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May 19th, 2017 / Manilla Bulletin, Philippines

A group of African farmers graduated recently from a training extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) as part of development cooperation to boost food security in member countries of the Coalition of African Rice Development (CARD).

JICA, IRRI, and PhilRice are training researchers and extension workers in Africa from 2016 until 2019 under an ongoing program Extension Capacity Development for Rice Food Security in Africa.

“The participants are extension workers who are expected to boost the rice seed value chain in CARD-member countries,” said IRRI Project Manager Jason Beebout. CARD, a consultative group of donors, and research organizations work with African producing countries to double rice production in Africa from 14 million tons per year to 28 million tons per year in 2018. Read more