West Africa’s rice import bill, already high for many capitals, promises to be even steeper. In early September, India, the world’s leading exporter of this cereal since 2012, and a leading supplier in the West African zone, has announced that it will limit its exports to favor its national market.
How to get Africa out of its dependence on imported cereals
The two measures taken – a ban on the export of broken rice and the introduction of a 20% tax on exports of other types of high quality rice – could complicate the supply of the majority of West African countries, which are still largely dependent on Indian rice despite their efforts to increase national production.
Senegal, a major consumer of broken rice, is the first country affected by New Delhi’s decision: India insured 55% of its imports on the country