Improving access to rice seed and building a rice data systems for sub-Saharan Africa. [Japan Emergency project]

Published on 29 April 2010

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Timeline

Start Date: 1 April 2009 | End Date: 30 September 2010

Overview

This project contributes to the Emergency Rice Initiative and aims to boost rice production in 2010 and beyond through improved farmer access to quality registered and certified seed in 20 sub-Saharan countries (average 30t per country), thereby reducing rice imports and then averting the need for costly food relief actions. In each country, registered seed of improved rice varieties, including NERICAs will be produced, while contributing to the establishment of sustainable links between the public and private sector. The project will also collect, process and publish updated rice statistics and strengthen the capacity of national agricultural statistics services and agricultural research institutions to collect, process and analyze rice data, as well as to collect critical information needed to guide rice policy decisions, and monitor and assess the impacts of investments made in the domestic rice sector.

Research Partners

  • NARI - National Agricultural Research Institute
  • NARS

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