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Rice, the white gold of West Africa?

The most recent issue of Dynaniques paysannes magazine, published by SOS Faim Belgium, analyses the rice sector in West Africa from a producers’ perspective. Following the 2008-09 food price crisis, ECOWAS launched a regional initiative to support sustainable rice production in West Africa aimed at achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2025. Senegal and Mali increased their rice production by 121% and 30% respectively. However, despite significant increases in domestic production, West Africa still imports 40% of its rice from Asian countries. Demand in rice, especially in urban areas, is constantly increasing.

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