Africa Rice
Genebank AfricaRice CIV039

AfricaRice is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. It is also an autonomous intergovernmental research association of African member countries.


Its mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment.

Modus Operandi

The modus operandi of the organization is partnership at all levels. Its research and development activities are conducted in collaboration with various stakeholders—primarily the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), academic institutions, advanced research institutions, farmers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, and donors—for the benefit of African farmers, mostly small-scale producers, as well as the millions of African families for whom rice means food.


AfricaRice’s headquarters is based in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. Research staff are also based in Senegal, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

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The crops conserved at AfricaRice

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Number of varieties available to the public
82% 16,371
Data available in genesys
98.3% 19,621
Safety duplicated
40.3% 8,046

Breakdown of crops conserved at AfricaRice

  • Rice 19,954 / 100%