Donald Kaberuka, Boamah underscored how NERICA
has helped to radically transform livelihoods and contribute to food security in the region.
Yukio Sato said he believes the NERICA rice would become a ''powerful tool'' to fight poverty and food shortage in poor countries.
Developed by the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) in 1994, the NERICA rice variety has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough.
Individual farms are now growing seeds of NERICA, so to sell them to other smallholder farmers in the area and across the country.
Before embarking into NERICA seeds multiplication project, Busungu s group was supported by the World Vision Tanzania for technical know-how, start-up capital and potential markets for their produces.
and Diagne A (2007), Gendered Impact of NERICA
Adoption on Farmers' Production and Income in Central Benin.
In the bigger scheme of things, Nerica
could also be the godsend variety to boost production for rice farmers on 17m ha of arid land in Asia and 4m ha in Latin America.
The NERICA varieties are richer in protein than rice imported into Africa .
The improved lowland rice varieties particularly lowland NERICA lines may demand different nutrient requirements than the traditional lowland varieties (Oryza sativa and oryza glaberima) to optimize production under rain fed systems.
The big breakthrough came in Guinea where 116 farmers completed on-farm trials using three new varieties that have now been adopted by 20,000 small-scale farmers growing Nerica
on 5,000 acres.
Similarly, Table 2 shows that the NERICA
and Ex-China varied significantly (P [less than or equal to] 0.
, combining the best features of Asian and African inter-specific rice crosses, are being introduced to rice-growing countries with the assistance of organisations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and agro-processing technologies are making an impact in Ghana, Ethiopia and Benin.