The result is wide variation in the quality of the final product in Nigeria, including unfavourable properties such as discoloration and the presence of stones. Lack of traceability along the value chain leads to inconsistencies between variety names and the final product, preventing a link between production and consumer preferences. That consumers prefer the quality, taste and texture of imported rice over domestic rice is in large part due to the broken rice value chain is not surprising.

Source: Taken from José Graziano da Silva and Shenggen Fan. 2017. Strengthening Rural-Urban Linkages to End Hunger and Malnutrition. In: IFPRI, Global Food Policy Report 2017, page 18.

 

Linkages for achieving multiple SDGs

Rural infrastructure, including quality rural and feeder roads, electricity and storage facilities, is essential for pro-poor growth, agricultural development and improved livelihoods. Inadequate rural infrastructure leads to isolation of communities and is significantly associated with poverty and poor nutrition.