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New video on AfricaRice GEM rice parboiling technology
Description: A video on the improved GEM parboiling rice system, which has started to make a difference in the lives of over 450 women rice parboilers in the Glazoué rice hub in Benin, has been produced. AfricaRice has developed and established the GEM system in Glazoué using an innovation platform approach along the rice value chain thanks to the project "Support to Agricultural Research for strategic crops in Africa" (SARD-SC) with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB). Appropriate training has allowed women to explore the GEM method and its advantages that include the following: • Reduction of post-harvest losses; • Parboiling a large quantity of rice in a limited period of time; and • Improving the quality of rice that better meets consumer demands. The innovation platform approach has promoted the creation of good business relations between the various stakeholders in the rice value chain by bringing together all the stakeholders. As a result, rice consumers are progressively being attracted to the locally produced parboiled rice in Glazoué, leading to increase in incomes of women parboilers. In addition to the beneficiaries from Glazoué rice hub, the training included women processors from Malanville in northern Benin and 10 young entrepreneurs. This video is produced by AfricaRice and SARD-SC.
  22 Dec 2015   9m34s 4 774 0

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AfricaRice teaser video : Transforming lives and livelihoods in Africa
Description: Transforming lives and livelihoods in Africa AfricaRice produces improved rice varieties, sustainable farming practices, policy options and new knowledge that are transforming lives of smallholder farmers in Africa. Over 2,700 tons of improved seed have been distributed by AfricaRice and its partners to more than 200,000 vulnerable farmers in 27 African countries through Emergency rice projects carried out between 2013 and 2015. Adoption of New Rice for Africa (NERICA) varieties has lifted about 8 million people out of poverty in 16 African countries and farmers’ incomes in Senegal have increased by about $227 per hectare by using ‘Sahel’ varieties. Smallholder farmers in 18 African countries have access to nearly 90 high-yielding varieties, including 12 Advanced Rice for Africa (ARICA) varieties that are tolerant to environmental stresses. In 2016, over 19,000 farmers in Nigeria and Mali received fertilizer recommendations generated by “RiceAdvice” app that can increase rice yield by 20% and profit margin by $200 per hectare. Farmers in Benin and Togo were able to raise rice yields under rainfed conditions from 1.5-2 tons to 3.5-4.5 tons per hectare using ‘Smart-valleys’ approach. GEM rice parboiling system is improving the livelihood of more than 2000 rural women in Benin and Nigeria, who were trained in 2015 and 2016 in the efficient use of the technology. AfricaRice is helping establish innovation platforms within Rice Sector Development Hubs in Africa, to strengthen links among rice value chain actors and identify business opportunities. AfricaRice promotes small-scale machinery for labor-intensive activities and has trained over 100 artisans in 24 countries to build 270 ‘ASI’ threshers for a turnover of $1,350,000 in 2015 and 2016. Pioneering research by AfricaRice on experimental auctions and value chain development shows that high quality local rice can outcompete imported rice. AfricaRice is adopting a new strategy to professionalize the full range of actors along the rice value chain, with a special focus on women and youth. AfricaRice has developed an integrated research-development business model of the rice value chain to accelerate the achievement of rice self-sufficiency in Africa. Video by Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  21 Jun 2017   2m29s 1 44 0
AfricaRice teaser vidéo : Transformer les vies et les moyens de subsistance en Afrique
Description: Transformer les vies et les moyens de subsistance en Afrique AfricaRice met au point des variétés de riz améliorées, des pratiques agricoles durables, des options politiques et de nouvelles connaissances qui transforment les vies des petits producteurs en Afrique. Entre 2013 et 2015, à travers des projets d’urgence sur le riz, plus de 2 700 tonnes de semences améliorées ont été distribuées par AfricaRice et par ses partenaires à plus de 200 000 producteurs vulnérables dans 27 pays africains. L’adoption des variétés NERICA a sorti de la pauvreté près de 8 millions de personnes dans 16 pays africains, et les revenus des producteurs au Sénégal ont augmenté de près de 227 $ par hectare avec l’utilisation des variétés « Sahel ». Les petits producteurs dans 18 pays africains ont accès à près de 90 variétés à haut rendement, dont 12 variétés de riz avancées pour l’Afrique (ARICA) qui sont tolérantes aux stress environnementaux. En 2016, plus de 19 000 producteurs au Nigeria et au Mali ont reçu des recommandations sur les engrais, générées par l’application « RiceAdvice », qui peuvent accroître les rendements rizicoles de 20 % et la marge bénéficiaire de 200 $ par hectare. En utilisant l’approche « Smart Valleys », les producteurs du Bénin et du Togo ont été en mesure d’augmenter les rendements rizicoles en condition pluviale qui passent de 1,5-2 tonnes par hectare à 3,5-4,5 tonnes par hectare. Le Système GEM d’étuvage du riz améliore les moyens d’existence de plus de 2 000 femmes rurales au Bénin et au Nigeria qui ont été formées en 2015 et en 2016 à l’utilisation efficiente de la technologie. AfricaRice participe à la création de plateformes