Scenes from the 4-day sessions of Second Annual Meeting of the Africa
Rice Breeding Task Force held at AfricaRice, Cotonou, Benin, 24-27
Breeders from national agricultural research systems of 22 African countries, AfricaRice and the International Rice Research Institute met at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Africa Rice Breeding Task Force, Cotonou, Benin.
The objective of this Task Force is to accelerate the development and release of new rice varieties through multi-environment and multi- year trials of many promising breeding lines.
The Breeding Task Force has also been actively engaged in capacity development programs on breeding, experimental design, and germplasm database management for national researchers.
At this meeting, four days of intensive discussions led to identification of promising rice lines to advance in the screening process. The rice breeders are confident that in 2013 the first lines that have gone through this continent-wide screening process will be ready for release.
Photo credit : R.Raman, AfricaRice