FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING OF REGIONAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE (COE) FOR AFRICAN SUB-GROUP 2 FOR RICE “ACCELERATING RICE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA"
Growth in rice production has slowed significantly and has been outstripped by population growth over the past decade. Climate change is making the situation worse. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that the climate is changing. It is not a question of if but is simply a matter of how far the global temperatures will increase and by what period. Despite our best efforts at mitigation, we have to be prepared to adapt to the adverse effects of rising global temperature. Heat stress and more frequent climate extremes will be a threat to rice crops and this can lead to a significant loss in rice yield and production. If we fail to take action, rice prices could increase by more than 30% by 2050, as estimated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
By the OIC Plan of Action for Development of Strategic Commodities (wheat, rice, and cassava), the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) has commenced its activities on the establishment of Centers of Excellence in the key regions of OIC member states. The IOFS CoE for Africa Group 2 is established in the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA) of the Republic of Senegal and comprises Chad, Uganda, Mali, Cameroon, the Gambia.
The purpose of the meeting is to unify and share best practices in rice production and improvement by estimating the role of applied science and technologies in agriculture, as well as the role of commodities in the daily diet and ensuring food security in the member countries.
The Meeting aims to gather eminent experts with key stakeholders, gain knowledge and experience from the relevant international organizations and leading research institutions on different aspects of rice production, as well as to promote international cooperation in the field of rice crops.
This Meeting will cover the following areas:
- The current challenge, technological innovations in countries level;
- Local Action for Regional Solutions. (International agencies)
Format: Online (Zoom platform)
Date: 30 November 2021, 16.00 – 19.00 hrs (Nursultan time, Kazakhstan)
Language of the Meeting: English (interpretation into French);
Participants: The conference will be open to all registered participants of OIC Member States.
Other organizational matters can be clarified by the IOFS focal point: Dr. Shahlo Atabayeva, email: email@example.com: tel.: +7 7172 99 99 00 (office); mob.: +7 707 948 6601 (WhatsApp)