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11 April 2014

USDA GAIN: 2014 Update West Africa Rice AnnualUSDA GAIN: 2014 Update West Africa Rice Annual

The Government of Cote d’Ivoire (GOCI) made remarkable efforts to boost local rice production and expects to reach self-sufficiency of 2.0 million tons milled rice by 2020. Its milled rice production increased from 1.2 million tons in MY 2012/13 to 1.4 million and in MY 2013/14, up 16 percent. Post estimates that for MY 2013/14, milled rice production in selected countries could reach 5 million tons, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, while imports remain stable, However, imports could decline by 6 percent in MY 2014/15 with more abundant rice production.
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Milled rice production for MY 2012/13 reached 4.5 million tons. a 21 percent increase compared to the previous year, most of which was due to Cote d’Ivoire’s jump in milled rice production, a whopping 82 percent.

Despite the fact that most countries were affected by a bad cropping season with delayed rains and prolonged dry spells, Post and countries estimated MY 2013/14 milled rice production at 5.0 milliontons, a 13 percent increase compared to the year before. Rice production could have been much higher with better weather.

Burkina Faso

MY 2012/13 milled rice production reached 210,000 tons, up 34 percent increase compared to the previous year.

MY 2013/14 milled rice production reached 200,000 tons, down 5 percent (210,000 tons) compared to the previous year but 23 percent more compared to the preceding five years.

Cote d’Ivoire

Implementation of the Revised National Rice Strategy covering 2012-2020, with the goal of producing 2.0 million tons of milled rice is making good progress.

MY 2012/13 milled rice production reached 1.0 million tons, an 82 percent increase compared to the previous year. For MY 2013/14, milled rice production is estimated at 1.2 million tons a 20 percent increase compared to MY 2012/13.

To boost production, GOCI, through the Revised National Rice Strategy program, encouraged farmers to use more:

  • agricultural equipment and improved seeds;
  • small and medium size processing units in production sites;
  • modern processing companies with a production capacity of 5 to 12 tons per hour; and
  • private companies investing in the sector i.e., Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC); Export Trading Group, and Novel. LDC forecast that it will produce 50,000 tons of paddy rice in MY 2014/15


Despite smaller yields in MY 2012/13 because of abundant rains and less use of fertilizer, milled rice production reached 1.2 million tons due to more area planted.

For MY 2013/14, milled rice production is estimated at 1.4 million tons regardless of erratic rains, extended dry spells, and civil war in the northern part of the country representing a 14 percent increase compared to the previous year due to an improvement of irrigated systems.

USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) provided $11.7 million to support a three year (2012-2015) “Mopti Coordinated Area Development Program” in northern Mali managed by NGO, Aga Khan. It has trained 3,000 rice growers in various concepts including farming as a business, rice growing methods using irrigation systems, and marketing and commercialization.


MY 2012/13 milled rice production reached 320,000 tons, representing a reduction of 38 percent from the Government of Senegal (GOS) initial target of 443,000 tons. For MY 2013/14, GOS anticipates producing 9 percent less than the previous year (290,000 tons) due to a late start of the rainy season which hampered replanting seeds and therefore decreased area planted. Most farmers switched to other crops such as peanut and maize.

Post anticipates 350,000 tons of milled rice production for MY 2014/15 if the rainy condition is favorable. With such slow progress, Post believes that it may be difficult to reach GOS’s self-sufficiency goal of 1 million tons milled rice by 2017.

In the meantime, GOS developed a new program called Plan Senegal Emergent Project (PSE) launched by President Sall in 2013 to boost agriculture and industry and reach 7 percent economic growth for the upcoming decade. In addition, a new program to accelerate agriculture – Accelerated Program for Agriculture in Senegal (PRACAS) - includes rice as an important component. It plans to both increase rain fed rice production and decrease irrigated rice production by 20 percent.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a five year project which started in 2010 with a $540 million grant to help GOS improve infrastructure in the Delta region (northeast of Saint Louis, extending to Richard Toll/Ross Bethio) by upgrading canals, pumping/water-distribution, and roads. The project will support the development of 39,000 hectares of irrigated land by increasing the volume of irrigation water, and repair and widen 120 kilometers of road, including a new 150 m bridge to reduce drainage and flooding problems in the North.

