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Can Africa Replicate Asia's Green Revolution in Rice?

AFRICAN FARMERS AFRICAN RICE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS AGRICULTURAL GROWTH AGRICULTURAL INCENTIVES AGRICULTURAL INCOMES AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT AGRICULTURAL LABOR AGRICULTURAL MARKETS AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION AGRICULTURAL PERFORMANCE AGRICULTURAL POLICIES AGRICULTURAL POPULATION AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS AGRICULTURAL TECHNIQUES AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES AGRICULTURE AGRONOMISTS AGRONOMY ANIMALS ASIAN RICE AVERAGE YIELD AVERAGE YIELDS BIOTECHNOLOGY BREEDING CASSAVA CHEMICAL FERTILIZER CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE COMMODITY COMMODITY PRICE COMMODITY PRICES CROP CROP HUSBANDRY CROP MANAGEMENT CROP MANAGEMENT PRACTICES CROP VARIETY CROPLAND CROPPING CROPPING INTENSITY CROPS CROSSBREEDING CULTIVATED LAND CULTIVATION PRACTICES DEGRADED LANDS DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH DIET DISEASE INFESTATIONS DISEASES DOUBLE CROPPING DRAINAGE DRY SEASON ECOSYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS EXTENSION FALLOWING FAO FARM FARM EMPLOYMENT FARM HOUSEHOLDS FARM INCOMES FARM PRODUCTIVITY FARM SIZE FARM TRIALS FARMER FARMING FARMING HOUSEHOLDS FARMING METHODS FARMING PRACTICE FARMING PRACTICES FARMING SYSTEM FARMLAND FARMS FEED FERTILIZER FERTILIZER APPLICATION FERTILIZER USE FERTILIZERS FISH FOOD CRISIS FOOD CROPS FOOD NEEDS FOOD POLICY FOOD POLICY RESEARCH FOOD PRICES FOOD RESOURCES FOOD SECURITY FOOD STAPLES FOOD SUPPLIES FOOD SUPPLY FOOD SYSTEMS GALL MIDGE GENDER GENETIC IMPROVEMENT GENETIC RESOURCES GLOBAL FOOD GLOBAL FOOD PRICES GRAIN GRAIN PRICES GRAIN YIELDS GREEN REVOLUTION GROWING SEASON HAND WEEDING HARVESTING HARVESTS HECTARES OF LAND HIGH-YIELDING VARIETIES HYBRIDS IFDC IITA INCOME DISTRIBUTION INDICA INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IRRI IRRIGATION IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGIES KARI LAND PRODUCTIVITY LAND RESOURCES LIVELIHOODS MAIZE MANGROVE MARKETING MILLET MODERN RICE TECHNOLOGY NARS NATURAL RESOURCES NEW TECHNOLOGIES NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ORGANIC MATTER PADDY PADDY RICE PADDY YIELDS PESTICIDE PESTICIDE USE PESTICIDES PESTS PLANT NUTRIENT PLANT NUTRIENTS PLANT SCIENCES PLANTING POOR HOUSEHOLDS POVERTY ALLEVIATION POVERTY REDUCTION PRIVATE SEED COMPANIES PRODUCE PRODUCTION GAINS PRODUCTION METHODS PRODUCTION SYSTEM PRODUCTION SYSTEMS PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH PROTEIN RAINFED AREAS RICE RICE CROP RICE CULTIVATION RICE FIELDS RICE MILLS RICE PLANTS RICE PRODUCTION RICE RESEARCH RICE TECHNOLOGY RICE VARIETIES RICE YELLOW MOTTLE VIRUS RICE YIELDS ROOTS RURAL DEVELOPMENT RURAL POVERTY SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE SEED SEED PRODUCTION SEED VARIETIES SEEDS SHIFTING CULTIVATION SMALL FARMER SOIL FERTILITY SOIL MANAGEMENT SOIL STRUCTURE SOILS SORGHUM STAPLE FOODS STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION TUBERS UPLAND RICE URBAN BIAS URBAN POVERTY URBANIZATION VARIETY IMPROVEMENT WARDA WATER RESOURCES WEEDS WHEAT WHEAT VARIETIES
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Africa | South Asia | East Asia and Pacific | Africa | Asia
2012-03-19T18:42:53Z | 2012-03-19T18:42:53Z | 2010-11-01

Asia's green revolution in rice was transformational and improved the lives of millions of poor households. Rice has become an increasingly important part of African diets and imports of rice have grown. Agronomists point out that large areas in Africa are well suited for rice and are encouraged by the field tests of new rice varieties. So is Africa poised for its own green revolution in rice? This study reviews the recent literature on rice technologies and their impact on productivity, incomes, and poverty, and compares current conditions in Africa with the conditions that prevailed in Asia as its rice revolution got under way. An important conclusion is that, to a degree, a rice revolution has already begun in Africa. Moreover, many of the same practices that have proved successful in Asia and in Africa can be applied where yields are currently low. At the same time, for many reasons, Africa's rice revolution has been, and will continue to be, characterized by a mosaic of successes, situated where the conditions are right for new technologies to take hold. This can have profound effects in some places. But because diets, markets, and geography are heterogeneous in Africa, the successful transformation of the Africa's rice sector must be matched by productivity gains in other crops to fully launch Africa's Green Revolution.

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