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Africa Rice Congress 2010 will have as its main theme: ‘Innovation and partnerships to realize Africa’s rice potential’. The Congress will bring together representatives from the public and private sector, civil society organizations, farmer associations and research and extension communities engaged in the development of Africa’s rice sector.

The Congress will take stock of advances in rice science and technology aimed at enhancing rice productivity in farmers’ fields, while protecting environmental services and coping with climate change. The Congress will also provide opportunity to discuss institutional innovations, policies and key investments needed to significantly increase rice production in sub-Saharan Africa, develop competitive and equitable rice value chains, reduce imports and enhance regional trade.

The Africa Rice Congress will be organized by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) under the distinguished patronage of the Malian Authorities.