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3rd Africa Rice Congress, 21-24 October 2013, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Awards and Recognition

356 abstracts submission, 95 papers and 160 posters

Best poster

Third prize: Jimmy Lamo, Plant Breeder, NARO, Uganda (photo)

Title of poster: Improved screening protocol for grain-shattering train in rice

Second prize: Kossi Kpemoua, ITRA, Togo (photo)

Title of poster: Effectiveness of an innovation platform in managing rice disease in Togo

First prize: Simon Alibu, Agronomist, National Crops Resources Research Institute, Uganda (photo)

Title of poster: Does root cutting in seedlings before transplanting affect growth and yield of lowland rice?

Most promising young scientist

Ramziath Adjao, PhD candidate on Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. (photo)

Title of paper: The changing of Asian rice economy and its implications for the development of the rice subsector in West Africa

Best paper and presentation awards


Third prize: KassMessan Koussakana Dewa, Plant Breeder, ITRA, Togo (photo)

Title of paper: Participatory varietal selection in Togo: an approach being applied with a view to the rapid adoption of a new generation of high-performing varieties of upland and lowland rainfed-rice

Second prize: Alexander Wiredu, Economist, Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Ghana (photo)

Title of paper: Impact of NERICA adoption on incomes of rice producing households in norther Ghana

First prize: Kazuki Saito, Agronomist, Africa Rice Center. ( photo )

Title of paper: Did the recent global rice crisis enhance rice yield in Africa?


Outstanding rice entrepreneurs
10 Nominations from West and Central Africa

Malick Ndiaye, AGRITECH, Senegalese by nationality, Malick is highly respected agriculture engineer in West Africa. He is a former mechanization expert of WARDA (now AfricaRice). His company, AGRITECH, produces small scale machineries for rice farmers. He has trained hundreds of local manufacturers in 10 West African countries. He has collaborated with AfricaRice and other research institutions over the last 15 years. Because of his pioneering work, a thresher-cleaner based on an original design from IRRI has been adapted to African conditions. There are now hundreds of these thresher cleaners in Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Chad to name just a few countries. He is truly a worthy recipient of the outstanding rice entrepreneur award. He has also developed a first prototype of a mini combine harvester based on a design from PhilRice of the Philippines, now being tested in Mali and Senegal. This mini-combine harvester addresses harvest and post harvest problem that currently prevent double cropping of rice. (photo)


Seed Producer
Penda Cisse, FEPRODES, President of the West African Women Farmer’s Association (FEPRODES). It is composed of 346 farmer’s group. FEPRODES under the able leadership of Mme. Cisse. Supplies quality seed in West Africa. Recently, 1,000 tons of seeds were distributed within Senegal, Mauritania and Guine Bissau. She has worked with national research organization and AfricaRice since 1990 and has multiplied seeds of all popular Sahel varieties grown in Senegal and Mauritania. She is now stimulating women to go down the value chain line and produce quality rice of Dakar market. She is a leading and inspiring figure for women seed producers in West Africa. She is truly a worthy recipient of the outstanding rice entrepreneur award. (photo)

3rd Africa Rice Congress, 21-25 October 2013, Yaoundé, Cameroon


Awards and Recognition

PowerPoint Presentations


Cameroon: Central Africa’s potential rice granary

Daily Digest

23-24 Oct

Daily Digest No. 3

22 Oct

Daily Digest No. 2

21 Oct

Daily Digest No. 1







Exhibit Space



Advisory Committee

   Dr. Bas Bouman
   Prof. Adel El-Beltagy
   Prof. Isabelle Glitho
   Dr. Habib Ly 
   Dr. Paco Sereme
   Prof. Eric Tollens


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