Friday, October 22, 2010

African Rice to Fight Hunger

One of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. A specific target point of this goal is to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. How will this be achieved? – you might ask.

Well, one successful project has been the New Rice for Africa (NERICA). Rice production in sub-Saharan Africa could not keep up with rapid population growth by the mid-1990s. Therefore, a hybrid between the Asian and African rice was created to resolve this problem. NERICA is a high-yielding, drought resistant and protein-rich variety that has contributed to food security and improved nutrition in several countries on the continent. The Africa Rice Center (WARDA) and its partners are the ones responsible for inventing this remarkable type of rice. NERICA is hailed as “technology from Africa for Africa.”

- Clare O.