Africa Rice Center
|Type||Non-profit research and training center|
|Headquarters||Bouaké, Vallée du Bandama Region|
|English / French|
|Dr. Adama Traoré|
|Board of Trustees|
The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), formerly known as the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA), is an African organization currently headquartered in Cotonou, Benin. AfricaRice is an agricultural research center that was constituted in 1971 by 11 West African countries. Presently the center counts 25 African member states. Since 1986, AfricaRice has been one of the 15 specialized research centers of the CGIAR.
Its normal headquarters are in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire, but because of the political situation in that country, it is currently operating from the premises of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture's station in Cotonou. The center runs regional research stations in Saint-Louis, Senegal, in Ibadan, Nigeria and in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
AfricaRice aims to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa through research for development. The center has therefore close links to agricultural research organizations in the African member states, to agricultural universities and research institutes in Europe, Japan and the United States, and to the development sector, which include Non Governmental Organizations, farmers organizations and donors. AfricaRice, being part of the CGIAR system, shares resources with several of the other CGIAR organizations, including the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Philippines, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria. In the course of reforms at the CGIAR, AfricaRice developed together with IRRI and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), which sets a global strategic research agenda for rice.
One of the major tasks of AfricaRice is the development and introduction of new rice seed varieties that are suitable for African conditions. NERICA, which stands for "New Rice for Africa", is two families of interspecific cultivars of African (Oryza glaberrima) and Asian (Oryza sativa) rice species, that was developed to improve the yields of African farmers. For his work on NERICA, Dr. Monty Jones from Sierra Leone was awarded the World Food Prize in 2004 becoming the first African to win this award.
- "Africa: Emergency Rice Initiative Launched to Help Countries Severely Hit By Soaring Prices". AllAfrica.com. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
- "About Us". African Rice Center Official Site. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
The Center was created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its membership comprises 25 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.
- Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) GRiSP website
- "Monty Jones awarded WFP 2004". World Food Prize official site. Retrieved 2011-03-07.