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National Learning Event on contract farming and marketing - Burkina Faso
16.07.2019

National Learning Event on contract farming and marketing - Burkina Faso

The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) reunited principal actors in the rice sector in Burkina Faso on June 26th, 2019 for a one-day workshop in Bobo-dioulasso. This workshop focused on experience sharing with Contract Farming and Marketing – key tools for establishing and promoting inclusive and viable business linkages among smallholder farmers, processors and other rice value chain actors. The outcome was remarkable. To read more about this evet follow the link: https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article90451 or click here.

Le projet « Competitive African Rice Initiative » (CARI) a réuni les principaux acteurs du secteur du riz au Burkina Faso le 26 juin 2019 pour un atelier à Bobo-dioulasso. Cet atelier s'est concentré sur le partage d'expérience et le renforcement de L’Agriculture Contractuelle et du Marketing ; des outils clés pour établir et promouvoir des liens d'affaires inclusifs et durables entre les producteurs, les transformateurs et d'autres acteurs de la chaîne de valeur du riz. Pour en savoir plus sur cet événement suivez le lien:  https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article90451 ou cliquez ici.



Spillover effect - How curiosity leads to yield and quality increase
01.04.2019

Spillover effect - How curiosity leads to yield and quality increase

Bumpy roads, small villages and elephant grass line the way from Accra down to the rural area called Fievie in the Volta Region. Only one hundred kilometers east of Ghana´s capital, you find rice fields stretching across hundreds of hectares. The dry season has just started and the rice farmers have begun to harvest. 

Rebecca Torsah, a smallholder rice farmer, sits on the edge of her rice field in the shade of an improvised awning. The 38-year old stands up and smiles proudly while glancing at her rice field, which is almost ready to harvest. Turning to her farm neighbor Julius Kwadzo Amerku, she says in Ewe, the local language: “The rice will be good this time and the yield even better.” Her expression shows relief.  

Julius is the lead farmer of his farmer cooperative and considers himself as the link between the farmers and Fysso, a paddy off-taker in the area. Fysso is a matching fund partner of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI), a project, which supports trainings for smallholder farmers to improve their farming practices. Julius participated in the good agricultural practice training - and both quality and yield of his paddy increased after he applied the recommended methods. So did his income. Increasing smallholder farmers’ income is one of CARI´s main aims. Since 2014, CARI has reached more than 750,000 farmers and their families in four African countries (Ghana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria) improving their livelihoods and food security. 

Over the last seasons, Rebecca had been observing the development of Julius´rice field with admiration. "His yield must have increased from 2.5 mT/ha to at least 4.5 mT/ha", she explains. Julius´very green and well-maintained field had been attracting her attention, especially in comparison with her own field, which begun to turn yellow. Out of curiosity, she approached Julius to reveal his secret.

He took a closer look at his neighbor's field and immediately instructed her to apply fertilizer to avert quality and yield loss. "Rebecca was certainly fortunate because I still had some fertilizer left," Julius says satisfied.

According to the crop calendar, it was already at the latest point to apply the fertilizer on her field, but the result was convincing."Now my whole family is looking forward to harvesting soon, considering how green and fruitful our rice field is.”, Rebecca says smiling.

Rebecca expressed her interest in becoming a member of Julius´ cooperative. Having a contract with an off-taker or a rice mill gives her the opportunity to receive inputs on a per-financed basis and to produce high quality rice. Moreover, Rebecca is looking forward to the opportunity to participate in such a training, learning more about land preparation, planting, seeds, fertilizer and harvest!

This story describes the positive spillover effects of knowledge and sustainable improvement of the rice sector as well as how curiosity leads to yield and quality increase. 



International press trip: CARI from a different perspective (El Pais)
25.03.2019

International press trip: CARI from a different perspective (El Pais)

Another article by a journalist who joined the international press trip in Nigeria was published in the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Please follow the link to read more about: Más y mejor arroz para combatir la probreza“.



International press-trip: CARI from a different perspective
14.02.2019

International press-trip: CARI from a different perspective

Another article by a journalist who joined the international press trip was published in the French newspaper Le Figaro. Please follow the link to read more about: Argungu participe au pari de l'autosuffisance en riz“.



International press-trip: CARI from a different perspective
29.01.2019

International press-trip: CARI from a different perspective

In November 2018, CARI welcomed six journalists from international newspapers in Nigeria. They travelled to one of CARI´s project areas in Kebbi State – where they were able to get insights into our work. The journalists had the opportunity to meet our partners KARDA and Labana as well as interviewing rice farmers and parboiling women.

Now the first two articles were published in the The Telegraph and the Swiss Newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Please follow the links to read more about: “How high-tech agriculture is transforming the fortunes of Nigerian rice farmers” (01/2019), as well as “Der Reis bringt einen Modernisierungsschub” (01/2019).

                                   Parboiling women