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Rice production Africa - The Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) Monday in Dakar, Senegal, launched a project to increase rice production in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal over the next five years. The project should lead to the production of large quantities of quality rice for consumers and tackle the problems of production, processing and marketing of local rice in the affected countries.

The project is fully funded by the Syngenta Foundation for sustainable rice farming in West Africa to the tune of US$2 million per year.

Following the 2008 food crisis and at the request of the Malian authorities, the Foundation decided to contribute to improving production of African rice, according to Oumar Niangado, the delegate of the Foundation in West Africa.

On his part, Deputy Director General of AfricaRice Marco Wopereis said Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso had the potential to increase their rice production.

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Courtesy: afriquejet

Date: 3rd November 2010