d’innovations au sein des pôles de développement du secteur rizicole en vue de renforcer les liens entre les acteurs de la chaîne de valeur du riz et d’identifier les opportunités d’affaires. AfricaRice promeut la petite mécanisation pour les activités nécessitant une main-d’œuvre importante, et a formé plus de 100 artisans dans 24 pays pour fabriquer 270 batteuses « ASI » pour un chiffre d'affaires de 1 350 000 $ en 2015 et en 2016. Les travaux de recherche pionniers d’AfricaRice sur les ventes aux enchères expérimentales et le développement de la chaîne de valeur montrent que le riz local de qualité peut supplanter le riz importé. AfricaRice adopte une nouvelle stratégie pour professionnaliser l'ensemble des acteurs de la chaîne de valeur du riz, en mettant tout particulièrement l'accent sur les femmes et les jeunes. AfricaRice a mis au point un modèle intégré d’activités de recherche pour le développement en vue d’accélérer l’atteinte de l’autosuffisance en riz en Afrique. Video by Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  21 Jun 2017   2m29s 2 22 0
AfricaRice: Rice Science at the Service of Africa
Description: Rice has long been a popular food for some countries in Africa, such as Egypt, where rice yield is one of the highest in the world; Senegal, where the national dish is a delicious combination of rice and fish called ‘chubu jen’; and Madagascar, which has one of the highest per capita consumption of rice in the world. Rice consumption in Africa is growing faster than that of any other major staple. It is West Africa’s single most important source of dietary energy and the third most important for sub-Saharan Africa. Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  12 May 2017   10m2s 2 95 0
AfricaRice : la science rizicole au service de l’Afrique
Description: Le riz a longtemps été un aliment populaire pour certains pays d'Afrique, dont l'Égypte, où le rendement du riz est l'un des plus élevés au monde, le Sénégal, où le plat national est le riz au poisson appelé «thiebou djenne» et Madagascar, qui a l'une des plus fortes consommation de riz par habitant dans le monde. La consommation de riz en Afrique augmente plus rapidement que celle de tout autre aliment de base. C'est la source d'énergie alimentaire la plus importante de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et la troisième plus importante pour l'Afrique subsaharienne. Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  12 May 2017   10m2s 1 56 0
Malanville Innovation Platform (IP) in Benin - Modern rice parboiling unit
Description: Malanville Innovation Platform (IP) in Benin - Modern rice parboiling unit
  02 May 2017   10m23s 1 26 0
Plateforme d'innovation de Malanville -- Complexe moderne d'etuvage de riz
Description: Plateforme d'innovation de Malanville -- Complexe moderne d'etuvage de riz
  02 May 2017   10m6s 1 27 0
Rice Innovation Platform - GEM parboiling technology
Description: Rice Innovation Platform - GEM parboiling technology Nasarawa-Benue, Rice Hub, Lafia, Nasarawa, Nigeria
  02 May 2017   13m38s 1 42 0
RiceAdvice: Decision support tool by AfricaRice for African rice farmers
Description: What is RiceAdvice? RiceAdvice is a decision support tool for providing farmers with field-specific management guidelines for rice production systems in Africa. It is an interactive tool, and the guidelines are generated based on farmers' answers to multiple choice questions on crop management practices and market. Expected users include farmers, extension workers, private rice sectors, development agencies in Africa who are interested in advice for rice production. RiceAdvice can be used on Android devices (version 4.0.3 and up), such as smart phones and tablet computers. Although RiceAdvice can be largely used without any internet connection, an active connection is required from time to time to be able to synchronize information with the database server. RiceAdvice is a free decision support application (app) for providing farmers with field-specific management guidelines. It is an interactive tool, which generates the recommendations based on farmers’ answers to around 20 questions including: • Location • Season • Rice growing environment • Water supply level • Crop management practices • Rice variety • Typical rice yield • Crop rotation • Organic input • Fertilizer which farmers already have • List of fertilizers available in the local market and their price • Paddy price Who can use it and where? Farmers, extension workers, private sector, and development agencies having smartphone or tablet with android device (version 3.0 and up). Target conditions are irrigated and favorable rainfed rice. Not recommended to use in locations where drought/flooding risk is high. Currently RiceAdvice is available for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo and Uganda. Please check the locations on the map available at to check where RiceAdvice has been tested. It is noted that field testing was not completed in all the countries above. In those countries and locations which RiceAdvice was not tested, do not use this tool for your field or farmers’ fields before its validation. If you are willing to test the tool by yourself or with farmers, please contact us (email to ). Guidance RiceAdvice website: RiceAdvice in Google play: RiceAdvice Installation Guide: Further help with using RiceAdvice, please send an email to For more information, please contact Dr Kazuki Saito. Video credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R. Raman, AfricaRice
  21 Apr 2017   1m36s 1 122 0
RiceAdvice : Un outil d'aide à la décision par AfricaRice pour les riziculteurs africains
Description: RiceAdvice est un outil Android d'aide à la décision de pré saison fournissant aux agriculteurs des lignes directrices spécifiques de gestion culturale pour les systèmes de production rizicole en Afrique. C’est un outil interactif, et les lignes directrices sont générées sur la base des réponses des agriculteurs à des questions à choix multiples sur leurs pratiques culturales et le marché. Les utilisateurs potentiels sont des agriculteurs, des agents de vulgarisation, des acteurs du secteur privé ou des agences de développement en Afrique qui sont intéressés par des conseils pour la production rizicole. RiceAdvice peut être utilisé sur des appareils Android (version 4.0.3 ou versions ultérieures). Bien que RiceAdvice puisse être largement utilisé sans connexion Internet, une connexion active est nécessaire de temps en temps afin de synchroniser les informations avec le serveur de la base de données. Vidéo credit : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  20 Apr 2017   1m37s 0 27 0
Manual rotary dibbler by AfricaRice
Description: Introduction of a newly developed seeder that can help reduce labor inputs for crop establishment. For more information, please visit Rice ehub:
  20 Feb 2017   1m43s 2 229 0
Africa needs AfricaRice expertise and innovations : Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers
Description: During his first visit to AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E.Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, stated that AfricaRice has a historic responsibility to help its member countries achieve rice self-sufficiency. In August 2016, Senegal took over the chairmanship of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, which is the supreme governing body of AfricaRice. The Center is an intergovernmental association of 26 African member countries. It is also a CGIAR Research Center – part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future. The main objective of Dr Seck’s visit to AfricaRice was to participate in the handover ceremony, where he received documents relating to the chairmanship. Extending a warm welcome to him, AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley said, “This is a great honor for AfricaRice as it is not customary for the Chair of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers to visit, but this shows Dr Seck’s special bond with the Center.” Before being appointed as the Senegal Minister for Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Dr Seck was AfricaRice Director General from 2006 to 2013. Addressing the AfricaRice staff, Dr Seck said, “Rice has become a strategic crop for Africa and the continent will continue to depend on AfricaRice to address major rice challenges as individual countries do not have such capacity.” “Agriculture is truly an instrument for transformation and AfricaRice is strengthening the food security of millions of Africans through its research,” Dr Seck added. He highlighted that Africa’s rice (paddy) production is expected to reach a record of more than 29 million tons in 2016, a 4 percent increase over last year’s production. Giving the example of Senegal’s recent success in rice production, Dr Seck remarked, “Thanks to improved technologies developed by AfricaRice, rice is now being produced throughout the country, whereas traditionally rice was produced only in the northern part of the country and a little bit in the South.” He explained that AfricaRice scientists in close association with their national partners are directly or indirectly contributing to the structural transformation of agriculture in Senegal and the rest of Africa. Dr Seck urged the member countries, which are benefiting from AfricaRice technologies, to honor their obligations. He also called for strong support for the Center from the African regional economic communities and international donors. “Support to the rice sector in Africa is vital because the continent will be the world’s future rice granary.” During the visit, Dr Seck and AfricaRice Director General Dr Roy-Macauley met with the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly to thank him and the government for all the support to the Center. Recommendations were made to further strengthen the collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire and the Center. They also met with the Ivorian Minister of African Integration H.E. Mr Ally Coulibaly. Dr Seck thanked the Minister for the relentless efforts made by him and his team to facilitate the payment of the contribution promised by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to AfricaRice for the relocation from Benin to Côte d’Ivoire. Plans were made to further strengthen the collaboration. Dr Seck’s visit also included a meeting with Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. Dr Adesina emphasized that AfricaRice should lead the process of transforming the rice sector in the continent and develop a comprehensive plan with African countries for continental rice self-sufficiency. Dr Seck had working sessions with the AfricaRice Director General and his team to develop a road map for his 2-year term as CoM Chair. Before concluding his visit, Dr Seck declared, “I am very confident about AfricaRice’s future and I have great faith in Dr Roy-Macauley’s leadership and his dedicated staff.” Video : Savitri Mohapatra, R.Raman, AfricaRice
  21 Dec 2016   13m55s 1 131 0
AfricaRice calls for vigilance over poor quality imported rice into African countries
Description: Statement by AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley on the urgent need for vigilance over poor quality imported rice into African countries.
  07 Jun 2016   9m15s 1 220 0