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CARI at th AGRF 2020 - Partner Event
08.09.2020

CARI at th AGRF 2020 - Partner Event

The Rice Race: Making Self-Sufficiency a Reality in West Africa  

Speakers: 
Mr. Alain Sy Traoré, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development, ECOWAS – 1st Keynote presentation, made on his behalf by Mr. Ernest Aubee
Dr. Abu Bakarr Karim – Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Sierra Leone – 2nd Keynote presentation
Jai Schroff – Global CEO, UPL – panelist
Hajia Salamatu Garba – Founder and Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) – panelist
Wolfgang Bertenbreiter – GIZ, acting head of prgram CARI – panelist
Ernest Aubee, Head of Agriculture, ECOWAS – panelist

You can watch the panel here: 

https://agrf.summit.tc/2020/events/the-rice-race-making-self-sufficiency-a-reality-in-west-africa-4pYVoswAJ2tH5u9Fspv3dJ  



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



CARI at the AGRF 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda – Collaboration and partnership for working towards rice self-sufficiency in Africa
07.09.2018

CARI at the AGRF 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda – Collaboration and partnership for working towards rice self-sufficiency in Africa

In recent years, Africa and the continent’s economies have shown signs of progress, which has led to improvements of livelihoods of millions of people. Nevertheless, Africa’s agricultural sector is required to not only keep pace with the economic development, but more rapidly and sustainably grow, produce higher yields, contribute to food security, deliver increased incomes, create employment and contribute to wider economic opportunities while natural resources are sustainably being managed. To overcome food shortages and transition to self-sufficiency and surpluses, the sector needs new impulses. Lead. Measure. Grow. This year’s theme of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali, Rwanda aimed at enabling new pathways to turn smallholder famers into sustainable agribusinesses. One of the success stories shared and discussed at the forum, during a morning session on 7th September 2018, was the example of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI), introducing its Multi-Actor Partnership platform.

By applying a value chain approach, CARI and its public and private partners have been able to reach more than 750,000 beneficiaries since 2014, who increased their income and improved their food security. More than 143,900 low-income farmers were actively engaged into the rice value chain in four African countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. More than 173,600 smallholder farmers received training in Good Agricultural Practices, and more than 137,200 in Farmers Business School. By following these practices, a remarkable increase in yield per hectare was recorded (up to 136% in irrigated and 185% in rain-fed production systems). Therefore, the first implementation phase of CARI was a fundamental success. Building on these successes, the Competitive African Rice Initiative has been commissioned for a second phase, during which knowledge exchange and cooperation will play a crucial and more important role. The exchange of experiences related to productivity, business models, use of production inputs, financial services and policy-making allows upscaling of proven approaches and fosters the rice value chain across African countries. In the Multi-Actor Partnership MAP4Rice, other rice stakeholders are actively engaged in order to collectively increase impacts for and improve livelihoods of smallholder rice farmers and their families.

 

A multi-actor approach with the involvement of various different stakeholder groups brings together different expertise and resources. At the joint breakfast session with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) a high-level panel composed of representatives from various organisations discussed the important role rice plays in Africa, the transformation and leader-ship needed in order to sustainably develop the sector and the opportunities held in partner-ships. Low yields, weak processing and poor value chain linkages characterize the rice value chain in Africa. These are obstacles for overcoming the import dependency of many African countries and becoming self-sufficient. Real transformation is needed that requires shifts and rethinking. “We have no other choice”, a statement that was brought up multiple times during the discussions. It became apparent that it is insufficient to only link farmers to markets, work towards food security by continuing to implement single and delimited projects. Instead, holistic value chain approaches are required while considering multidimensional perspectives and thinking in food systems (improving nutrition and livelihoods while sustainably managing natural resources) which are to be scaled up collectively to allow a broader population to benefit. While national investments in infrastructure are needed, a regional approach for coordination and collaboration as well as good governance at all levels is key to elevating poverty. The importance of the topic for the continent is underlined by the high-ranking audience of the session. The Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire , the Head of Unit and Acting Director for Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition of the European Commission, the Lead Specialist on food security and sustainable developments at the Islamic Development Bank amongst others were highly  engaged in the discussions. All speakers emphasised their support for the rice sector and the multi-actor partnership approach.

