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The Nigerian Rice Economy
Policy Options for Transforming Production, Marketing, and Trade

Edited by Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, Michael Johnson, and Hiroyuki Takeshima

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 36 illus.
Cloth 2016 | ISBN 9780812248951 | $75.00s | Add to cart || Outside USA | £65.00
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9780812293753 | $75.00s | £49.00 | Add to cart || About
Published for the International Food Policy Research Institute

Rice has become one of Nigeria's leading food staples. And rice consumption has outpaced production, making Nigeria the world's leading importer of rice. As a result, reducing import dependence is now a major goal of Nigerian policymakers.

In The Nigerian Rice Economy the authors assess three options for reducing this dependency—tariffs and other trade policies; increasing domestic rice production; and improving post-harvest rice processing and marketing—and identify improved production and postharvest activities as the most promising. These options, however, will require substantially increased public investments in a variety of areas, including research and development, basic infrastructure (for example, irrigation, feeder roads, and electricity), and rice milling technologies.

The analysis, methods used, and recommendations provided in The Nigerian Rice Economy will be equally valuable to a broad range of readers including researchers, development specialists, students, and others concerned with applications of food policy analysis and economic development more broadly in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa south of the Sahara.

Contributors: Akeem Ajibola, Xinshen Diao, Paul A. Dorosh, Oluyemisi Kuku-Shittu, Mehrab Malek, Bakare Samuel Oladele.

Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong is Professor of Economics at the University of South Florida.

Michael Johnson is a senior research fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC.

Hiroyuki Takeshima is a research fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division of IFPRI, Washington, DC.

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