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The African Competitive Rice Initiative (CARI) at the Agra Innovate 2017, Lagos, Nigeria
01.12.2016

The African Competitive Rice Initiative (CARI) at the Agra Innovate 2017, Lagos, Nigeria
From 23 – 25th of November CARI and four other GIZ programmes participated at the third Agra Innovate West Africa, the region's leading crop production, processing and manufacturing tradeshow in Lagos.CARI exhibited trainings material, parboiling vessels and its partners’ produce to a highly interested audience.To promote their products two CARI partners joined the trade fair; Michael Okunoye from ONYX Bida Rice Mills Ltd. and Stephanie Okpere from eHealth Nigeria. As the local rice expert Michael answered questions regarding production areas and methods, rice varieties, processing facilities and distribution channels. Stefanie on the other hand represented the diversification component of the CARI project, promoting the orange flesh sweet potato, which is highly nutritious and Vitamin A rich. The most frequently question to the CARI team and its partners was “Where can I buy it?”, showing the great interest and demand for the products. img_9285

CARI successfully implements trainings on Agricultural Value Chain Financing
01.12.2016

CARI successfully implements trainings on Agricultural Value Chain Financing
p1000297 About 20 million people in Nigeria get their main source of income from subsistence/ commercial farming. Many of these people have no or limited access to finance. The resulting gap between the supply and demand of agricultural finance is estimated at a minimum of USD $4billion per annum. The African Competitive Rice Initiative (CARI) and Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) engage in enhancing the access to finance for small-holder famers by cooperating with private and public banks to increase awareness of the sector’s needs and the opportunities agricultural lending offers. For this purpose two trainings for Agricultural Value Chain Financing for bankers were organized in Lagos and Abuja. The main objectives are to improve the understanding of management principles of agriculture as a business with a focus on primary producers, their characteristics, objectives and the management of production factors along the production cycle. The training also covers value chain financing/services and business models for sustainable and commercially viable agricultural enterprises. 43 representatives from various private commercial and microfinance banks as well as from public banks and from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development participated. The overall feedback was very positive and CARI received numerous requests for further trainings. The next training is planned for January 2017.  

CARI actively supports the development of policies for the rice sector together with the John A. Kufuor Foundation
01.12.2016

CARI actively supports the development of policies for the rice sector together with the John A. Kufuor Foundation
In order to improve the policy framework for rice sector development in the CARI countries the John A. Kufuor Foundation (JAK) supports private sector led advocacy platforms to prepare policy papers. The policy papers were developed with joint participation of relevant stakeholders of the private sector in the context of a comprehensive study. The study determined the most important policy requirements in the rice sector. As a result a total of 12 thematic papers were developed and shared with the relevant government agencies in the respective countries. The full versions of the policy papers can be downloaded below.

  1. Burkina Faso: Rice quality and market
  2. Burkina Faso: Access to finance
  3. Burkina Faso: Access to mechanization
  4. Ghana: Access to finance
  5. Ghana: Grain standardization
  6. Ghana:ICT
  7. Ghana: Mechanization
  8. Nigeria: Sustainable solution to climate change in Africa
  9. Nigeria: Access to finance
  10. Nigeria: Extension services
  11. Nigeria: Post-harvest losses
  12. Tanzania: RCT position paper


CARI Tanzania partners exchange ideas in national learning event
29.11.2016

CARI Tanzania partners exchange ideas in national learning event
The CARI 2016 national workshop was organized by Kilimo Trust to provide CARI partners as well as stakeholders of the rice value chain to share their valuable experiences. Throughout the one day workshop key challenges were addressed as well as way forwards to generate further investments in the rice sector in Tanzania. Follow the link for the full workshop report including lessons learnt and presentations on mechanization, rice markets and consumer preferences, rice processing and policy.

GOOD PRACTICES FOR EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES
23.11.2016

GOOD PRACTICES FOR EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES
Extension advisory services (EAS) support smallholders to improve the productivity and efficiency of their farms and to take decisions on the outlook of their business. Extension advisory services include not only government extension services, but also services organised and funded by private companies along their supply chains – for example, a food processor or a commodity aggregator may establish an out grower scheme and employ its own extension agents. Both public and private EAS assist smallholders to improve production of one or a few lead crops, which are either exported (e.g. cacao, coffee, spices, cotton) or consumed as staples in local diets (e.g. rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes). These crops generate comparatively high profit margins and enjoy significant market demand. By supporting their production and linking smallholders to markets, EAS contribute to increasing the incomes of rural populations. However, the smallholders and households addressed by EAS are not only cash poor. They are often food insecure and suffer chronic or acute forms of malnutrition. This impacts on the physical and cognitive growth of children, and reduces productivity and the ability of household members to carry out agricultural work. Lacking or highly variable income is one cause of food insecurity and malnutrition. But higher incomes do not automatically translate into improved nutrition. Poor eating habits, lack of knowledge about good nutrition practices, and limited access to diverse food items are other important determinants. Even when incomes are rising, households might prioritise expenditures that are not relevant to improving nutrition (e.g. communication, mobility). This is why EAS need to identify and address the nutritional needs of rural households and to mainstream nutrition-sensitive messages in their service provision. This note reviews selected instruments that EAS can use for this purpose. Please follow the link for the full note : cari-good-practice-note-for-extension-and-advisory-services  

