As the world struggles to feed itself, leading African rice value chain facilitator, Nigeria, will host the largest conference of world’s rice experts in 2024

Apart from oil, rice is the world’s most complex commodity, influencing global politics, national governments, large tracts of land, a large proportion of the population, the climate and the environment.

An annual event for building rice promoters capacities in Africa, the 10th International Conference on rice for Food Market and Development 2024 takes place between July 9-11, this year in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja.

“That simple bowl or serving of rice that billions of us across the globe consume each day is the result of one of the world’s most complex issues, involving everything from the latest science to the humble buffalo,” said Dr. To Phuc Tuong, of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietman.

Hosted by Leap Domiciliares Ltd, Nigeria and organized by rice-Africa Working Group, one of the region’s leading meetings industry professionals, rice-Africa Conference2024 is expected to record a huge success, with thousands of delegates from all over the world, especially Africa, Asia, and South Asia.

“The world food shortage, which threatens more than 100 million people, coupled with the international economic crisis, places an enormous pressure on rice producing countries and the entire chain from paddy to plate for this most complex of commodities,” Dr. Tuong said.

Prof. Edwin Idu, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Abuja added that Climate change impact was one of the most important focuses for the rice-Africa Conference2024, because without resilience and climate Smart innovative ways of producing rice and thereby ensuring food security it would be impossible to cope with the projected growth in demand for rice in the immediate future.

Arguably the strongest defense against future shortages is for rice producers to enhance their technological platforms and fully exploit the very compelling advances in the spheres of Technology Development and Smart Agriculture, Quality Development and Quality Assurance, Grades and Standards, Agricultural Mechanization for Rice-Based Capacity Building. These will be fully addressed during rice-Africa Conference 2024.

By bringing together the most advanced thinking in the future of the rice
industry, rice-Africa Conference2024 is geared towards finding sustainable solutions to the developing world food crisis. Shared knowledge and the bridging of political divides will be the ultimate weapons against the looming shortages.

In parallel with the scientific conference, a comprehensive exhibition that will showcase the latest technologies, genetic and biological advances and equipment dedicated to the production of rice is organized. Multinational companies including equipment manufacturers, seed producers, financial institutions and non-governmental agencies will be represented.
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