Roughly 14 million tons of rice is produced in Africa annually according to CCTV Africa. West African countries including Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria are top producers — and now researchers are working to convince more states to ramp up production. Last year the continent imported 12 million tons of rice. The Africa Rice Center is trying to lower figures, getting Africa’s rice imports down to 5 million tons by 2020.
“Within our research process, innovations are developed by other groups. But it’s up to our group to check out those technologies and demonstrate their advantages to the people,” Aminou Arouna, action group policy coordinator at Africa Rice said in the report.