CARI conducted a contract farming training for millers in Nigeria on the 26-28th of October
18.11.2016

CARI conducted a contract farming training for millers in Nigeria on the 26-28th of October
contract-farming CARI in collaboration with Green innovation Centers has conducted a 2nd training on contract farming for rice millers in Nigeria. With the growing demand for locally produced paddy for quality milled rice, CARI has identified the need for millers to build and strengthen contract farming and out grower relationships with local paddy producers / small holder farmers. This ensures adequate quality as well as continuous supply of paddy for a sustainable rice value chain in Nigeria. The training was targeted to managers of rice mills and other actors in rice value chain. The aim was to build capacities around contract farming skills. The training focused on; introduction of contract farming as an inclusive business model, initiating, planning, implementing and monitoring a successful contract farming scheme, and an overview of the Nigeria Commodity Exchange. The participants expressed their satisfaction for the knowledge acquired by supporting their interest with an individual action plan for implementing the lessons learnt from the contract farming scheme.  

GIZ is looking for an advisor on value chain development for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Ghana
18.11.2016

GIZ is looking for an advisor on value chain development for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Ghana
Your responsibility is to support and supervise the design, implementation and monitoring of projects to support small scale farmers in cooperation with the private and the public sector and civil society organisations. You will support a professional team of value chain advisers from partner organisations and serve as link between two GIZ supported programms, the Green Innovations Centre for Agriculture and Food Sector and the Competitive African Rice Initiative (www.cari-project.org) . You will work in the context of international cooperation with other African and expatriate staff. You will work with a focus on Ghanaian operation but linking up and sharing experiences with colleagues from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Tanzania. You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the project in Ghana for training/capacity building activities, business skills development, design of financial service, improved linkages along the value chain, collaboration amongst actors, improved marketing of rice products and contribute to policy advocacy and give strategic advice. You bring leadership support and management skills to the team. You have experiences in the promotion of agricultural value chains and a proven record of your advisory skills in projects cooperating with the private sector. You like to work in a dynamic environment, are able to adjust to changing conditions and provide guidance by developing concepts and you support, advice and allocate resources according to plans and opportunities in line with the objectives of the project. You have a background in agriculture, private sector development or economics. You gathered at least 5 years of experience of which at least three years in a comparable position. Previous GIZ experience is an asset. Please send in your application to hr-ghana@giz.de Please use the following link to see the full job description. Full job description

GIZ is looking for an ADVISOR ON RICE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Nigeria.
18.11.2016

GIZ is looking for an ADVISOR ON RICE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Nigeria.
On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh is implementing the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) with the aim to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers in selected African countries by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing regional demand. Your responsibility is to support and supervise the design, implementation and monitoring of projects to support small scale farmers in cooperation with the private and the public sector and civil society organisations. You will be part of a professional team of value chain advisers of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (www.cari-project.org) .  You will work in the context of international cooperation with other African and expatriate staff. You will work with a focus on Nigerian operation but linking up and sharing experiences with colleagues from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Tanzania. You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of project activities in Nigeria for training/capacity building activities, business skills development, design of financial service, improved linkages along the value chain, collaboration amongst actors, improved marketing of rice products and contribute to policy advocacy and give strategic advice. You bring leadership support and management skills to the team. You have experiences in the promotion of agricultural value chains and a proven record of your advisory skills in projects cooperating with the private sector. You like to work in a dynamic environment, are able to adjust to changing conditions and provide guidance by developing concepts and you support, advice and allocate resources according to plans and opportunities in line with the objectives of the project. You have a background in agriculture, private sector development or economics. You gathered at least 5 years of experience of which at least three years in a comparable position. Previous GIZ experience is an asset. Full details are found in the job description under http://www.jobberman.com/job/490250/value-chain-adviser-deutsche-gesellschaft-fuer-internationale-zusammenarbeit-giz-gmbh-in-abuja/ Please send in your application to hr-nigeria@giz.de

CARI successfully held it's 7th semi-annual Stakeholder Conference in Ouagadougou, 9th of November
18.11.2016

