The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an independent bilateral development institution that aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation and the sound development of the Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery, or economic stability of developing regions. It provides comprehensive technical cooperation, concessional loan, and grant assistance to around 150 developing countries.

JICA, in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, initiated the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) at the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 2008. CARD supports the efforts of member countries to develop more effective strategies for national rice development. Twenty-three African countries currently participate in CARD, which aims to double rice production from its inception to 2018, or in ten years. It also serves as a consultative group of donors, research institutions, and other organizations working with rice-producing African countries.


  • Publisher: International Rice Research Institute
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 2 pages

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