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).
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.
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.
Latest update of content: August 16, 2011