CARI successfully held it's 7th semi-annual Stakeholder Conference in Ouagadougou, 9th of November

7e conférence des acteurs de la filière riz : Un cadre de partage d’expériences en matière de promotion de la filière en Afrique

Une importante rencontre des acteurs de la filière riz s’est ouverte le mercredi 9 novembre 2016, à Ouagadougou sous la présidence du représentant du ministre de l’agriculture et des aménagements hydrauliques, Moussa Maïga.
7e conférence des acteurs de la filière riz : Un cadre de partage d’expériences en matière de promotion de la filière en Afrique       Ce cadre de concertation international a été initié par le programme développement de l’agriculture de la Coopération technique Allemande (GIZ), dans le sillage du projet Competitive african rice initiative (CARI). Un projet financé par le ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement et la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates. Sa finalité est d’améliorer de façon significative les moyens de subsistance des petits exploitants agricoles au Ghana, Nigéria, Tanzanie et au Burkina Faso. Pour ce dernier pays, quatre promoteurs, à savoir, la rizerie Wend Yam de Bobo, l’Union nationale des étuveuses de riz du Burkina, la rizerie Faso malo de Bama et la rizerie Wend Konta de Bagré ont effectivement été retenus comme bénéficiaires du projet. Et chacun de ces promoteurs est porteur d’un « Matching Project », subventionné à 40%, et la contrepartie de 60% financée par chaque promoteur. La rencontre d’échanges de Ouagadougou se veut être un cadre de partage d’expériences en matière de promotion de la filière riz en Afrique. C’est également le lieu de faire le bilan à mi-parcours de la mise en œuvre du projet CARI. Etaient présents, des représentants de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates, de la coopération Allemande et de la Fondation John A. Kufuor, venus des Etats-Unis, d’Allemagne, des Pays-Bas, de Tanzanie, du Niger, du Sénégal, du Ghana et du Burkina Faso. Au Burkina Faso, parmi les céréales cultivées, le riz occupe la 4ème place, a relevé le représentant du ministre de l’agriculture et des aménagements hydrauliques, Moussa Maïga. La valeur ajoutée du riz est estimée à 8 milliards de F CFA avec une production nationale de riz paddy de plus de 325 tonnes. Malgré cette hausse récente de la production, les importations de riz ont connu une augmentation dont le montant a excédé 38 milliards de F CFA depuis 2011, a-t-il soutenu. La production nationale ne couvre que seulement 37% des besoins de consommation. Paradoxalement, le pays dispose du potentiel aménageable en bas-fonds et en périmètre irrigués estimés respectivement à 233 500 et 500 000 hectares pour la production rizicole. C’est au regard de cette situation que le Programme développement de l’agriculture a décidé depuis 2010, d’accompagner et de promouvoir la filière riz. Et l’occasion de cette conférence internationale des acteurs de la filière riz a été saisie, dira M. Maïga, pour saluer non seulement l’approche de la GIZ basée sur la promotion du secteur privé et de l’entreprenariat. Aussi, il a exhorté les participants à engager des échanges constructifs dans une perspective de consolidation et de durabilité des actions entreprises. Par ailleurs, Moussa Maïga a exprimé la volonté du gouvernement à accompagner et poursuivre cette initiative, cela en collaboration avec tous les acteurs et intervenants nationaux et internationaux. Avant d’annoncer la fin du projet prévue pour décembre 2017. « Nous avons déjà négocié une petite extension de la phase I, jusqu’au maximum 2018. Donc, on ne va pas vous quitter tout de suite », a rétorqué un des partenaires financiers. Par ailleurs, une deuxième phase du projet est en préparation. Et M. Maïga de préciser : « Il s’agit pour nous de saisir cette occasion pour renouveler notre intérêt à pouvoir bénéficier de la deuxième phase du projet CARI au regard de son impact sur la filière riz au Burkina ». Le riz est considéré comme créateur de chaine de valeur. A ce titre, il devrait être présenté à la semaine verte à Berlin afin de mieux exposer à l’opinion publique allemande les efforts qui sont faits dans la filière et les succès obtenus, a déclaré le représentant de la République fédérale d’Allemagne, Joerg Meyer. En rappel, le rêve de CARI est d’impacter 122 000 producteurs à l’horizon 2017. Pour le Burkina Faso, il vise à améliorer la base alimentaire et les revenus de 12 000 producteurs de riz dont 30% de femmes, et les intégrer dans des modèles d’affaires durables et compétitifs qui conduisent à une augmentation de la production et une amélioration de la qualité du paddy. Aïssata Laure G. Sidibé
Lefaso.net
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Call for tender for conducting a yield survey for CARI
11.07.2016

Call for tender for conducting a yield survey for CARI
CALL FOR TENDER COMPETITIVE AFRICAN RICE INITIATIVE (CARI) The competitive African Rice Initiative wishes to announce its call for tender for the conduction of a yield survey for the wet season 2016 in Ghana and Nigeria. CARI intends to engage a Consultant/Consulting firm/Research Institution/Other Organization to conduct a yield survey in CARI’s area of implementation in Ghana and Nigeria. CARI is looking for one institution per country to implement the study.

