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UPL Insights - The Rice Race

Sep 06, 2021 | UPL GLOBAL

Tags: rice cultivation african rice rice race rice production

Despite favourable climates and growing conditions as well as over 130 million hectares of land suitable for rice cultivation, why does Africa produce less than 5% of the world’s total rice? Harnessing Africa’s untapped natural resources and fostering a thriving rice sector offers a clear pathway towards food security, sufficiency, and prosperity.

In this episode of our #AGRF2021 UPL Insights series, Florent Clair speaks with Fadel Ndiama, Vice President at AGRA, and Isaac Mungoma, Investment Manager at IDH Kenya FarmFit Fund, to look at shared commitments to realising Africa’s rice production potential. The discussion looks at the need for a new multiparty, multilateral initiative – engaging partners, governments, NGOs and donor communities with a shared commitment to design, implement and sustain commercial rice value chains across the continent. 

To hear more about The Rice Race, the challenges and opportunities facing Africa’s rice sector, and Africa’s capabilities to go beyond self-sufficiency and built a competitive export market, visit  



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