I was privileged to be nominated by the Zambian government under the Ministry of Agriculture to attend a 5 months training course on improvement of rice cultivation techniques and rice production for African countries in Cairo, Egypt with 16 other participants from 9 different African countries including 1 other participant from Zambia. This training which am currently undergoing is administered by the Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The objective of this training course is to equip Africans working in the Ministry of Agriculture in their countries and in rice related projects with knowledge and skills in improved rice production techniques. This training stems from the realization that the demand for rice in African countries is increasing but the production and productivity is still lagging behind. Therefore, the production consumption gap continues to widen, thereby increasing the quantities and cost of rice importation.