“Nigeria imports rice worth 5 million US$ per day .” In his closing words, the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (FMARD) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hon. Chief Audu Ogbeh encouraged all attending stakeholder groups in their efforts and assured his commitment for supporting the rice sector in Nigeria.



E-Agriculture Pitch – CARI unites local start-ups and the rice sector
14.03.2018

E-Agriculture Pitch – CARI unites local start-ups and the rice sector

In order to find a local Start-up to develop an ICT based solution, CARI hosted a successful E-Agriculture Pitch in Abuja on March 8, 2018. The event was set up in collaboration with the GIZ project "Make IT" and Ventures Platform. Several promising Nigerian start-ups participated. During the event, each start-up had the chance to present their developed prototypes with the aim of improving the supply chain management for one of CARI's partners. Both, the partners and CARI have been enthusiastic about the ideas, which were pitched. In order to gain further background information, the start-ups were given the opportunity to ask the mill representatives questions. Subsequently they were given the opportunity to send in full proposals. After the revision of the proposals, the winner will be selected for piloting the solution in the upcoming wet season 2018 in Nigeria. CARI is very positive about finding a suitable and sustainable partner. Accordingly, the event was a big success!

                                                                                                                

 



CARI phase 2
19.01.2018

CARI phase 2

We are happy to announce, that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned CARI for a second phase. We are very much looking forward to continue our successful work in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Tanzania.



Second CARI-BRIA Exchange Visit to Thailand
22.09.2017

Second CARI-BRIA Exchange Visit to Thailand

Rice is one of the leading food crops in the world, representing not only a vital part of the individual’s nutrition in every-day life, but also a great revenue potential for African as well as Asian economies as a whole. Although great efforts have been made to strengthen African rice production in order to meet domestic demand and increase farmers’ revenues, there is room for improvement in terms of strategic investments in research and development, production and trade infrastructure. CARI has recognized that the Asian know-how in producing, trading and setting policies can be valuable benchmarks for fighting deficiencies in the African rice industry. Known as the world’s top rice exporter, Thailand serves as role model. Therefore, a cross-continental learning exchange was established in 2016, a collaboration between CARI and the Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA). This year’s second exchange visit between BRIA and CARI partners from Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania took place from 21st – 25th August 2017 across different provinces in Thailand. The main objective of the exchange was to provide participants with insights and thus a better understanding of the Thai rice value chain and its stakeholders. Consequently, participants from four West and East African countries were given guided tours and extensive discussion time at several locations, from which four can especially be highlighted: The first stop of the exchange led to Klang Community Rice Center in Ubon Ratchathani Province, which works together with OLAM in order to improve and convert their production towards the standard of the sustainable rice platform (SRP). The visit of the community based farmers’ association gave the opportunity to discuss about challenges and recommendations concerning rice farming practicing, post-harvest techniques and package as well as the management and organization of the farmers’ group; highly relevant topics for the visitors from Africa. At Raitong Organics Farm Co. Ltd., an organic rice farm in Sisaket Province, discussions centered on topics of organic farming processes (from land preparation up to marketing level), innovative technologies and trials (such as biological weed management), processes of packaging materials and quality control. Even though there might not yet be a large market for organic rice in African countries, the holistic concept of the farm, run as a social business, surely was inspiring and might hold large potentials for the future. The visit at Ubon Ratchathani Rice Research Centre gave insight in the key rice varieties and consumer preferences in Thailand. The participants learnt about challenges related to rice production, plant protection and therewith the importance of the rice research. The Research Centre has more than 1,000 genes in its gens-bank, allowing continuous improvements of seeds and their resistance to pests and diseases, which is crucial for the support of farmers as well as Thailand’s rice brand. Current research areas include rice genetic and variety selection, seed technology, biotechnology, soil fertility and natural resource management, important topics that help addressing upcoming challenges. Thai Jasmine rice is very well known across the world. At the Office of Commodity Standards, at the Ministry of Commerce the group learnt about the Jasmine rice quality standards, classification schemes, quality assurance and certification in accordance with Thai law. Even though the majority of participants work within the private sector, they acknowledged the importance and benefit of government involvement and regulations in respect to commodity standards which not only hold restrictions and additional responsibilities for companies. These support the creation of brands as well as hold additional employment opportunities, an aspect with high importance for the African continent. The experience of this field visit has been extremely rewarding and appreciated by all participants. By learning more about rice cultivation in Thailand and exchanging with different organizations along the Thai rice value chain, ideas and impressions were gained, which left the participants optimistic in being able to improve rice production processes in their home countries. BRIA and CARI are looking forward to continue cooperating and supporting mutual learning and knowledge exchange in the future.

