Author: Oumar Niangado, 2013
Topics: quality seeds; rice; West Africa
Population growth and changes in human diets have helped make rice an important staple food in both urban and rural areas.
Despite tremendous efforts made by many countries in West Africa, the sub-region still imports rice. With the progress in varietal development combined with the will of many states to promote rice production, reversing current trends in the near future is on track provided that inputs and, more specifically, quality seed can be delivered in a timely manner. However, west African seed systems are complex with many non-professional intermediaries and numerous stakeholders (NGOs, technical and financial partners, public sector, etc.). […]
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