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Transformation of Rice-based Agri-food Systems for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa

2030 Rice Research and Innovation Strategy for Africa

The 2030 Rice Research and Innovation Strategy for Africa takes into account the new realities, challenges and aspirations of stakeholders in the rice sector in Africa as well as the need to ensure compliance with the One CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy. It will guide action towards transforming rice-based agri-food systems to improve nutrition, health and food security, while also spurring economic growth. The strategy aims to build capacities to adapt to and mitigate climate change and maintain environmental health.

As an R4D center of excellence, AfricaRice will build on its expertise in rice seed conservation and use, and work with its national, regional and international partners to promote innovative rice breeding programs, crop management practices and seed systems. The approach aims to ensure that AfricaRice and its partner institutions will take a more holistic approach to addressing rice research challenges and endeavor to provide solutions in the context of a global research for development alliance.

While fully nested in One CGIAR 2030, the strategy remains unique in its design to respond to the challenges of rice-based agri-food systems in Africa. While fully aligned to national, regional and continental research for development (R4D) strategies, it aims to contribute positively to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially that of zero hunger (SDG 2).

It will facilitate strong public-private partnerships (PPPs) and build capacities to support the development and implementation of effective business models and thriving markets. AfricaRice has the credibility and capability to strengthen and broker relationships among a broad range of stakeholders, which will be a key route to success in ensuring that the transformation agenda delivers desired impacts.

As part of One CGIAR, AfricaRice will be able to attract additional financial and technical resources, which will assist member countries to achieve their goals. Key stakeholders will include the regional economic commissions and their technical arms, government ministries, private sector entrepreneurs, civil society, extension services and farmer cooperatives.

The new strategy has sought ownership from all categories of rice stakeholders in Africa to ensure that collective responsibilities are fully understood, and all stakeholders are dedicated to the effective transformation of rice-based agri-food systems for a healthier Africa.

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