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Africa’s Rice Deficit

  • Demand for rice is increasing with growing populations, urbanization and changing culinary habits
  • Africa rice production is about 26.4 million tons of paddy or 17.3 million tons of milled rice.
  • Rice is grown in 38 African countries • But all the countries in Africa are net importers of rice
  • Rice yields are low, less than 3 t/ha (potential can be up to 15 t/ha)
  • Traditional agronomic practices also result in low productivity of rice.
  • Water management poses major challenges (from scarcity to poor drainage)