Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Milling – October 24th in Abuja

Please join us on October 24th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Michael Johnson. In the seminar, titled "Analysis of the policy options for expanding output and improving performance of the rice milling sector in Nigeria," Dr. Johnson will present his current research on rice mills in Nigeria, focusing on Nigeria's domestic potential to compete with imports and the policy options to reform the milling sector to increase the quality of domestic rice. For the full abstract, please see below.

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Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room
No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street
Off Oro-Ago Crescent
Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja
(Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)

RSVP: Email a.y.bashir@cgiar.org before the 23rd of October.

We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.


The Nigerian government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in rice production by 2015 under its current Agricultural Transformation Agenda, or ATA. The potential to succeed in this quest will depend a lot on how well the government can maintain its policies and investments to improve the postharvest segment of the rice value chain in order to improve quality and compete more effectively with imports.  Simply growing more rice paddy will not guarantee the displacement of imports so long as the processing sector is neither able to absorb the increase nor improve product quality. The objective of this study is to review and assess the policy alternatives and potential for Nigeria to transform its domestic rice milling sector and become more competitive with imports in order to ultimately displace them over time. More specifically, the study examines a number of key policy questions: Is there potential to the improve quality and competitiveness of the final domestic rice product in domestic markets? Are there differential abilities and efficiencies among existing mill types (small to large) to supply the domestic market? Are there lessons that can be drawn from elsewhere in West Africa and Asia? To answer these questions, a survey of the literature, field data, and use of a spatial equilibrium model were adopted.