Research strategy to realize Africa’s tremendous rice potential unveiled

A product-oriented strategic plan presenting a clear vision of success to help Africa achieve almost 90 percent self-sufficiency in rice by year 2020 – with at least 10 countries projected to reach over 100 percent self-sufficiency – has just been unveiled by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice).
Despite significant increases in rice production in several African countries over the last few years, the continent imports nearly 40 percent of its rice requirements, which makes it highly exposed to international market shocks.
“Our new 10-year strategic plan shows clearly that rice sector development can become an engine for economic growth across the continent,” said AfricaRice Director General Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck.

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