Developing the next generation of new rice varieties for sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia [Japan Rice Breeding project]

Published on 12 May 2010

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Start Date: 1 March 2010 | End Date: 28 February 2015


This project will allow IRRI and AfricaRice to re-build rice breeding capacity at NARS level in sub-Saharan Africa and south-East Asia and pursue a systematic collaborative approach to rice breeding that will greatly shorten the time needed to develop rice varieties. Delivery of varieties will also be accelerated through streamlining and harmonizing varietal release procedures across the region. To ensure delivery of products well-accepted by farmers and consumers, this project aims to establish a network of NARS breeders in SSA and SEA that would constitute Breeding Task Forces to develop the next

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5 Responses to “Developing the next generation of new rice varieties for sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia [Japan Rice Breeding project]”

  1. David Kolawole OJO, PhD says:

    Please, Dr.Sie,
    How can I get involved in this relatively new project?
    Greetings.I am a Professor of Plant Breeding, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, NIGERIA

    • Moussa SIE says:

      Dear Prof Ojo,

      I refer to your request cited below, and thanks for your keen interest in our activities. I could remember we had discussion together in Mali during the Rice Congress meeting and we really appreciate your inputs. Having said this, I would like to inform you that Dr A.T.Maji, Rice Breeder (NCRI) whom I am copying this email has been appointed as the focal point for Nigeria activities.

      As you may be aware, we will need Professor in the area of Plant Breeding from a recognized institute like yours for capacity building therefore, could you kindly send one page of your “biodata” with passport photography to me as soon as possible.

      In nutshell, I am very much willing to have collaborative work with you and let us get the communication started.

      Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me again.

      Once again thank you for your interest in the Africa Rice Center.


      Moussa SIE
      Senior Breeder & Africa Rice Breeding Task Force Coordinator
      Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) – formerly WARDA/ADRAO
      01 B.P. 2031, Cotonou, BENIN
      Tel +229 21 35 01 88 Fax +229 21 35 05 56

  2. Samuel Abebrese says:

    Hi Doc.

    How is AfricaRice, I am the young man working with Dr Dartey in Ghana for my MSc when you last came to select varieties.

    I have completed my studies and has now been appointed as a research scientist (Rice Breeder) at CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute(SARI).

    I will be very grateful if I am involved in AfricaRice activities especially trainings and PhD opportunities to help improve my skills.

    Nice day.

  3. Am interested in rice breeding and currently pursuing an MSc in plant breeding and seed system. What is your advice in trying to breed rice with high protein content as in QPM?

  4. I would also be interested to be involved and informed of latest what break throughs in rice breeding and any studing opportunities/ workshops and short courses for young scientists getting into breeding of rice.Am from Zambia at the University of Zambia.

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