Rice International Conference and Rice-Value Chain in Africa

6th   rice-Africa International Conference on Rice for Food, Market/Development, Abuja, Nigeria

The forum brought together all the relevant stakeholders in the rice sector and discussed issues affecting the value chain from field to market and how the public sector should respond through policy frameworks and sub-regional collaboration. The Congress was quite successful in terms of capacity building of rice actors.

The 6th rice-Africa Congress consolidated on the achievements of the previous rice-Africa Congresses and focus on practical steps to rice value chain approaches to increase the market for locally processed rice by increasing the volume, improving quality and developing new market channels through creating access to finance, introducing improved processing, initiating effective marketing and distribution, improving the social capital of the processors and protecting the consumers. The aim was to minimise the gap between the quality of imported rice and locally processed rice.

The Congress which held on 5-7 July, 2018 at Conference Hall, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Maitama, Abuja, equally featured exhibition by rice promoters and as well provide avenue for stakeholders in the rice sector to interact for the desired business deals for development.

The theme was “Sustaining the Rice Revolution in Africa for Economic Growth and Development: New Approaches to Value chain”

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh was Represented at the event by the Dr. Fatima K. Aliyu to give a welcome address.


rice-Africa is a Pan-African conference, which is being held annually in Africa, is establishing itself as Africa largest and most international; rice promoters’ capacity building event with large delegates from all over the world. At the same time, the conference serves as a forum for all stakeholders engaged in rice production, processing, marketing, support service on the African continent.

The event is under the patronage of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria and organized by Rice Africa working Group Nigeria and Leap Domiciliaries Ltd.

With a vision to spur the development of competitive sustainable and inclusive rice industry and rice business in Africa as a pathway to increased economic growth and food security,  rice-Africa Conference 2019 will provide the needed platform for capability building as a key means of enhancing rice productivity and marketing performance.  

rice-Africa 2019 conference and Exhibition will provide a forum for representatives from the public and private sectors including researchers, traders, processors, farmers, finance/banks, service providers, and manufacturers of rice production equipment, policy makers, and scientists. Delegates will discuss the latest approaches to rice-value chain development, rice innovations, future technologies, trade issues, financing, and policies that will define the future role of rice for food and development.

rice-Africa  international conference2019 is certainly the target destination for Africa’s agricultural decision makers and practitioners in governments, public and private agriculture and corporate HRD. The event offers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the latest activities and achievements from the rice industry.

An attractive range of Plenary and Parallel Sessions as well as Panel Discussions will determine the two conference days. Also, in series of Workshops and Seminars, Participants will be offered the opportunity to learn a new skill, enhance their knowledge or gather information about a specific topic. Not only are such activities excellent opportunities in themselves but they are also extremely valuable networking activities in their own right. These are either full –or half day events and the number of participants is limited. We recommend you register as soon as possible, as places for these are limited.

The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition and Lunch Symposia presenting the latest developments, services and innovative systems. More importantly is the formation of African Rice Alliance (ARA).  By becoming a member of the ARA, you show your support for a stronger, more efficient African rice industry.

We should be pleased to count you amongst our participants at this important event and look forward to welcome you in Abuja in July, 2019.

Dr. Edwin Idu   (Team Leader)


Note: Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation to enable them to make their arrangements to participate in rice-Africa2019 may contact the rice-Africa2019 conference secretariat at dora@rice-africa.com



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Edwin Idu is an Associate Professor with the UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA, NIGERIA. with specialisation in rice-informatix. He is the team leader of rice-Africa, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RICE FOR FOOD, MARKET AND DEVELOPMENT, an annual capacity building event for rice promoters in Africa.

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