What is a Rice Sector Development Hub? 

Rice Sector Development Hubs or 'Rice Hubs' are regions where research products and services and local innovations are integrated across the rice value chain to achieve development outcomes and impact. These regions were selected by national partners of AfricaRice in 2011/2012 based on the following criteria: 

importance of target growth environment for the country 

  • large production area to have high impact
  • easy accessibility (to avoid high transportation costs)
  • linkage with major national or regional rice development efforts
  • existence of important value chain actors (rice millers, input dealers, rice market).