A Global Agricultural Research Partnership


AfricaRice is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships.  It is also an autonomous intergovernmental research association of African member countries.

Its mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment.

The modus operandi of the organization is partnership at all levels. Its research and development activities are conducted in collaboration with various stakeholders—primarily the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), academic institutions, advanced research institutions, farmers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, and donors—for the benefit of African farmers, mostly small-scale producers, as well as the millions of African families for whom rice means food.

AfricaRice’s temporary headquarters is based in Cotonou, Benin. Research staff are also based in Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania and Côte d’Ivoire.


General contact

Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
01 B.P. 2031, Cotonou, Benin
Tel +229 6418 1313/6418 1414/6418 1515/6418 1616; +229 21 35 01 88
Fax +229 6422 7809; +229 21 35 05 56

Email: africarice AT

Media contact

Savitri Mohapatra
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
01 B.P. 2031
Cotonou, Benin
Email: s.mohapatra AT


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Adding value to Africa’s rice

In Africa, both the quantity and quality of rice suffer huge losses, especially during postharvest operations. Until recently, R&D thrusts in Africa have focused mainly on how to increase rice…