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Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is a leading pan-African research organization with a mission to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa through research, development and partnership activities. It is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is also an autonomous intergovernmental research association of African member countries.

Contact person: 
Jonas Wanvoeke, Research Assistant / Learning & Innovation Systems
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Technologies from Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)


Rice weed management (Africa Rice Center video on rice advice)

As effective weed control may increase yields by more than 50%, it surely is worthwhile taking a closer look. In this video we learn to differentiate between annual and perennial weeds, while farmers in Mali explain us how and when to control weeds most effectively.
This video presents the technique of weed management.

Rice transplanting, Africa Rice Center video on rice advice

“Yields are much higher when rice is transplanted. Compared to broadcasting, yields are two or three times higher.” This video presents the methods of transplanting rice and explains the effect of planting depth, distance and age of seedlings on rice tillering.

Rice seed preservation (Africa Rice Center video on rice advice)

Based on hard real life experience, the women of Maria village have devised some very
effective techniques for seed preservation. The video describes the importance of storing seed in airtight containers, using insecticidal plants and other clever practices that Bangladeshi women apply to preserve rice seeds. This video presents the technique of seed preservation:


Rice seed drying (Africa Rice Center video on rice advice)

Farmers face great difficulties with drying their seeds because seed absorbs moisture from the soil. As a result, seed quality deteriorates, and no-one can expect good yields by using poor quality seed. In this video you can see how farmers of Maria village in Bangladesh solved this problem by themselves. Now they are no longer worried about drying seed, even during the rainy season. This video presents the technique of seed drying:


Rice seed flotation (Africa Rice Center video on rice advice)

“When the farmers take out their seed from storage and open the lid of the container, they may find flying insects. To confirm if the seed has been attacked, the farmer takes a sample of seed in his hand and on close observation may find holes in the seed. Insects eat the endosperm -the inside of the seed- so these seeds become light and easily float on the water.” This video presents the technique of seed flotation before sowing seed.

Rice Seed Sorting (Africa Rice Center video on rice advice)

There are many problems with poor quality seed, and spotted and discolored seed are some of the major ones. Spotted seeds cannot be removed by winnowing or seed floatation. They can only be removed by manual sorting. By watching this video you will learn how to clean seed as one of the interventions to produce and use healthy seed. This video shows the importance of sorting seeds and explains the difference between spotted seeds and discolored seeds.

Cashing in with parboiled rice (demonstration video)

Although rice is highly nutritious, a lot of its quality is lost during processing. This results in poor quality rice on the market. Therefore, consumers turn to imported rice. In this video you will learn about parboiling, a way to improve the quality of rice by treating paddy with warm water and steam. There are many good reasons for parboiling rice. The market for quality rice is growing. Food vendors and restaurant owners start to use parboiled rice because it is already clean and easy to cook. Most importantly, parboiled rice is more nutritious than non-parboiled rice.
This video presents the technique of parboiling.

Improving rice quality: Video from Africa Rice Center

“The quality is very important for us to push back the dumping from outside, if we don’t do it; whether its from Africa, whether it’s from my mother’s kitchen, people are not going to buy it, so we have to become competitive, we have to develop competitive advantage and quality is the most important element in competitive advantage and, it’s within our reach, we can do it.”
The following video from Africa Rice Center (Africarice) describes how farmers in Benin use various techniques to obtain and maintain a good quality of their locally produced rice.

Rice seedbed preparation (Africa Rice Center video on rice advice)

In this video, Malian farmers show us how to prepare a seedbed, as establishing a good seedbed is needed to obtain strong seedlings and giving crop a good start. This video presents the technique of seedbed.

Land Preparation: Video from Africa Rice Center

The following video of Africa Rice Center describes how land preparation and water management affect crop establishment, weed management and rice yields. Farmers in Burkina Faso explain also the importance of collaboration and proper planning.