Africa Rice Center

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Africa Rice Center (WARDA) "is an autonomous intergovernmental research association of African member states. It is also one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

"It was created by Constitution in 1970 by 11 West African countries with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Until end September 2007, it comprised 17 member states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. On 28 September 2007, four more countries joined WARDA: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Uganda. The number of WARDA member states went up from 17 to 21.

"It was constituted as the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA)—a name that it carried until 2003 when it was designated by the WARDA Council of Ministers as the Africa Rice Center in recognition of its increasing and leading role in rice R&D in SSA.

"Its mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment." [1]

Donors [2]


Accessed December 2007: [3]

  • Gaston Grenier - (Chair of the Board)
  • Clementine L. Dabire - (Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Nominating Committee), Docteur-es-sciences Laboratoire d’entomologie agricole de Kamboinsé
  • Bamba Gue - Association Ivoirienne des Sciences Agronomiques (AISA)
  • Remi Pochat - (Chair of the Audit Committee), Directeur scientifique Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées (LCPC)Paris, France
  • Emmanuel Owusu-Bennoah - (Chair of Programs Committee ), Director General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Kiyoaki Maruyama - Vice President of National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and Director General of National Agricultural Research Center (NARC)
  • Tsedeke Abate - P.O. Box 359, Nazareth, Ethiopia
  • Barbara Becker - Executive Manager, Swiss Centre for International Agriculture (ZIL)
  • Getachew Engida - Deputy Assistant Director General for Administration and Comptroller UNESCO,
  • Adama Traore - Research Director and Executive Secretary, National Committee on Agricultural Research (CNRA),
  • Papa A. Seck - (Director General, ex officio)



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About Us, Africa Rice Center, accessed December 9, 2007.
  2. Donors, Africa Rice Center, accessed December 9, 2007.
  3. Trustees, Africa Rice Center, accessed December 9, 2007.