New genotypes and irrigation management to boost rice micronutrient levels in Ghana


GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 2





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About the project

UK-registered Partner: Lancaster Environment Centre – Ian Dodd
Africa-registered Partner: Wienco Ghana Ltd – Patricia Amankwaa-Yeboah

Micronutrient deficiency (hidden hunger) is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in those who have predominantly rice-based diets. Alternate wetting and drying (AWD) is a water-saving irrigation technique that allows the same crop yields with less irrigation, and may boost grain nutritional content of selected rice genotypes. We need to understand whether AWD is attractive for farmers to implement, whether it boosts rice micronutrient content, and the consumer decision-making process when making rice purchases.

Using field trials with different genotypes / irrigation management as a focal point for study, we will measure grain micronutrient status and interview farmers about their irrigation management, and consumers about their buying preferences to establish if there is a market for water-saving, nutrient enriched rice.

Learn more about the project in this recording from our recent GCRF AgriFood Africa Project Showcase event.


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