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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, October 06, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


IRRI's Eastern and Southern Africa Plant Breeding Plans: 2016-2021 Challenges and Opportunities

Alexis Ndayiragije
Senior Scientist, Plant Breeding

Rice is an important strategic crop in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), which has experienced a rapid increase in consumption ( more than 20% increases for ESA from 2008-2015) vastly outstripping production capacity. Hence, there is a need for significant quantities of imported rice at a cost of more than USD 400 million for the region. In contrast, average rice yields in the region are less than 2 tons per ha due to the combined effects of high disease pressure in different ecologies and widespread drought and cold stresses. IRRI's breeding program for Eastern and Southern Africa is poised to address these constraints and contribute to greater productivity. This seminar will detail the breeding program in Eastern and Southern Africa, and discuss how we are going to overcome the problems mentioned and achieve our vision by developing ESA country-based product profiles, enhancing the breeding scheme and plant pathology strategies, as well as developing and forging strong partnerships throughout the region.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines