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7th rice-Africa, International Conference on Rice for Food, Market and Development, Abuja-Nigeria July 9-11, 2019

Rice-Africa is a Pan-African conference, which is being held annually in Africa, brings rice stakeholders (from the field to folk) together to create the needed synergy to support the rice industry. The conference is establishing itself as Africa largest and most international; rice promoters’ capacity building event with large delegates from all over the world. At the same time, the conference serves as a forum for all stakeholders engaged in rice production, processing, marketing, support service on the African continent.

The event is under the patronage of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria and organized by Rice Africa working Group Nigeria and Leap Domiciliaries Ltd.


The aim is to maximize the consumption of locally processed rice in Africa and enhancing sustainable livelihood.

The conference will bring together all the relevant stakeholders in the rice sector and discussed issues affecting the value chain from field to folk and how the public an private sectors should respond through regional collaboration.

The 7th rice-Africa Congress will consolidate on the achievements of the previous rice-Africa Congresses and focus on practical steps to rice value chain approaches to increase the market for locally processed rice in Africa by increasing the volume, improving quality and developing new market channels through creating access to finance, introducing improved processing techniques, initiating effective marketing and distribution channels.

The Congress which will hold on July 9-11, 2019 at Conference Hall, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Maitama, Abuja, will equally feature an exhibition by rice promoters and as well provide an avenue for stakeholders in the rice sector to interact for the desired business deals for development.

 rice-Africa 2019 conference and Exhibition will provide a forum for representatives from the public and private sectors including researchers, traders, processors, farmers, finance/banks, service providers, and manufacturers of rice production equipment, policy makers, and scientists. Delegates will discuss the latest approaches to rice-value chain development, rice innovations, future technologies, trade issues, financing, and policies that will define the future role of rice for food and development.

rice-Africa, international conference2019 is certainly the target destination for Africa’s agricultural decision-makers and practitioners in governments, public and private agriculture and corporate HRD. The event offers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the latest activities and achievements from the rice industry.

An attractive range of Plenary and Parallel Sessions, as well as Panel Discussions, will determine the two conference days. Also, in series of Workshops and Seminars, Participants will be offered the opportunity to learn a new skill, enhance their knowledge or gather information about a specific topic. Not only are such activities excellent opportunities in themselves but they are also extremely valuable networking activities in their own right. These are either full –or half day events and the number of participants is limited. We recommend you register as soon as possible, as places for these are limited.

The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition and Lunch Symposia presenting the latest developments, services and innovative systems.

We should be pleased to count you amongst our participants at this important event and look forward to welcome you in Abuja in July, 2019.

Assoc. Prof. Edwin E. Idu   (Team Leader)


Note: Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation to enable them to make their arrangements to participate in rice-Africa2019 may contact the rice-Africa2019 conference secretariat at


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Adopting the system of rice intensification (SRI) in Tanzania

Farmer visit to SRI plot in Mlimba village, Mlimba, Morogoro, TZ, village

Farmer visit to SRI plot in Mlimba village, Mlimba, Morogoro, TZ, village. Photo by Erika Styger

The demand of water for irrigation purposes in Tanzania outstrips the amount of water available for irrigation and other demands. On the other hand, the demand for more food to feed the growing population is increasing, calling for the need to have technologies and farming practices that ensure more food production while minimizing water uses. Rice is among cereal crops grown in Tanzania, and it can assist in meeting the food demand for the nation. Majority of rice producers in Tanzania and Sub-Saharan Africa(SSA) are subsistence farmers and they practice continuous flooding, a technique that requires much water. In addition to using large amounts of water, the conventional practices of growing paddy using local varieties transplanting process are implemented when seedlings are more than 21 days old, and 3-4 seedlings are transplanted in one hole. This practice results in low yields, and low water productivity and water use efficiency. The system of rice intensification (SRI) on the other hand, is a promising new practice of growing paddy rice that has proven to be very effective in saving water and increasing rice yields in many parts of the world. SRI practice is spreading fast and it has been adopted in many countries. The SRI practice has been introduced in Tanzania during the last 3 years as such it is not widely practiced. This paper reviews SRI practice at global, regional and country (Tanzania) level, and evaluates the challenges, opportunities and implications for its adoption in Tanzania. Knowledge gaps at each level have been identified and discussed as well as suggestions for researchable areas.

Katambara, Zacharia, Kahimba. Frederick C. Mahoo, Henry F. Mbungu, Winfred B. Mhenga, Fikiri. Reuben, Paul. Maugo, Muyenjwa. Nyarubamba, Anthon. Adopting the system of rice intensification (SRI) in Tanzania: A review.

A Study of the African White Rice Stem Borer at Mwea Irrigation Scheme in Central Kenya.

The African white rice stem borer (Maliarpha separatella Ragonot) is a major pest of rice in Kenya. To understand and develop appropriate management packages, its population dynamics were studied at Mwea irrigation scheme in Central Kenya. This was for two wet and two dry periods. Farmer fields located in different parts of the scheme and outside the scheme were sampled every fortnight. Farms sampled represented five water provision schedules (System of Rice intensification (SRI), rain fed, flood irrigated, sporadic irrigation, and fallow period). Five planting regimes (on season, off season double cropping, ratoon, and late planting) and three management styles (controlled by National Irrigation Board (N.I.B), not controlled by N.I.B and out-growers) were studied. During each sampling, a 1mx1m quadrant was used randomly and pest counted on all the plants within the quadrant. Results showed that the number of M. separatella varied significantly (p<0.05) in the scheme. Pest densities were highest in off season planted rice (13.1). High numbers were also found in Non N.I.B controlled fields with sporadic irrigation (8.1) and the lowest in the N.I.B, fallow (2.5) and this was significant (p<0.05). There were no significant differences in pest infestations on the normal season crop (0.3) and the ratoon crop (0.6) p<0.05 and SRI and conventional irrigated fields (p<0.05). From the results it is recommended that off season planting of rice be discouraged and that efforts are made to ensure that farmers synchronize planting dates and other cultural practices for the crop, within the scheme and in rice farms outside the scheme.

V. M., Kega, M, Kasina, J. H., Nderitu, F, Olubayo. .A Study of the African White Rice Stem Borer (Maliarpha separatella Rag.) Population Density Fluctuations