Ghana, located in West Africa, has a strong dependency on rice imports to meet its domestic consumption needs. According to GCB Strategy and Research commodities report on rice and sugar imports 2022, imported rice makes up 70% of domestic rice consumption and this figure is projected to grow especially with challenges facing local production.

Local rice production (30%) is expected to increase gradually in the coming years due to investment in the sector by Government through its PFJ program and gradual investment by private sector.

Ghana has experienced a rapid increase in rice consumption due to population growth, urbanization, changing dietary preferences, and lifestyle shifts. Rice has become a staple food and the second most important cereal after corn for many Ghanaians replacing traditional staples like maize and yam.

The demand for rice has consistently outpaced local production capacity, leading to a significant reliance on imports. According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) of Ghana, rice imports have been steadily increasing over the years due to challenges such as limited access to modern farming technologies, inadequate irrigation systems, and limited farmer knowledge and training.

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