Rice is a staple consumed every part of Africa, the complete supplement to meat, fish or stew. Besides at 20 million tons a year and increasing, Africans just can’t get sufficient of it.

But the mainland, which has 60% of the world’s unpolished arable land, imports nearly half the rice it needs, estimating governments billions of dollars.

The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has tossed an ambitious plan to grow enough rice for the country to convert self-sufficient within two years.

Yet, to overcome their rice shortfall, countries like the Gambia will have to capitalize not only in the competence of their farmers, but also in expertise.