Kenya will host a conference on hybrid rice in Africa from May 20 to 21, organizers said on Friday.
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) said in statement released in Nairobi that the conference will bring together rice stakeholders from governments, development organizations, and seed companies from sub-Saharan Africa.
“During the conference, the Alliance for Hybrid Rice in Africa (AHyRA) will be launched,” Kayode Sanni, rice project manager at AATF said.
Sanni said that the alliance is a public-private partnership (PPP) that seeks to promote wide development and dissemination of quality, high yielding and well adapted rice hybrids in Africa, and to develop and deliver commercialization pathways to impact the lives of rice farmers and other stakeholders through the extensive use of the technologies in sub-Saharan Africa.
He noted that AHyRA brings together rice sector experts drawn from both public and private organizations in sub-Saharan Africa with the main aim of promoting and facilitating sustainable development and commercialization of hybrid rice in sub-Saharan Africa to increase farmer productivity and income sustainability.
Sanni said that the development and production of hybrid rice offers a means to achieve significant yield gains in the region while building viable agri-businesses.
“There are a number of hybrid rice initiatives already going on in sub-Saharan Africa by both private companies and public institutions,” he said.
“The efforts are yet to yield substantial results on ground due to the fragmented nature of the initiatives, there is therefore the need to create a proactive synergy for promoting the technologies,” he said Enditem