The objectives of this assignment include: 1.  To obtain representative yield data of smallholder rice farmers in CARI’s area of implementation in Nigeria and Ghana by conducting crop cutting experiments 2.  To assess the agricultural techniques applied by smallholder rice farmers and 3.  To compare agricultural practices of smallholder farmers in different production bands (i.e. compare agricultural techniques of farmers at different productivity levels).
Accordingly, GIZ invites interested and qualified Consultants/Consulting firms/ Research Institution/Other Organization to express their interest to conduct the yield survey in Ghana or Nigeria. For more information on where to send the expression of interest (EOI) to in the different countries please follow the links below to download the EOI for each county:
For NigeriaNigeria 2 Expression of Interest Nigeria Submission deadline of EOI: 26th of July
For Ghanaghana 2 Expression of Interest Ghana Submission deadline of EOI: 29th of July     


CARI organizes exchange visit for West African rice stakeholders in Thailand, February 2016
20.05.2016

CARI organizes exchange visit for West African rice stakeholders in Thailand, February 2016
resize Baan Umsaeng The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) collaborated with Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA) to organize a study visit programme on Rice Value Chain in Thailand, on 14-20 February 2016, for project partners from West Africa (WA) to directly learn from stakeholders in the Thai rice value chain, what it takes to be a leader in the global rice industry. BRIA is a sister project of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood system. Participating in this visit were 14 professionals selected from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria, who represent a range of professions from producers, service providers, to workers for government extension and advocacy organizations. They have good knowledge about rice supply chains in their country. Please follow the link for the full report on the exchange visit to Thailand.

Mechanization Workshop held by CARI in Abuja, May 2016
20.05.2016

Mechanization Workshop held by CARI in Abuja, May 2016
    _DSC0100 In collaboration with other GIZ programs (SEDIN and GIAE), CARI organized a two days’ workshop on smallholder mechanization for rice production. The workshop took place from the 3rd to 4th of April, 2016 in Rockview Hotel Abuja, Nigeria. The objectives of the workshop were as follows:

  • assess mechanization needs of small-holder rice producers in Nigeria
  • suggest home grown technologies / solutions to small scale mechanization
  • domestically sourcing for equipments and adjustments to available equipments that can match existing conditions
  • presentation of business models for small-holder mechanization and accessing existing aids from financial institutions and possible financing initiatives
In attendance were key stake-holders in mechanization including mechanization service providers, fabricators, mechanization policy makers, users of small-holder mechanization, research and development professionals and financial service providers. To accomplish the set objectives, the workshop put in place exhibition stands for display of small-holder machineries, panel discussions, group discussions and recommendations. Please follow the links below for presentations held and reports presented during the workshop: Links for presentations:
  1. Workshop highlights day 1
  2. Syngenta Foundation_Farmer Equipment Service Center Model
  3. Business Models for mechanization service providers
  4. Africa Rice_experiences with meachnization1_french
  5. Africa Rice_experiences with mechanization2_french
  6. NCAM contribution to achieving self-sufficiency in rice production in Nigeria
  7. Bank of agriculture_financial services to promote mechanization
  8. Assessment of smallholder mechanization in Nigeria
  9. SEDIN_group development training material
  10. Small scale tillage operations business model
  11. Enhancement of Agricultural Transformation Agenda through Agricultural Mechanization Service Delivery _experience from tractor owners and hiring facilities association of Nigeria
Full report of Mechanization workshop by CARI: Full Report of mechanization study conducted by CARI: Calculations of business models for various types of mechanization equipment  

CARI participated at the GROW Africa Investment Forum to promote regional advocacy platform, May 2016
20.05.2016

CARI participated at the GROW Africa Investment Forum to promote regional advocacy platform, May 2016
IMG_20160511_121410 CARI, represented by the John A. Kufuor Foundation and the CEO of Kilimo Trust, participated at the Grow Africa Investment Forum, a side event of the World Economic Forum held in Kigali. The grow Africa Forum took place on the 10th and the 11th of May, 2016. CARI presented a case study to support a regional advocacy platform for the rice value chain. CARI together with Grow Africa, Africa Rice and the European Centre for Development Policy Management has agreed to establish this platform to better address advocacy topics related to trade and tariffs.