Places Objectives
Klang Community Rice Centre ● organisation and management of farmer group ● Exchanging information on challenges and recommended practices
Office of Commodity Standards, Ministry of Commerce ● Jasmine rice standards, quality assurance and certification ● Function of the organisation and policies ● Other Thai rice standards in development
Olam (Thailand) Ltd. ● Processing, storage, packaging and marketing ● Trends of Thai Rice and African Rice
Raitong Organics Farm Co. Ltd. ● Planning and farm management ● Moving up the value chain ● Marketing and challenges
Rice Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives ● Policies related to rice production, including Sustainable Rice Production ● Rice zoning strategies and support ● History of policy support and implementation
Ruangchai Tractor Co. ● Growing market of agricultural machinery in Thailand ● Financial package
Ubon Ratchathani Rice Research Centre ● Key rice varieties in Thailand, consumer preferences of these varieties, suitable areas for cultivation, seasons ● Function of rice research, achievements and current activities ● Visiting the laboratory
Ying Paiboon Ricemill Co. Ltd. ● Buying mechanisms and rice grading ● Milling and storage for good quality rice


Rice is our Business
06.09.2017

Rice is our Business
CARI's main objective is to increase the competitiveness of small-scale rice producers, millers and other actors in the value-chain and achieve a lasting reduction of poverty in Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. But what does the work in these countries entail? How does our work look like? A small film crew visited farmers, partners and other stakeholders of the rice value chain in Kebbi State, Nigeria to be able to answer these questions. The movie "Rice is our Business" is now available online and showcases CARI's work using the example of Nigeria.  

Successful constituting meeting of Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) in Lagos, Nigeria
11.08.2017

Successful constituting meeting of Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) in Lagos, Nigeria
The Enabling Environment Component of the Competitive Africa Rice Initiative, implemented by John A. Kufuor Foundation (JAKF) supported a two day meeting of the Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) in collaboration with Grow Africa. The meeting which was held at Westown Hotels in Nigeria, on the 1st and 2nd of August 2017, enabled participants to share their best practices, discuss tools for advocacy and elect substantive executives after finalizing their constitution. This event was a follow-up to its maiden conference in Ghana on October 6, 2016. ARAP is a sub-regional body with the ultimate objective of promoting the sustainability of quality rice production, marketing and consumption in Africa and has 11 member countries. Member countries who participated at meeting include Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Togo and Cote D’Ivoire. After a successful review of the draft constitution, Ghana (Mr. John Kennedy Imoro Amoro) was elected as President, Tanzania (Mr. Julius Wambura) as vice President, Nigeria (Mr. Raufu Adekunle Lawal ) as General Secretary, Burkina Faso (Mr. Bikienga Boukari) and Benin as the Auditor (Mr. Avoce Jules Medehouenos). The representatives of these countries constitute the Executive Steering Committee of platform for the next four years. A one year plan was prepared to foster the growth of the rice sector in partnership with institutions/ organizations like ECOWAS, AU, NEPAD, EAC, John A. Kufuor Foundation and Grow Africa to tackle ARAP’s priority areas. In the next couple of years, the priority of the platform would be to strengthen country value chain associations, harmonization of common tariffs, standards and regulations for the rice industry and sharing of best practices among member country. His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor who is the Chairman of the JAK Foundation and the patron of ARAP hosts the platform temporarily at the Foundation premises in Ghana.

