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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“.



Call for Matching Fund proposals! / Appel à propositions de Fonds de Contrepartie!
04.02.2019

Call for Matching Fund proposals! / Appel à propositions de Fonds de Contrepartie!

The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) wishes to announce its call for expression of interest & short concepts for Matching Fund Projects in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The Matching Fund is the backbone of the CARI project. It serves as vehicle to support partners to increase the productivity along the entire rice value chain. 

Your company/organization should have a strong interest in increasing productivity along the entire rice value chain. The inclusion of male and female smallholder rice farmers in sustainable business models is a core principle of CARI.

Ideally, the MF partner should be a private sector entity or a consortium of private partners. Only in reasonably justified exceptions, public sector institutions or non-governmental organizations heading a consortium of partners can be eligible as lead MF partner. If the lead partner is not a rice mill, one of the consortium partners need to be an off-taker with whom the lead partner has a proven relationship.

Please find below further information about the Matching Fund Guidelines and the application templates. 

-          Call for expression of interest and short concept

-          Matching Fund guidelines

-          Guidelines on cost eligible for reimbursement in contracts within the CARI MF

-          Annex 1: short concept

-          Annex 2: letter of intent

If the call raised your interest and your company meets all stated requirements, please send a short concept and the signed letter of intent to: jean-bernard.lalanne@giz.de and kristina.spantig@giz.de by 28th February 2019.

 

L’Initiative pour un Riz Africain Compétitif (CARI) lance son avis à manifestation d'intérêt pour le Fonds de Subvention et de Contrepartie en vue de recueillir des propositions de projets dans ses trois pays d’intervention que sont le Burkina Faso, le Nigeria et la Tanzanie. Le Fonds de Contrepartie (FSC) est l'épine dorsale du projet CARI. Il soutient les partenaires pour augmenter la productivité tout au long de la chaîne de valeur du riz.

Les structures éligibles doivent être bien établies et avoir un fort intérêt à accroître leur productivité tout au long de la chaîne de valeur riz. L'inclusion des petits producteurs et productrices de riz dans des modèles économiques durables est un principe fondamental de CARI. 

Les principaux groupes cibles du FSC sont les organisations du secteur privé. Dans des cas exceptionnels dûment justifiés, les institutions du secteur public ou les organisations non gouvernementales chapeautant un consortium de partenaires peuvent être éligibles en tant que partenaires chef de file du FSC. Si le partenaire chef de file n'est pas une rizerie, il faut qu’un des partenaires du consortium soit un acheteur avec lequel le partenaire chef de fil a une relation bien établie.

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous des informations complémentaires sur les lignes directrices du Fonds de contrepartie et les modèles d'application.

-          Avis d´appel a proposition de projets

-          Directives générales sur le Fonds de Subvention et de Contrepartie

-          Lignes directrices sur les coûts éligibles au remboursement dans les contrats dans le cadre du CARI FSC

-          Annexe 1: note conceptuelle

-          Annexe 2: lettre d´intention

Si vous êtes intéressé et que votre entreprise répond à toutes les exigences énoncées, veuillez envoyer un concept court et la lettre d'intention signée à: jean-bernard.lalanne@giz.de et boukary.savadogo@giz.de avant le 28 février 2019.



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