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The following videos have been produced in close collaboration with researchers, field workers, rice farmers and rice processors. They use simple language and clear visuals, and incorporate lessons from participatory learning and action research (PLAR). They are ideally suited to build human and institutional capacities within the rice sector in Africa. These videos are available in English, French and in more than 30 African languages. Click on the following language links to watch rice videos online:
Dagbnli, Dagaari, English, Français, Gonja, Guerze, Kasem, Moore, Soussou, and Swahili



A farmer-to-farmer instruction video on the parasitic weed Striga and soil management in upland rice has been produced by the Africa Rice Center(AfricaRice) and its partners as part of the African Development Bank-funded project ‘Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARD-SC).

Striga is a widespread problem in upland rice in sub-Saharan Africa. The video explains the agronomic principles that help rice farmers to reduce Striga problems in their crop. The 21-minute video shows four different principles that contribute to a reduction in Striga infestation:

1. Crop rotation or intercropping, including leguminous species

2. Direct seeding in previous crop residues without soil tillage
3. Fertilizing the soil with chemical and organic fertilizers, and
4. The use of a Striga-resistant rice variety

The first three practices also strongly benefit soil conservation and soil fertility. Farmers describe in their own words their experiences with these practices and explain why and how it is done. 

The video is a product of a close collaboration among AfricaRice, the French agricultural research for development organization (CIRAD), the national program of Madagascar (FOFIFA) and the Association of Direct Seeding in Madagascar (GSDM). The video is available in five languages, EnglishFrench, Malagasy, Swahili and Portuguese on AfricaRice YouTube site.





How to organize stakeholders representing various actor groups and institutions to promote value chain development in the rice sector? This trailer of “Sinima Sinima” (Our Vision of the Future) film is a show case of what MSPs are, how they are set up and function, what results they can achieve, what difficulties they overcome, and what impact they have on collective decision-making, partnerships, and knowledge sharing to improve collective resource management of rice-based inland valley systems.


Land preparation  

How does land preparation and water management affect crop establishment, weed management and rice yields? And why does a field need to be perfectly leveled to have optimal effect of fertilizers?

To know the answers to these and other questions, watch this video.




Rice seedbed preparation  

In this video, we will learn how to prepare a seedbed, as establishing a good seedbed is needed to obtain strong seedlings and give your crop a good start.

Let’s look at it step by step




Rice transplanting 

 “Yields are much higher when rice is transplanted. Compared to broadcasting, yields are two or three times higher.”



Rice weed management 

As we know that effective weed control could increase yields by more than 50%, it surely is worthwhile taking a closer look. In this video we will learn how to control weeds most effectively



Using the Rotary Weeder in Lowland Rice

This video explains the need for transplanting and water management for effective use of the rotary weeder and how to obtain one.

Watch this video to learn how to control weeds in lowland rice using the rotary weeder.




Safe and Correct Use of Herbicides  

How to control weeds in lowland rice using herbicides in a safe and efficient way?

Watch this video.





In this video we will learn all about nutritients, soil structure, organic matter and how to maintain your soil fertile. All this will allow you to keep on cultivating your land and produce healthy crops.



Spotted seed means diseased seed  

There are many problems with poor seed, and spotted and discolored seed are some of the major ones. These spotted seeds could not be removed by winnowing or seed floatation. They can only be removed by manual sorting. By seeing this video you will learn how to clean seed as one of the interventions to produce and use healthy seed




Seed cleaning by floatation

Why not try this new technique of seed floatation before sowing your seed…
“When the farmers take out their seed from storage and open the lid of the container, they may find flying insects. To confirm if the seed has been attacked, the farmer takes a sample of seed in his hand and on close observation they will find holes in the seed. Insects eat the endosperm - the inside of the seed - so these seeds become light and easily float on the water.”




Well-dried seed is good seed  )

Farmers face great difficulties with drying their seeds because seed absorbs moisture from the soil. As a result, seed quality deteriorates, and no-one can expect good yields by using poor quality seed. In this video you can see how farmers of Maria village solved this problem by themselves. Now they are no longer worried about drying seed, even during the rainy season.




Seed preservation techniques 

Based on hard real life experience, the women of Maria village have devised some very effective techniques for seed preservation.

Let us learn from some of these innovative women …




Improving rice quality 

“…culture of quality is very important for us to push back the dumping from outside, if we don’t do it; whether its from Africa, whether it’s from my mothers kitchen, people are not going to buy it, so we have to become competitive, we have to develop competitive advantage and quality is the most important element in competitive advantage and, it’s within our reach, we can do it.”




Cashing in with parboiled rice 

Although rice is highly nutritious, a lot of the quality is lost during processing. This results in poor quality rice on the market. So consumers turn to imported rice. In this video you will learn about parboiling, a way to improve the quality of rice by treating paddy with warm water and steam.

There are many good reasons for parboiling rice. The market for quality rice is growing. Food vendors and restaurant owners start to use parboiled rice because it is already clean and easy to cook. Most importantly, parboiled rice is more nutritious than non-parboiled rice




Rice Videos online :


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Trouble from the sky

AfricaRice Perspectives

Dr José Graziano da Silva

Dr Eugene Terry

Dr Carlos Pérez del Castillo

Dr Frank Rijsberman

Dr Kenneth Cassman

Dr Jonas Chianu


AfricaRice Recipes

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Waakye - a popular dish from Ghana made with rice and beans

Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)



AfricaRice is a CGIAR Research Center –
part of a global research partnership
for a food-secure future.
It is also an intergovernmental association of
African member countries.


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01 BP 4029, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire
T: +225 22 48 09 10; F: +225 22 44 26 29

M’bé Research Station
01 B.P. 2551, Bouaké 01, Côte d'Ivoire
T: +225 22 48 09 20; F: +225 31 63 25 78

E: AfricaRice@cgiar.org


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