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Rice Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Identifies huge potential of a rice Green Revolution in sub-Saharan Africa based on a decade of field research

  • Demonstrates the utmost importance of rice cultivation training for sustainably improving productivity

  • Provides evidence about the roles of mechanization and irrigation in intensification and productivity growth

Part of the book series: Natural Resource Management and Policy (NRMP, volume 56)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Rice Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues and Opportunities

      • Keijiro Otsuka, Yukichi Mano, Kazushi Takahashi
      Pages 3-24Open Access
  3. Training as a Central Development Strategy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. The Role of Extension in the Green Revolution

      • Kazushi Takahashi, Keijiro Otsuka
      Pages 27-44Open Access
  4. Complementary Development Strategies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-141
    2. Intensification of Rice Farming: The Role of Mechanization and Irrigation

      • Hiroyuki Takeshima, Yukichi Mano
      Pages 143-160Open Access
    3. Mechanization in Cote d'Ivoire: Impacts of Tractorization on Agricultural Intensification

      • Yukichi Mano, Kazushi Takahashi, Keijiro Otsuka
      Pages 161-176Open Access
    4. Mechanization in Tanzania: Impact of Tractorization on Intensification and Extensification of Rice Farming

      • Eustadius Francis Magezi, Yuko Nakano, Takeshi Sakurai
      Pages 177-194Open Access
    5. Irrigation in Kenya: Economic Viability of Large-Scale Irrigation Construction

      • Masao Kikuchi, Yukichi Mano, Timothy N. Njagi, Douglas J. Merrey, Keijiro Otsuka
      Pages 195-221Open Access
    6. Rice Milling in Kenya: An Inquiry into the Process of Upgrading Rice Milling Services

      • Yukichi Mano, Timothy N. Njagi, Keijiro Otsuka
      Pages 245-271Open Access
    7. Toward Quality Upgrading of Rice Production in SSA: Experimental Evidence from Northern Ghana

      • Tatsuya Ogura, Joseph A. Awuni, Takeshi Sakurai
      Pages 273-295Open Access
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 297-297
    2. Toward a Full-Fledged Rice Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa

      • Keijiro Otsuka, Yukichi Mano, Kazushi Takahashi
      Pages 299-309Open Access

About this book

This open access book seeks effective strategy to realize a rice Green Revolution in sub-Saharan Africa based on more than ten years of research team’s inquiries into determinants and consequences of new technology adoption in rice farming in seven countries in this region. Rigorous statistical analyses are carried out by using valuable household data of rice farmers. The book is actually sequel to the two earlier books on the same subject published by Springer and edited by K. Otsuka and D.F. Larson, An African Green Revolution published in 2013 and In Pursuit of an African Green Revolution in 2016. The main message of the first book was that rice is the most promising cereal crop in SSA because of the high transferability of Asian rice technology, whereas that of the second book was that rice cultivation training programs are effective in significantly increasing rice yield in SSA. This third book has wider coverage in terms of topics, study periods, and study sites. It continues to show the significant impacts of rice cultivation training on productivity and newly demonstrates the high sustainability of the productivity impact of the training and the existence of spillover effects from trainees to other farmers by using panel data. We newly assess the important role of mechanization in intensification of rice farming, high returns to large-scale irrigation schemes, and the critical role of rice millers in improving the quality of milled rice. Based on these studies, this book provides clear pathways toward full-fledged Green Revolution in rice farming in sub-Saharan Africa.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

    Keijiro Otsuka

  • Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan

    Yukichi Mano

  • Graduate School of Policy Studies, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan

    Kazushi Takahashi

About the editors

Keijiro Otsuka is a professor of development economics at the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University and an executive senior research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies - JETRO, in Japan since 2016. He received Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1979. Prior to joining Kobe University, he was a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies from 2001 to 2016 and a core member of the World Development Report: Jobs at the World Bank from 2011 to 2012. He was a chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute from 2004 to 2007, the president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists from 2009 to 2012, and is currently the president of the Japanese Association for Development Economics. He majors in Green Revolution, land tenure and land tenancy, natural resource management, poverty reduction, and industrial development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has published 146 articles in internationally renowned journals and is a coauthor or coeditor of 26 books. He received Purple Ribbon Medal from the Japanese Government in 2010 and is a member of the Japan Academy since 2018. He also received the Quality of Research Discovery Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1992, Nikkei Outstanding Book Publication Award from the Japan Economic Journal in 1995 and 2004, and the Best Journal Article Award from the Agricultural Economics Society of Japan in 1999. He was selected as an honorary life member of International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2012, a fellow of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in 2013, and a distinguished fellow of African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2013. 
Yukichi Mano is a professor at Hitotsubashi University, Japan, and is a fellow at Tokyo Center for Economic Research (TCER). Before joining Hitotsubashi University, he was an assistant professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) from 2007 to 2012. He received B.A. in Economics and Master in Social Science from 
Tokyo Metropolitan University, and his Master and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2007. His scholarly interests include agricultural technology adoption, horticulture and high-valued crop production, business and management training (KAIZEN), human capital investment, migration and remittance, and universal health coverage in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has published his research mainly in agricultural and development economics journals, including agricultural 
economics, world development, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Development Studies, and Journal of Population Economics.


Kazushi Takahashi is a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and is a director of the GRIPS Global Governance Program, Japan. Before joining GRIPS, he was an associate professor and a professor at Sophia University from 2015 to 2019, a visiting research fellow at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management of Cornell University from 2010 to 2012, and a research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organization from 2006 to 2015. He received his B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University and both his Master in International Development Studies and Ph.D. in Development Economics from GRIPS. His scholarly interests include agricultural technology adoption, rural poverty dynamics, microfinance, human capital investment, and aid effectiveness in Asia and sub-Saharan African countries. He has published his research in major agricultural and development economics journals, such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Developing Economies, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Bank Economic Review, and World Development. He serves on the editorial board of Developing Economies in 2009–2010 and 2012–2015 as well as the associate editor of Food Security from 2021.

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