31st Session of AfricaRice
Council of Ministers
to convene in Dakar, Senegal
The 31st Ordinary Session of the
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) Council of Ministers (CoM) will
convene, 25-27 September 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, under the
auspices of the CoM Chair, His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck,
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure of Senegal.
The highest governing body of AfricaRice is the Council of
Ministers consisting of ministerial level representatives
(ministers of agriculture or ministers of scientific research)
of all AfricaRice member countries. Statutory meetings of the
CoM are held once every two years. The current Chairmanship is
held by Senegal.
The full program will include the following events:
High-Level Ministerial (HLM)
Conference on Rice: The HLM Conference will be held on
25 September within the context of the Senegal Rice Day. The
HLM Conference will consist of ministerial panel discussions
on issues related to the improvement of the rice value chain
to accelerate rice self-sufficiency in Africa. The HLM
Conference is co-organized by the Government of Senegal,
African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for
Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, the African Development
Bank (AfDB), the African Regional Office of the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),
Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA), and AfricaRice.
The National Experts
Committee (NEC) Meeting: The NEC Meeting will be held on
26 September. The NEC, which comprises the Directors General
of the national agricultural research institutions of
AfricaRice member countries, is the technical advisory body
of the Council of Ministers. NEC will review all dossiers to
be tabled at the CoM and make recommendations to the CoM for
approval by resolution.
31st AfricaRice CoM Session:
The NEC Meeting will be followed by the 31st Session of
AfricaRice CoM on 27 September, which will examine the
technical report from the NEC and pass resolutions based on
the NEC recommendations.
Senegal Rice Day: The
Senegal Rice Day will include a one-week (24- 28 September)
exhibition on the rice value chain in Senegal and a science
forum on major themes relating to rice research for
development (R4D) addressing the issues of rice
self-sufficiency in Africa.
In addition to the 26 member
countries of AfricaRice, Mozambique and Kenya, are invited to
the 31st AfricaRice CoM Session. Special invitees for the HLM
Conference and the CoM inauguration include representatives of
AfricaRice donors and partners along the rice value chain as
well as the diplomatic corps.
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AfricaRice is a CGIAR Research Center –
part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future. It is
also an intergovernmental association of African member countries.
The Center was created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its
membership comprises 26 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, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau,
Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of
Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.
AfricaRice headquarters is based in Côte d’Ivoire. Staff are located in
Côte d’Ivoire and also in AfricaRice Research Stations in Benin,
Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Senegal. For more information
CGIAR is a global research partnership for a
food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty,
enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources
and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Centers
in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and
regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia,
development organizations and the private sector.