Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) is a constructive group of bilateral and multilateral donors and African/international institutions. It was established by Japan Inter-national Cooperation Agency (JICA), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) at the margin of the Fourth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICARD IV) in May 2008.
The aim of CARD is to double the rice production in ten years from 14 million tons in 2008 thereby closing the demand-supply gap and contribution to the food security in the continent, the CARD Initiative tries to promote more dialogues among partners interested in the rice development in Africa so that their interventions improve both in quantity (resources allocated) and quality (more coordination). The current research and development organizations involved in CARD include AGRA, NEPAD, FARA, FAO, WARDA, IRRI, JIRCAS and JICA, CARD work in collaboration with 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
FARA is playing a key role in the steering committee of CARD it participates in the implementation of the EC-IFAD supported project on Scaling up of Agricultural Mechanization Platform in the Rice Based System. Within the project FARA have the responsibility to facilitate an inter-continental public-private sector partnership on agricultural mechanization using rice as an entry point under the GFAR-FARA umbrella. The success of this platform is expected to lead to the establishment of similar platforms for other commodities in Africa.