Stream A - Rice Research & Development
19 May 2021
Virtual | East Africa Time (GMT+3)
13:30 - 15:00
Starting with the Green Revolution, mechanization of rice production and improving traditional postharvest practices have been very successful in Asia. Land preparation in most Asian countries is fully mechanized and combine harvesting is being introduced at rapid speed in recent years. In Africa attempts to mechanize, undertaken using different evolving paradigms, were less successful, and in some cases resulted in machinery graveyards and in others in stagnation of adoption of machines. While in 1960 Sub-Saharan Africa had a higher tractor population than all other developing-country regions, it has now only as many tractors as Thailand alone *.
About the presenter
15:00 - 16:30
In Uganda, its domestic consumption has been growing steadily with the change in food culture, and the gap between domestic production and domestic consumption has been increasing like other African countries. In this context, the Government of Uganda requested the Japanese government to provide support in the rice sector and the Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) started the assistance in rice sector since 2004. JICA, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), established the base for research and training for rice at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) which is one of research institutes under National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in the suburbs of Kampala, and started technical support for the rice sector in Ugandan, especially for upland NERICA. In 2011, Regional Rice Research and Training Center (RRRTC) was established within NaCRRI through Japanese grant aid scheme. JICA implemented the Promotion of Rice Development Project Phase 1 from 2012 to 2019 based on the RRRTC and 2nd phase is in progress from 2019 under collaboration with MAAIF and NARO.
About the presenter
Dr. Jiro Nozaka is currently the Chief Advisor for the Promotion of Rice Development Project Phase 2 (PRiDe II), which is the technical cooperation project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). PRiDe II Project has the base at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), one of the national institutes under NARO, and supporting three major components, i.e., research, quality seed production, and training and extension under the linkage between research and extension. He has been involved in technical cooperation activities especially in Africa over 30 years. He has been the advisor to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) in Kenya (15 years), Irrigation Advisor and Technical Service Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Tanzania (4 years), and Agriculture and Rural Development Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Zambia (3 years), and Agricultural Planning Advisor to MAAIF in Uganda (4 years).
The presentation highlights the activities of the centre of excellence in relation to the core objective of its establishment, the achievement to date; sustainability issues for R&D, the challenges faced and suggested ways of overcoming them. Finally, the presenter suggests way forward for increasing collaboration and knowledge sharing and deployment of technologies and innovation across the region.
About the presenter
Dr. Atugonza Bilaro is the Centre Manager at TARI Ifakara which is the national rice research coordination centre. He is a plant breeder specializing in rice and maize with over 10 years in the industry. He has released a number of varieties as lead or member of the team. Having attended mentorship programs at CIMMYT, JICA, and IRRI, he also dedicates his time to undertake mentorship programs for upcoming breeders in the country.