East Africa’s rice sector slated for growth following collaboration among industry players

EAST AFRICA – Rice demand in East Africa has been on the rise in the recent years, triggered by changing consumer preferences, urbanization, diminishing productivity of regional staples such as maize, and population growth. All the East Africa nations have the capability of producing rice but its local out-put is far below local demand, making the countries turn to imports from India, Pakistan, Thailand, United States and China in a bid to meet the balance. According to reports by USDA, Kenya’s rice production is estimated at 159,000 Metric Tonnes (MT)…

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Potential effects of COVID-19 pandemic on rice production, supply and prices

AFRICA – In Africa, rice has become the fastest growing staple food in the region, and with the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly affect rice supply and cause prices to fluctuate during and after the pandemic. According to a report by Africa Rice Center, rice consumption in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was projected to reach 35 million tons in 2020 before the COVID-19, out of which 15 million tons (43%) were to be imported from Asian countries. Some of these Asian countries have been hard-hit by the pandemic and the immediate impacts…

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PABRA, Africa Rice Center announced winners of the US$1m Al-Sumait Prize

AFRICA – The Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) in Kenya and the Africa Rice Center in Cote d’ivoire have emerged as the winners of the 2019 Al Sumait Prize for Africa Development award in the field of food security. The award recognizes best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives that have a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa. The Board of Trustees of the Al Sumait Prize said that it jointly awarded the two institutions with the US$1…

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