Rice is bagged in Baguineda, Mali
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Average rice yield in sub-Saharan Africa has jumped 30 percent after rice crisis.

An analysis by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) has revealed that the paddy rice production growth rate in sub-Saharan Africa shot up from 3.2 per cent per year before the rice crisis (2000–2007) to 8.4 percent per year after the rice crisis (2007–2012), AfricaRice reported in March 2013.
The analysis also showed that average rice yield in sub-Saharan Africa jumped by about 30 percent from 2007 to 2012 and that it is increasing at a faster rate than the global average.

High rice prices in late 2007 and 2008 had sparked food riots in several African cities. As a result of this “rice crisis,” African governments, assisted by the international donor community, embarked on ambitious programmes to boost their rice production capacity.

To find out the domestic production responses to these measures, AfricaRice analysed trends in rice production across the African continent, placing particular emphasis on the periods before and after the 2007/2008 rice crisis.

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