System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Towards Improving Rice Production and Saving Water in Africa


Importance of rice to Africa

 Rice is grown in 40 African countries
 Over 35 million smallholder rice farmers are engaged in
rice production
 The continent doesn’t produce enough rice for
 Africa imports 32% of world rice, about 15 million
 Demand for rice is growing at over 6% per year
 Rice consumption in sub-Saharan Africa is set to
overtake other staples (maize, cassava, sorghum and
other cereals)
 Need to improve the productivity of rice at farm levels

(there is potential to achieve 15 tons/ha of rice)

view presentation here: Presentation on SRI in Africa-SCI conference, India, Dec 2022_Bancy