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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2003

Enhancing rural livelihoods through a new coalition arrangement for the dissemination of improved rice post-production and marketing technologies in Northern Ghana

Rice Technology Northern Ghana

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Enhancing rural livelihoods through a new coalition arrangement for the dissemination of improved rice post-production and marketing technologies in Northern Ghana

Pays : Ghana

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8263

DFID Programme : Crop Post Harvest

Organismes de mise en œuvre  : Lead Institutes : Food Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana

Durée : Start Date : 21-01-2003 — End Date : 30-12-2004

Objectifs  : Promote improved rice post-production and marketing systems to enhance rural livelihoods in Northern Ghana.

Descriptif
Rice consumption in Ghana increased by over 20% per year in the 1990s, with the increased demand being met by imports from the Far East and America. Indeed rice is becoming the preferred staple for urban populations throughout the West African region due to its availability and convenience. In the 1980s imported rice accounted for one third to one half of the total supply in Ghana. By 1996, 200,000 tonnes of rice was imported against an estimated local production of 150,000 tonnes. Imported rice contributes significantly to Ghana’s trade deficit. In the year 2000, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana estimated that over $100 million worth of rice was imported into the country annually.

The effect of these imports has been that the price and quality of the imported rice dictates the price of locally produced rice and Ghanaian consumers are becoming more aware of the often inferior quality of local rice in comparison to imports. Local rice production receives a high priority with the Ghanaian government. The Minister of Agriculture stated on his appointment in February 2001 that a prime objective of the Ministry would be to work towards the reduction of rice imports by at least 30% within the shortest possible time. If local rice is to compete with imports, attention must be paid to quality throughout the agro-food chain and appropriate processing techniques and marketing strategies must be designed and disseminated to ensure that the rice produced is of consistently good quality. Currently, about 60% of the total rice production in Ghana is from the Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions. Rice is grown in both traditional farming systems and also on irrigated schemes, virtually all by small-scale farmers. Rice grown in these regions is very dry at harvest and yields a very high percentage of broken grain if milled raw.

Total Cost to DFID : £152,375

Présentation : Recherche for Development (R4D)

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