Thursday, March 14, 2013

Reflections on Rice R4D in Africa

A new Blog by Dr Marco Wopereis, Deputy Director General, AfricaRice that presents his reflections on rice R4D in Africa.

Dr Wopereis first blog piece "Average rice yields in sub-Saharan Africa jump after the rice crisis" has been just published.

“We were pleased to learn that paddy rice production in SSA increased by 2.8 million tonnes from 2000 to 2007, and then accelerated, increasing by 4.7 million tonnes in the period 2007–2012,” said Dr Wopereis.

“But what’s more important, the analysis revealed that average rice yield in SSA increased by about 11 kg per ha per year from 1961 to 2007 and by a spectacular 108 kg per ha per year from 2007 to 2012, despite drought and floods in several African countries in 2011 and 2012.” 

For more information on this analysis, visit Dr Wopereis' Blog @