The USDA Food for Progress program supports the $8.0 million Shelter for Life (SFL) three year rural roads program in the Casamance (2013-16) of southern Senegal. Planned renovation (widening and improving) of 13 USDA-SFL roads would potentially give access to 56,300 hectares of rice fields, which have not been in intensive production since the late 1980s or early 1990s. Most is grown for household consumption, but, given the fertile soil and average annual rainfall, potential yields can be quite high, especially with investments in rehabbing salt dams and planting salt resistant rice varieties.


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Post estimates milled rice consumption in selected countries at 7.7 million tons for MY 2012/13, and 8.2 million for MY 2013/14 which represents a 7 percent increase.

Most West African countries have established programs to boost rice production and increase rice consumption. By boosting local production, governments aim to rely less on imports to satisfy demand and therefore increase food security.

For MY 2014/15, post estimates consumption at 8.8 million tons which represents a 7 percent increase compared to MY 2013/14.

Burkina Faso

Post estimates MY 2013/14 rice consumption at 480,000 tons. Local milled rice production may only cover 42 percent of the demand. For MY 2013/14, per capita consumption is estimated at 35 kg/person/year.

Rice consumption is continuing to increase over the years, and the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) rice variety is the preferred rice variety.

Cote d’Ivoire

With the boom in local rice production, post estimates MY 2012/13 rice consumption at 1.7 million tons representing a 3 percent increase compared to the previous year. Rice is the most popular staple followed by corn and wheat.

For MY 2013/14, milled rice consumption is forecasted to reach 1.8 million tons with a per capita consumption of 71 kg per habitant per year.


Malians milled rice consumption is estimated to increase 10 percent in MY 2013/14 compared to MY 2012/13. Per capita consumption is estimated at 76 kg per habitant per year.

Malia grows two varieties of rice: Gambiaka and Nerica (New Variety of Rice for Africa). Gambiaka is the most preferred rice due to a better taste.


Post estimates Senegalese rice consumption at 1.4 million tons for MY 2013/14 representing 2 percent increase compared to a year ago. The Senegalese government hopes to boost local rice production to reach 1 million tons of milled rice by 2017. Therefore, local rice consumption is increasing especially in the big cities (i.e., Dakar and Thies). However, local production far from satisfies demand. The acceptance rate of local rice is increasing slowly, but Post believes that rice processors should also continue to improve quality.


Post believes that milled rice imports for MY 2013/14 will remain stable compared to MY 2012/13. However, Post estimates MY 2014/15 rice imports will decrease 6 percent as production levels increase.

Post estimates Cote d’Ivoire rice imports would decrease 13 percent while GOCI estimated rice imports to decrease 30 percent during MY 2013/14.

In Senegal, Post estimates MY 2013/14 rice imports to increase 10 percent compared to the previous year due to a reduction in rice production that year. (See table 1)

Burkina Faso

MY 2013/14 rice imports are estimated at 280, 000 tons representing 10 percent increase compared to previous year. (See Table 1)

Cote d’Ivoire

In MY 2012/13, rice imports reached 1.1 million tons. Post estimates MY 2013/14 rice import to decrease 13 percent (1.0 million tons) due to an increase in local rice production while GOCI indicates that rice imports decrease 30 percent from MY2012/13 to MY 2013/14. GOCI objective’s is to increase rice production in order to decrease rice imports and ensure food security.

In MY 2012/13, the top rice exporters to GOCI were Vietnam (34 percent), Thailand (230 percent), and India (24 percent).

At the beginning of the MY 2013/14 (Oct- Dec 2013), Vietnam continues to be the top supplier in rice for Cote d’Ivoire with 61 percent of the market share followed by Thailand (26 percent) and India (11 percent).


Post pegs Malian rice imports at 140, 000 tons for MY 2012/13. However, it may increase by 7 percent in MY 2013/14 due to a small rice production increase compared to the previous year.


