line with the decision of the Board of Trustees of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), most headquarters functions have been officially transferred from Cotonou, Benin to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, as part of a multi-phase return of the Center from its temporary to its permanent headquarters in Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and the other members of the executive management committee along with support staff are now operating from Abidjan.
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire has generously offered AfricaRice a building in Abidjan to house the new headquarters in recognition of the pan-African status of the Center.
AfricaRice’s 700-hectare research station at M’bé, near Bouake, is the Center’s principal research station. A phased return of most of the research activities from Cotonou is planned.
AfricaRice is a pan-African intergovernmental association of 25 African member states in West, Central, North and East Africa. AfricaRice is also one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium.
AfricaRice staff members operate from Côte d’Ivoire and also from AfricaRice regional and country research stations in Benin, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.