Monday, September 26, 2011

Rice policy workshop

A workshop on the ‘Competitiveness of rice value chains after the rice crisis: Lessons from case studies’ was organized, on 25–26 September, as a side event after the 40th anniversary celebration in Banjul. Eighteen participants attended — representatives of national agricultural research programs and national statistical services from 11 countries, private sector, the African Union and AfricaRice.

The results presented by the various countries showed that, in general, local rice production systems are competitive and they make efficient use of domestic resources. But, in terms of incentives, not all the rice systems benefit from protection. In general, it is the upland rice ecology that seems to have higher domestic resource cost (DRC), showing that upland rice systems need more efficient technologies to boost performance.