Post estimates MY 2012/13 at 1.0 million tons of milled rice representing a 17 percent decrease compared to the previous year. Only 40 tons were exported to Mali in MY 2012/13. The top rice suppliers were India (63 percent of the market share), followed by Brazil (10 percent) and Thailand (3 percent). Only 612 tons were imported from the United States.

For MY 2013/14, Post estimates rice imports could increase by 100,000 tons due to a reduction in local rice production the same year.

For MY 2013/14, India continues to be the top supplier with 61 percent of the market share (134,000 tons) from October 2013 to December 2013 followed by Thailand (11 percent) and Brazil (14 percent)

Indian rice is cheaper than other supplier countries, and its quality is ordinary. The retail price for 50 kg bag is $25 compared to $42 for fragrant rice. Senegalese importers continue to buy from India which offers a better price even though the wealthier population prefers fragrant rice. Local rice is 12 percent more expensive than imported Indian rice ($28 for 50 kg bag).


Even though the market is liberalized, respective governments have the mandate to regulate the market. It was the case in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal in 2012 when rice prices increased, and the local population could barely afford it. Cote d’Ivoire even removed custom duties for three months.

Cote d’Ivoire

GOCI is determined to achieve self-sufficiency in rice by producing 2.0 million tons of milled rice by 2020. A real rice offensive is underway in the country. Many actors including the private sector, local and regional banks, and development partners are investing in the country. In addition, the Radio France International (RFI) reported that The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) donated $13 million to boost rice production. GOCI plans to ensure food security and start exporting rice by 2016.

Post believes that GOCI is on the way to reach self-sufficiency based on rice production increases (22 percent) from MY 2012/13 to MY 2013/14.


GOS has the responsibility to regulate the market for many staple foods including rice, sugar, cooking oil. In April 2012, GOS fixed maximum prices for rice sold in the local market in reaction to international price increases. Today, prices are lower than maximum prices fixed by the GOS in 2012.

Government of Senegal has a national policy to increase local rice production to reach self-sufficiency at 1 million tons of paddy rice by 2017. The director of the SAED3, newly nominated in October 2013 right after a Cochran training program in rice production and technology, has the ambition to increase local rice production in the country. A Senegalese private company specialized in leasing and rural equipment invested more than $14 million to buy 100 tractors and 50 harvesters. SAED signed an agreement with that company which may better assist farmers to increase rice production the delta valley.

3 SAED: Senegal River Delta Development and Exploitation Company has a state mandate for water management and can allocate land for family-run farms and other actors wishing to make investments.


Burkina Faso

GOBF play a strategic role in the distribution and promotion of rice through the SONAGESS which is the National Company that manages stock security. It buys paddy rice from farmers.


Local rice is well represented in Dakar, the capital city. It is sold by bag of 50 kg or 25kg by using rice importers and wholesalers distribution channels.

In the market, fragrant rice is also sold in small packages of 1 kg ($1.6) and 5 kg ($8 - $9) in markets and supermarkets. Customers who cannot afford to buy 50 kg bag ($42) of fragrant rice may purchase small packages on special occasions.


Mali local rice is sold to the market in bulk. (See photos 1 and 2). There three qualities of rice: long grain rice, intermediate, and 25 percent broken. Prices range from $0.8 to $0.6 per kg.

Photos 1 and 2: Local rice sold in bulk to the market in Bamako, Mali [Source: FAS-Dakar]

However, imported rice is sold in different size (5kg, 25kg and 50 kg) of colored and attractive bags. Rice is imported mainly from India, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. (See picture 3)

Photo 3: Imported rice sold in different sized bags in the market in Bamako, Mali [Source: FAS-Dakar]

FAS - USDA Cochran program on rice production and technology

From September 30 to October 14, 2013, the Cochran Fellowship Program (CFP) organized a Rice Production & Technology Program in coordination with FAS Dakar which recruited eleven (11) West African participants originated from country where rice is a predominant staple food: Senegal (8), Burkina Faso (2) and Cote d’Ivoire (1). Participants learned about the culture and history of rice in the United States, the different rice production systems and post-harvest technologies in South Carolina.

The program was designed by the University of California, Davis. Activities took place in South Carolina, Louisiana and California.

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