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TICAD 7 CARD Side Event

Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) Official Launching of 2nd phase

- Toward further doubling of rice production (56 million tons) in Sub-Saharan Africa - 

On 30th August, at La Vela, the Hotel InterContinental Yokohama Grand, in Yokohama, Japan, JICA and AGRA co-organizaed a launching event of CARD 2nd phase whose target is to re-double rice production in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. More than 160 people participated in the event.

In CARD phase 1, its target of ‘doubling rice production in 10 years’ was achieved in 2018. The rice consumption is continuously increasing at a much faster pace than the production, therefore CARD 2nd phase starts in 2019. The “RICE approach” (Resilience, Industrialization, Competitiveness, and Empowerment) is going to be promoted toward further doubling rice production.


The welcome greeting was delivered by Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President of JICA, followed by a congratulatory address by Mr. Tadahiko Ito, member of the House of Representatives, keynote speeches by Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, AUDA-NEPAD, Dr. Qu Dongyu, Director General, FAO, Mr. Ranarivelo Lucien Fanomezantsoa, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Republic of Madagascar, and Prof. Moussa Balde, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Republic of Senegal. They emphasized the importance of rice sector for food security and economic development. Furthermore a concept of CARD 2nd phase was introduced by the CARD Secretariat, with a short movie and slides highlighting the necessity of human resource development. 

At the presentation session, specific ideas of the RICE approach were shared by the presenters; AfricaRice expressed the necessity of innovative rice research and development, and the African Union Commission explained the sustainable agriculture mechanization. From the Japanese private sector, Kubota Corporation emphasized the effectiveness of agricultural mechanization based on their vast experiences, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation presented its value chain business in Africa and its contribution to betterment of farmers income. Furthermore, the idea of ‘Africa-Japan Innovation Center for Modernized Agriculture’ was introduced which was presented at the Public-Private business dialogue in the TICAD Plenary Session. 

A closing statement was delivered by Dr. George Bigirwa, Interim Vice President, AGRA who emphasized the importance of partnership with all stakeholders for achieving the target.






VIDEO "CARD Impact and Introduction of its Phase 2"

English version French version Japanese version






Opening Remarks


Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President, JICA


Welcome Speech


Hon. Tadahiko Ito, Member of Japan-African Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship Association, Member of the House of Representatives


Keynote Speeches


Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, AUDA-NEPAD


Dr. Qu Dongyu, Director General, FAO


Mr. Ranarivelo Lucien Fanomezantsoa, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Republic of Madagascar


Prof. Moussa Balde, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Republic of Senegal


Topic Presentations


Dr. Yusuke Haneishi, General Coordinator, CARD Secretariat


VIDEO "CARD Impact and introduction of its Phase 2"  [VIDEO (English)][VIDEO (French)][VIDEO (Japanese)]


"Partnership for Capacity Development under the CARD Phase 2"  [PDF (English)]


Dr. Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice Centre / Dr. Matthew Morell, Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)


“Rice research and development: Enhancing food security and resilience in Africa” [PDF (English)]


Prof. Afeikhena Jerome, Advisor to Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission


"A Framework for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa (F-SAMA): and its relevancy to rice production systems in Africa" [PDF (English)]


Mr. Yuichi Kitao, Representative Director and Executive Vice President, KUBOTA Corporation


“Agricultural Mechanization and Public-Private Partnership”  [PDF (English)]


Mr. Akira Wada, General Manager, Africa Planning Department, Africa Division, Toyota Tsusho Corporation


“Agri-Business Activities in Africa”  [PDF (English)]


Closing Remarks


Dr. George Bigirwa, Interim Vice President, AGRA


Moderator for the entire session: Mr. Hideya Yamada, Vice President, JICA