A new kind of rice grows in dry African uplands, thanks to USAID assistance. In addition, other partners, some private enterprises, have joined with NERICA on a project to enhance income security for small farms in the Namutumba sub-Sahara district and also improve access to markets by promoting production, processing and marketing. Photos are courtesy of Mark Herrick and Africa Rice Center respectively. Some water is needed, but upland rice is grown like a grass, unlike traditional rice grown in a paddy.
Women farmers in Benin have seen their income rise since switching to Nerica. The new rice varieties are rugged, high yielding and fast growing. (Photos: Africa Rice Center (WARDA))