Preparing African Rice Farmers Against Parasitic Weeds in a Changing Environment [ PARASITE Project]

Published on 12 May 2010

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Start Date: 1 September 2010 | End Date: 1 September 2014


We aim to prepare the rice sector in threatened areas of SSA against projected increases in infestation levels of parasitic weeds (Striga spp. and Rhamphicarpa fistulosa). We investigate vulnerable locations, effects of climate variability and extremes on parasitic-weed survival, reproduction and virulence, direct and indirect economic impacts, and sustainable management strategies for resource-poor farmers. In addition, we will analyze how national crop protection systems function and innovate, taking parasitic weeds in rice-based cropping systems as a case study. Such analyses are aimed to develop policy guidelines geared to improve overall preparedness for new or increasing biotic constraints, as well as communication between different stakeholders in the sector.

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