Dr. Kayode Sanni

Project Manager


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports the Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design, TELA, and the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa and the projects. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has previously provided core funding for operational support and the WEMA project.

Vision of Success/Goal

Use of hybrid rice seeds by African rice farmers grows by at least 10% within the next 8-10 years


• Develop 2-line hybrid rice and parental lines that are well adapted to African conditions
• Stimulate private seed companies towards sustainable utilization and commercialization of the Hybrid Rice
• Strengthen the technical capacity of private seed companies in 2-line hybrid technology to ensure continuous breeding, hybrid rice production, release and commercialization
• Develop an IT tool with interpolated weather surfaces to predict temperature regimes and manage 2-line hybrid rice production risk

• Higher rice yields at 7-10 tonnes per hectare under good agronomic practices compared to current 3 tonnes per hectare

• Earlier maturity at only 90–120 days compared to 135–150 days for other varieties

• Gain an average of US$350 to US$1,000 per hectare more than with the commercially available varieties

Hybrid Rice varieties are as competitive as imported rice in terms of grain quality and affordability

Parental lines are available for the use of Private seed companies for continuous breeding, seed production and marketing

Farmers will be able to access the Hybrid Rice seed from their agro-dealers once released

Key Numbers

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Number of Hybrid Rice varieties released to market

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Yield in tonnes per hectare with Hybrid Rice compared to 3 tonnes per hectare for commercially…

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Promising parental lines in the breeding pipeline

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350 - 1000

In USD - Estimated financial gain to farmers per hectare of hybrid rice