West Africa Rice Development Association

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West Africa Rice Development Association

Also called WARDA. An international organization that conducts academic and scientific research to promote the development of rice cultivation. WARDA primarily benefits small farmers in West Africa. It works with governments, universities and other organizations in conducting its activities. It was established in 1971.
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In a press statement released by The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), its Council of Ministers (CoM) has unanimously approved the application of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to join the Center, at the 30th CoM held in Kampala, Uganda, 22-23 August 2016, held under the chairmanship of Hon.
For example, in Nigeria, Maslaha Seeds was launched in 2006 and produced only about 600 tons of seed in its first year, mostly for high-yield rice - such as the popular New Rice for Africa (NERICA) developed by the Africa Rice Center - and for a type of high-yield maize known as a hybrid.
The Africa Rice Center formerly known as, West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) has developed a hybrid species of rice known as NERICA--New Rice for Africa--by crossing African and Asian rice varieties.
Nwanze was Director-General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Africa Rice Center for a decade, where he was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant variety developed specifically for the African landscape.
Major organization : AFRICA RICE CENTER (AFRICARICE)
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