Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’. <br/>Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)
Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’.
Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)

20.01.2017

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In an enhanced strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties will be developed and the African rice gene pool will be broadened.

The Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea and the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) have entered into a strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and
Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) to accelerate the development of a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties to meet the pressing needs of rice farmers and consumers in Africa. KAFACI aims to contribute to food security and enhanced economic growth in Africa through modernised agriculture by drawing on the experience, knowledge and resources of the Republic of Korea.

The partnership will broaden the African rice gene pool with high yield and quality traits from Korean rice germplasm. It will also enhance African rice breeding capacity by training national rice breeders, particularly in the application of another culture, which has high potential to increase rice yields in Africa. For this, facilities for another-culture work will be set up at the regional training centre of AfricaRice located at its regional station in Saint Louis, Senegal.

The partnership will support seed multiplication and dissemination efforts for newly released improved rice varieties, which will contribute to strengthening national seed systems.

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