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 8 March 2016. Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra and R.Raman, AfricaRice
  30 Mar 2016   13m44s 0 98 0
International Women’s Day 2016 at AfricaRice
Description: Rougie Thomasi, Head of Legal Unit, AfricaRice speaking on behalf of the AfricaRice women staff on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2016 at AfricaRice HQ, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
  09 Mar 2016   7m57s 5 194 0
Nouvelle video sur le système GEM d’étuvage du riz d'AfricaRice
Description: A video on the improved GEM parboiling rice system, which has started to make a difference in the lives of over 450 women rice parboilers in the Glazoué rice hub in Benin, has been produced. AfricaRice has developed and established the GEM system in Glazoué using an innovation platform approach along the rice value chain thanks to the project "Support to Agricultural Research for strategic crops in Africa" (SARD-SC) with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB). Appropriate training has allowed women to explore the GEM method and its advantages that include the following: • Reduction of post-harvest losses; • Parboiling a large quantity of rice in a limited period of time; and • Improving the quality of rice that better meets consumer demands. The innovation platform approach has promoted the creation of good business relations between the various stakeholders in the rice value chain by bringing together all the stakeholders. As a result, rice consumers are progressively being attracted to the locally produced parboiled rice in Glazoué, leading to increase in incomes of women parboilers. In addition to the beneficiaries from Glazoué rice hub, the training included women processors from Malanville in northern Benin and 10 young entrepreneurs. This video is produced by AfricaRice and SARD-SC.
  22 Dec 2015   10m41s 1 180 0