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In view of the growing importance of rice for Africa's food security and the strategic role played by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) in advising policymakers on this critical issue, national experts from 24 AfricaRice member countries urged the Center to continue its strong advocacy efforts for increased investments in the domestic rice sector to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This was one of the key recommendations made at the just-concluded meeting of the National Experts Committee (NEC), held in Cotonou, Benin. AfricaRice is a pan-African intergovernmental research association of African member countries. It is also a member of the Consortium of Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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Courtesy: PR-USA

Date: 29th September 2010