Welcome to the website of the TriLat Initiative on Stable Rice Supply in sub-Saharan Africa!

From July 25 to 27, Bobo-Dioulasso was hosting the Second TriLat Meeting on Stable Rice Supply in sub-Saharan Africa, supported by a grant from the Agence Inter-établissements de Recherche pour le Développement (AIRD), France, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany.

This trilateral initiative is coordinated by Dr Ralf KOEBNIK, (IRD Montpellier, UMR 186 "Résistance des Plantes aux Bioagresseurs" (France), Dr Jens BOCH, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), and Dr Léonard S. OUÉDRAOGO, INERA Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).

Second TriLat Meeting on Stable Rice Supply, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, July 25-27, 2011

After the First TriLat Meeting, which was hold in Montpellier in June, the six-countries TriLat consortium (France, Germany, Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Togo) met for a second time to strenghten the North-South partnership against the most devastating bacterial diseases of rice which are caused by strains of Xanthomonas oryzae.

The first two days were used to familiarize ourselves with the situation in sub-Saharan Africa, as exemplified by Burkina Faso. At the beginning, welcome notes of the Regional Director of INERA, Dr Jacob SANOU, of the President of the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso, Prof Hamidou BOLY, and of the Technical Advisor from the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Dr Siaka KONÉ, were addressed. Unfortunately, nobody from the IRD representations in Burkina Faso found the time to accept our invitation.
In the afternoon of the first day, several new members of the consortium presented their research projects (see below). The second day was devoted to a prospection of the rice-growing region of Karfiguéla. During the first two days, we visited four institutions in and around Bobo-Dioulasso:

The third day was used to discuss several aspects of the project in five task groups, followed by a round table discussion. This very stimulating and fruitful meeting served in an excellent way to prepare a grant proposal which will be submitted to AIRD and BMBF by the end of August 2011.



  • Jens BOCH (Germany)
  • Sébastien CUNNAC (France)
  • Daouda DIARRA (Mali)
  • Gustave DJEDATIN (Benin)
  • Lionel GAGNEVIN (France)
  • Honoré KAM (Burkina Faso)
  • Ralf KOEBNIK (France)
  • Ousmane A. KOITA (Mali)
  • Kossi E. KPEMOUA (Togo)
  • Marie-Noëlle NDJIONDJOP (Benin)
  • Léonard S. OUÉDRAOGO (Burkina Faso)
  • Barbara REINHOLD-HUREK (Germany)
  • Ambaliou SANNI (Benin)
  • Soungalo SARRA (Mali)
  • Drissa SILUÉ (Benin)
  • Irénée SOMDA (Burkina Faso)
  • Valérie VERDIER (France)
  • Elisabeth ZIDA (Burkina Faso)


  • Research projects
    • Marie-Noëlle NDJIONDJOP: Overview of the AfricaRice Biotechnology Unit activities with link to modern breeders PDF-File [2174 K]
    • Drissa SILUÉ: The AfricaRice Plant Pathology - Bacteriology PDF-File [148 K]
    • Daouda DIARRA: Organisations paysannes à l'Office du Niger PDF-File [301 K]
    • Elisabeth ZIDA: Plant pathology research on cereals and facilities at INERA Kamboinsé PDF-File [837 K]
    • Gustave DJEDATIN: Rice resistance to bacterial blight in Africa - implication of QTLs PDF-File [756 K]
    • Honoré KAM: Tapping Burkina Faso rice landrace collection against RYMV Strain typing and characterization PDF-File [469 K]
  • Task groups


Latest update of content: August 16, 2011

Ralf Koebnik
Institut de recherche pour le dèveloppement
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