This study documents lessons from research on rice-based production
systems that was funded by the United Kingdom's Department for
International Development (DFID) through its Renewable Natural Resources
Research Strategy (RNRRS) which spanned an eleven year period from
1995-2006. The report considers both the research process and the
development and uptake of research outputs and discusses the
implications of the findings for future research programmes. It
highlights the importance of rice as a food crop and for income and
employment generation in developing countries. The global demand for
rice continues to increase rapidly, especially in sub-Saharan Africa
(SSA) which imports a large proportion of its rice from the United
States of America and Asia.
Continuing increases in both production and productivity will be needed
to meet this growing demand. The main constraints to increased
production in the rice sector are a shortage of water and arable land;
pests, diseases, and weeds; the availability of suitable varieties for
diverse environments (including low potential areas); rising production
costs, low quality of locally processed rice in SSA, and inefficient
markets for inputs and produce.
This study focuses on research conducted since 2001 by the Crop
Post-Harvest, Crop Protection, Natural Resources Systems and Plant
Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK, 64 pp.
Rice research in the DFID RNRRS programmes. Lessons learnt and implications for future research