Research institution develops new drought-tolerant seed cultivars to boost food security in Ghana

GHANA - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) has unveiled new drought-tolerant seed varieties with an aim of improving food security in Ghana. The research institution has developed new maize, rice, soybean, sorghum and groundnut drought-tolerant seed varieties which SARI says their performance has been proven to be…

Kenya’s grain imports to increase as local production dwindles, says USDA

KENYA – Kenya’s imports of corn, wheat and rice are expected to increase in the 2019-20 marketing year as local supply of the commodities is projected to decline during the period. This is according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) recent report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).…

Ministry partners Japanese agency in project to boost rice production

GHANA- The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in Ghana, has partnered the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in a move to help rice farmers to scale up the production of quality local rice in the country. The partnership will be executed is under the “Sustainable Development of Rain-fed Lowland Rice Production phase II” project,…

RiceBran completes US$12m private placement led by strategic investors

USA - RiceBran Technologies, global leader in processed rice bran products has announced that it has completed a private placement valued at US$12 million led by strategic and institutional investors including Continental Grain Company, DG Capital and Dillon Hill Capital. It has made a private placement of 3,046,668 shares of common stock and a pre-funded…

Rwanda reduces rice prices to protect processing factories

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Trade and Industry has reduced rice farm-gate prices down to Rwf270 (US$0.3) for short grain rice and Rwf290 (US$ O.32) for long grain rice per kilogram in a bid to protect processing factories, repots New Times Rwanda. Cassien Karangwa, the Director of Domestic Trade at…

World Bank launches US$25m project to support Liberian farmers

LIBERIA -  The world bank has approved a US$25 million International Development Association (IDA) credit set to benefit over 17,500 smallholder farmers through Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) of Liberia. The Daily Observer reports that the funding is aimed at facilitating increased productivity of smallholder farmers for commercial purpose through the STAR-Project.…

Central Bank of Nigeria to compensate 550,000 rice farmers

NIGERIA – The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved compensation via loan for over 550,000 rice farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster, reports the Vanguard. RIFAN National President, Aminu Goronyo, revealed that CBN governor had directed that the loans should be restructured for a…

Rice brand Tilda launches US$1.72m Tidalicious advertising campaign

UK - Hain Celestial’s British rice brand Tilda has launched its biggest advertising campaign since it was launched over 45 years ago as part of a US$1.72 million investment. Called Tildalicious, the new TV creative, first aired on 20 October, seeks to bring to life the culinary journey of different Tilda rice grains through the…

IRRI to receive US$1.4m a year funding from Crop Trust to conserve rice varieties

SINGAPORE - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is set to receive US$1.4 million worth of funding from non-profit organization, Crop Trust in a partnership to ensure conservation and sharing of 136,000 varieties worldwide. The seeds, stored at IRRI’s high-tech facility in Los Baños, Philippines, will be used by scientists worldwide to develop improved rice…

IRRI opens regional office in Kenya to boost Africa’s rice productivity and sufficiency

KENYA - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has opened a new regional office in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to help Africa achieve self-sufficiency and productivity in rice production. The new regional hub hosted by CGIAR center, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will work in collaboration with AfricaRice to offer training and research services…