There’s a saying in Sierra Leone that unless you have eaten rice, you haven’t eaten for that day. Yet, despite good conditions for growing this simple grain, a trip around the markets of Freetown reveals that the country is importing plenty of rice.
The first AGI podcast looks at this "Rice Conundrum" - it features an interview with Professor Monty Jones, Minister of Agriculture in Sierra Leone as well as talking to rice producers about why locally grown ‘country rice’ isn’t more widely available.
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Selling rice in a market in Freetown, this woman shows us that she sells only imported rice.
Jonathan interviewing Donald Smart, the owner of Mountain Lion Rice, about pushing against the tide of imported rice.
Staff taking a mid-day break at Mountain Lion Rice.
[Photo credit: Olivia Acland]