Article de l’équipe du volet riz de SARD-SC (Abiba Omar, Josey Kamanda et Sidi Sanyang)
Diplômé en comptabilité et en management, Loki Charles Cocou, 29 ans, a travaillé à temps partiel en tant qu’enseignant et a dispensé des cours à domicile à Cotonou, au Bénin. Cependant, ses revenus ne lui permettaient pas de subvenir aux besoins de sa femme et de ses trois enfants. Par conséquent, il est retourné à Bantè, son village, qui se situe dans le Centre du Bénin à près de 292 km de Cotonou.
Article contributed by SARD-SC ‘Rice component’ team members (Abiba Omar, Josey Kamanda and Sidi Sanyang)
After graduating in accountancy and management, 29-year old Loki Charles Cocou worked as a part-time teacher and gave private lessons at home in Cotonou, Benin. However, his income was insufficient for the needs of his wife and three children. Consequently, he returned to Bantè, his home village, located in the center of Benin, about 292 km from Cotonou.
In a major breakthrough for Nigeria, which is subject to recurrent and devastating flooding, two high-yielding flood-tolerant rice varieties developed by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) – FARO 66 and FARO 67 – have been officially approved for cultivation.
The flood-tolerant varieties were selected based on farmers' rankings and results of on-station, multilocation and on-farm trials conducted in partnership with the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) and the National Rice and Maize Center (NRMC).
The USAID-funded Seed Scaling project implemented by AfricaRice in Liberia is addressing the important issue of good quality rice seed production in Liberia to increase rice production and achieve rice self-sufficiency in the country.
Four training sessions of out-growers related to seed production, processing, certification and marketing were organized in the four major rice seed production Counties, namely Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa and Lofa during September to November 2016.
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
27 Jan 2017
An international team of researchers representing the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Wageningen University, has raised the alarm over the enormous economic impact of parasitic weeds on rice production in Africa, threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of resource-poor rice farmers and consumers in the region.