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Building health research capacity | Nigeria's rice production

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 02 September 2020

 

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases. But the continent continues to lag behind other regions in research output. Less than 1% of the world’s research is produced in Africa. To help solve these health problems, the continent’s academic institutions need a stronger research capacity. Jude Igumbor takes a closer look at one of the initiatives, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa, which has successfully contributed to the continent’s population health research agenda.

Rice is a staple in Nigeria but the processing technique is fraught with inefficiencies. This results in rice that is either too expensive or of poor quality. Omobolaji Olubukunmi Obiesesan says the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture must focus on getting modern rice processing techniques to rice processors so they benefit from the opportunity that current government restrictions on imports present.

Ina Skosana

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