Kenya specifically and Africa are facing food insecurity, seemingly more over time and at an increasingly rapid rate. While we have focused on using increased rice yields through the development of use of hybrid rice seed. Now however, we see the values of hybrid rice in its ability to reduce the land, water and chemical inputs required for each kilogram of milled rice eaten by consumers. More total rice for consumers, produced with less water, land and inputs
In tests across Africa, hybrids are producing as much as- tons of additional yield per hectare planted. On average, they outyiled local varieties of rice by 1.5 to2.5 tones. Saying it another way, with every hectare of rice hybrids planted by farmers, between 1 and 4 tones of additional rice is avail to African consumers for consumption.
Today Africa imports over 12M metric tons of milled rice. The widespread use of rice hybrids could eliminate most or all of the deficient. If a country or region requires 1,000,000MT of rice to feed its population for a year, and average rice yields are 2 MT of milled rice per hectare, it will take 500,000 hectares of land, 5T m3 of water, 50,000MT of fertilizer, 750,000l of herbicide, etc to produce that grain. If a hybrid produces 4MT of milled rice per ha, 250,000 ha of land with CO2 emmions, 2.5T m3 of water,25,000MT of fertilizer, etc will be saved producing the same amount of rice for consumption. Rice hybrids are going to have a dramatic effect on African food security through the combination of increased yield and reduced inputs per ton of rice consumed, even without taking into account the increased drought tolerance of hybrids as compared to varietal rice.