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Can Africa replicate Asia's green revolution in rice?

Author: Donald F LarsonKeijiro OtsukaKei KajisaJonna P EstudilloAliou DiagneAll authors
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Development Research Group, Agriculture and Rural Development Team, November 2010.
Series: Policy research working papers (Online), 5478.
Edition/Format:   eBook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Can Africa replicate Asia's green revolution in rice?
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald F Larson; Keijiro Otsuka; Kei Kajisa; Jonna P Estudillo; Aliou Diagne; World Bank. Development Research Group.
OCLC Number: 700047685
Description: 1 online resource (32 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Mode of access: internet.; System requirements: web browser, PDF reader.
Contents: Introduction --
Early debate on Asia's green revolution --
Developments in Africa's rice economy --
Natural resources and the potential for rice in Africa --
New rice for Africa --
Lessons from Asia --
Expectations for the future --
Bibliography.
Series Title: Policy research working papers (Online), 5478.
Responsibility: Donald F. Larson, Keijiro Otsuka, Kei Kajisa, Jonna Estudillo, Aliou Diagne.
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"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"--Second page of online resource.

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