Unmasking the socio-economic potential of rice in Burundi: Outcomes of the East Africa Rice Conference 2021

As part of the 2021 East African Rice Conference (EARC), national workshops were held in six African countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. EARC aimed to identify policy reforms to transform Africa’s rice sector through scientific innovations, and … Continue reading Unmasking the socio-economic potential of rice in Burundi: Outcomes of the East Africa Rice Conference 2021

Rice Production: ECOWAS steps up efforts to make the region rice self-sufficient by 2025

Demand for rice surpasses supply in most West African countries, forcing countries to import to make up for the deficit. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), its Member States, and partners are determined to reverse this unsustainable trend … Continue reading Rice Production: ECOWAS steps up efforts to make the region rice self-sufficient by 2025

Simultaneous editing of susceptibility genes in rice leads to disease resistance

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and partners used CRISPR-Cas9 technology to engineer broad-spectrum disease resistance on rice. The results of their study are published in the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. Rice blast and bacterial blight are two of the most … Continue reading Simultaneous editing of susceptibility genes in rice leads to disease resistance

Positioning Tanzania in the regional market for rice: Lessons from the East Africa Rice Conference

As part of the 2021 East African Rice Conference (EARC), national workshops were held in six African countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. EARC aimed to identify policy reforms to transform Africa’s rice sector through scientific innovations, and the national events provided an opportunity to assess such opportunities in each of the six countries, individually. In this blog, the fifth in our series on these national workshops, we reflect on the Tanzanian event. Continue reading Positioning Tanzania in the regional market for rice: Lessons from the East Africa Rice Conference

Ghana: Savannah Zone Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project to supply combine harvesters to rice farmers

The National Programme Coordinator of the Savannah Zone Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP), Mr Felix Ngmenkaara Darimaani, says a contract has been awarded for the supply of 10 harvesters to farmers. The SAPIP is implemented by the Ministry of Food … Continue reading Ghana: Savannah Zone Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project to supply combine harvesters to rice farmers

Grant us Access to Credit, Inputs to Avert Possible Rice Shortage – PFAG to Govt

The Head of Programs and Advocacy for the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has called on government to direct local banks to ensure full compliance in their provision of credit facilities to rice farmers. According to Charles Nyaaba, government … Continue reading Grant us Access to Credit, Inputs to Avert Possible Rice Shortage – PFAG to Govt