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The 5th regional CARI Stakeholder Conference was successfully held in Accra, October 2015
09.12.2015

The 5th regional CARI Stakeholder Conference was successfully held in Accra, October 2015
Learning and exchange to bring the rice sector forward. The conference was opened by the former President of the Republic of Ghana and the CARI chairman of the Steering Committee, His Excellency John A. Kufuor. 60 Representatives of the entire Rice Value Chain were present including actors from the public, private and civil society. The goal of the conference was to bring stakeholders together to discuss priorities, challenges and opportunities regarding the rice sector with a specific focus on Ghana. Stakeholders from Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Tanzania were also present to allow for regional learning and exchange. Participants discussed opportunities related to access to finance, mechanization, extension services and ICT, the integration of women into the rice value chain, marketing as well as ways to coordinate and monitor national rice strategies. The outcomes of the discussions formed the basis for strategic decisions on the way forward for the subsequent CARI Steering Committee meeting, held in Accra on the 23rd of October. kufuor His Excellency John A. Kufuor opening the CARI Stakeholder Conference  

Rice farmers receive boost with CARI project
09.12.2015

Rice farmers receive boost with CARI project
Business news of Thursday 19th Nov, 2015 "The demand for rice in the country has followed an upward trend for over a decade, but local supply has been trailing far behind -- often based on concerns about the quality of locally produced rice, with traders and consumers relying on imports to address the challenge. To address this challenge, TechnoServe Ghana has launched a project dubbed the ‘Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI)’ in a bid to improve the livelihoods of smallholder rice farmers in the country by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet demand." To Read more, please klick on the following link:

Rice sector needs revamping
09.12.2015

Rice sector needs revamping
Graphic business, Nov 2015, Ghana. "The Deputy Country Director of Technoserve, Mr. Samuel Baba Adongo, has called for collective efforts to revamp the country's rice sector. According to him, the rice sector remains an untapped national resource that bears enormous potential of solving the country's food needs, alleviating rural poverty and creating wealth. Please klick on the link to read the full article..

MoU signed between CARI and Union Bank on Access to Finance
09.12.2015

MoU signed between CARI and Union Bank on Access to Finance
CARI has signed an MoU with Union Bank in Nigeria in order to improve access to financial services for CARI beneficiaries. The MoU is an important step in defining a framework for cooperation between the bank and CARI. The aims at facilitating access to affordable finance for CARI partners for working capital, short and long term loans for expansion, equity capital or diversification of their current business model. For Union Bank the partnership is a vehicle to increase their agribusiness portfolio by unlocking new customers along the rice value chain. _DSC0034 Dr. Stefan Kachelriess-Matthess ( Program Director CARI) and representatives of Union Bank signing the MoU.

CARI’s innovation displayed at Agra Innovate 2015!
09.12.2015

CARI’s innovation displayed at Agra Innovate 2015!
Together with other programs of GIZ-Nigeria, CARI participated at the Agra Innovate 2015 in Lagos between 24th and 26th of November, 2015. CARI fosters its mission to establish high-quality rice among small-scale farmers by developing their human capacity to enhance business skills and good agricultural practices. CARI has developed and deployed different innovations to tackle problems in the small-scale production of rice. However, much remains to be done. At Agra Innovate 2015, CARI’s innovations caught attention of the farmers and the Nigerian agricultural stakeholders—most especially the newly introduced false-bottom being adopted by CARI farmers to steam paddy at the stage of parboiling. Also, the picture blocks that enable farmers to understand good agricultural practices and Farmer Business School manuals were fascinating to the participants.The Staff of GIZ spent time explaining CARI goals and innovations to participants. Result of the Agra innovate 2015 is evident as many turned up to collaborate with CARI at various level of the rice value chain. agrinet

1st CARI ‘Rice Stakeholder Meeting’ successfully held in Abuja
17.06.2015

1st CARI ‘Rice Stakeholder Meeting’ successfully held in Abuja
[caption id="attachment_328" align="alignright" width="300"]CARI Stakeholder Meeting Participants at 'CARI Rice Stakeholder Meeting' in Abuja, Nigeria[/caption]

In April 2015, the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) successfully held the 1st Rice Stakeholder Meeting in Abuja – a platform to share knowledge and exchange ideas.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss priorities, challenges, and opportunities of the African rice value chain to enhance the delivery of the program. Participants from the public and private sector engaged in fruitful discussions with regard to access to finance, analyzing relevant business models of value chain actors as well as looking into ways to enhance the policy landscape.

Participants were encouraged to continue to explore opportunities to work together in order to further strengthen the sector to build a sustainable African rice value chain.

For the full documentation of the meeting, please follow this link CARI Rice Stakeholder Meeting



Watch! CARI farmers share their success stories
17.06.2015

Watch! CARI farmers share their success stories
youtube buttonCARI’s technical and financial assistance has positively impacted rice value chain actors in Nigeria. Through the delivery of trainings and the supply of quality inputs, CARI has enabled farmers to grow rice two times a year. By farming rice not only in the rainy season, but also in the dry season, farmers can double their incomes and significantly improve their livelihoods. Watch this short video to see farmers tell their success stories!  Please Watch!   

Value Links training for Agricultural Value Chains held in Abuja, Nigeria
17.06.2015

Value Links training for Agricultural Value Chains held in Abuja, Nigeria
The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI), Sustainable Small-holder Agri-Business (SSAB) and Pro-poor Growth and Employment Promotion in Nigeria (SEDIN), jointly conducted a Value Links training specifically designed for agricultural value chains. The one week training aimed at building the capacity of project staff and partners to analyze and upgrade value chains. Participants learnt how to analyze value chains, identify and prioritize upgrading solutions and facilitate the process of value chain development. The business model canvas – a tool to assess business performance and design solutions – was applied to small-holders and processors in the respective agricultural value chains. Tools for the financial analysis of business models (e.g. cost and revenue calculation, benefit-cost ratio, return on investment) were explained and case studies presented to exemplify their application. Participants actively took part in debates and group works and appreciated how business model analysis complements and contributes to value chain assessment. The course was conducted by Mr Andreas Springer-Heinze, GIZ Senior Planning Officer, and Mr Yohannes Afework, consultant, who developed tailored-made training sessions to address the specificities of the three value chains at stake.