advances more and more to become the staple food crop in East
Africa. A positive effect of climate change is that high altitude
regions formerly ill-suited for rice production offer now a seasonal
window with thermal environments allowing the production of
irrigated rice. However, little is known about the adaptations
required for the system and for the varieties to fit the
environment. Particularly cold stress during early seedling growth
and during flowering and grain filling constitute a challenge to the
genotypes. In addition nutrient management needs to be adapted to
the uptake and assimilation capacities of the genotypes grown under
these conditions to maximize nutrient use efficiency. The ultimate
goal of the project is to develop a smart phone based application to
advice farmers on crop management strategies for these environments.
RiceAdvice idea - The development of a smart phone based
application to advice farmers on crop management strategies for high
altitude irrigated rice production.
goal - maximize
achievable yields in irrigated rice in high altitude systems through
selection of climate smart rice varieties and minimizing water and
purpose - enable farmers to successfully grow rice in high
altitude systems and thus diversify the production system, improve
farmers livelihoods and increase food security.
is financed by BMZ, the project leadership is located at the
Africa Rice Center, Ivory Coast. Partners in the project are the
University of Hohenheim, Germany, EIAR, Ethiopia, FOFIFA, Madagascar,
and RAB, Rwanda.