Towards sustainable rice processing: A case of Republic of Benin

Afolabi R.I.Biaou Olaye, Paul A. Adedeji, Koessi L.B. Zokpodo, Jean Moreira

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Rice, a staple food in the sub-Saharan Africa is a recipient of the effect of population increase, with higher consumption than production. Being a common food in the Sub-Saharan Africa, the sustainability of its growth and processing contribute immensely to achieving food security in the region. This study addresses the problem by designing, fabricating and evaluating the performance of a locally-made threshing-cleaning machine for rice processing, tested on two common rice species in The Republic of Benin. The machine was tested for speed, fuel and water consumption, and production output at loaded and unloaded conditions. Average fuel and water consumption differ between the two rice species at maximum engine speed. The machine produces 1780.5 kg and 1475 kg of IR 841 and Orylux 6 rice per hour respectively. The machine has a high fuel and water economy and offers high prospect in achieving food security in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Food security
  • Performance evaluation
  • Republic of Benin
  • Rice
  • Threshing-cleaning machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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