Farmers unveil first rice shops
13.07.2017

Farmers unveil first rice shops
"Nigerian rice farmers under the aegis of the Nigerian Rice Advocacy Platform (NRAP) and the Rice Producers Association of Nigeria (RiPAN) have unveiled the first Nigerian Rice Shop, urging the Federal Government to enforce a total ban on importation of the product. They made the call yesterday in Abuja during the formal unveiling of the special advocacy programme which among others aimed at establishing at least one Nigerian Rice Shop in each local government of the federation and promote local production." Please click on the link to read the full article.  

Akzente magazine meets CARI
30.06.2017

Akzente magazine meets CARI
In January 2017, CARI Nigeria welcomed visitors from GIZ headquarter in Germany. The team of Akzente magazine visited CARI's project area in Kano State - where they were able to get insights into our work and meet with our partners WOFAN and Popular Farm. The article "Golden Rice - Farming in Nigeria", published in the latest issue of Akzente magazine (2/2017), as well as the short movie "More rice, more income" can be found online!

Promotion de la production du riz: Le projet GIZ-CARI a restitué les résultats des essais de validation du RiceAdvice
15.05.2017

Promotion de la production du riz: Le projet GIZ-CARI a restitué les résultats des essais de validation du RiceAdvice
Le projet GIZ-CARI en collaboration avec ProCIV a tenu le vendredi 12 mai 2017 à Bobo-Dioulasso, un atelier de restitution des résultats des essais de validation du RiceAdvice et sa dissémination sur les plaines de Banzon et de Bagré. Ce projet rentre dans le cadre du programme développement de l’agriculture au Burkina Faso et vise à accompagner les agriculteurs afin de leur permettre d’avoir de bons rendements lors des campagnes agricoles. Lefaso.net

Mutual Learning: Regional Learning Event held in Accra, Ghana
01.05.2017

Mutual Learning: Regional Learning Event held in Accra, Ghana
On the 24th and 25th of April 2017, a two days “Regional Learning Event” was held in MENSVIC Grand Hotel in Accra, Ghana. This event brought together several CARI Matching Grant Funds partners (beneficiaries) and implementation stakeholders from the different countries, CARI is operating in. The objectives were to share experiences and to foster mutual learning in the field of ”Access to Finance” and “Contract Farming”. More than 30 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Burkina Faso attended the successful learning event and shared their experiences and success stories on contract farming, trader credits, input and equity financing and other important topics in the field of agricultural finance. It is expected that the regional learning event will support the actors within the rice value chain to improve substantially the access to finance for rice farmers as well as for rice processor, millers and other stakeholders in the rice value chain in West and East Africa. The full documentation on the two sessions Access to Finance and Contract Farming is to be found online.

CARI's participation in the Agrofood Fair 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria
30.03.2017

CARI's participation in the Agrofood Fair 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria
The International Agrofood Fair took place at Landmark Center Victoria Island Lagos from 28th to 30th of March, 2017. The event brought together about 1,958 visitors from all over Nigeria to discuss their business and dialogue with 110 exhibitors from 20 countries. GIZ Nigeria was represented by five projects including CARI. The objectives of this years participation were

  1. to create an opportunity for partners to showcase their products and dialogue with other agri-businesses.
  2. to allow CARI an opportunity to meet and share experiences with colleagues from development organizations, agri-businesses, policy sector, research institutes etc.
  3. to explore potential partnership and collaboration opportunities towards achievement of the CARI goals and objectives.
Present at the fair were representatives of CARI partners such as Ajifa, Danmodi, Labana, KARDA, Klysat, WOFAN, Onyx and NAMDA, who were able to meet and dialogue with visitors from different areas of the agricultural sector. They were also able to promote their products, initiate and establish linkages with potential distributors, marketing channels and stakeholders from different parts of the country. A mini experimental auction was conducted with the aim of assessing consumer preferences and willingness to pay for different rice products of CARI partners. The report showing the result of this auction can be found online soon. With other international development organizations as well as Nigeria-based agri-businesses, CARI was also able to discuss and share experiences, making the Agrofood fair 2017 a successful event for CARI. Author: Philip Obosi, CARI Nigeria

Japan-funded ‘RiceAdvice’ project benefits over 16,000 African farmers
27.03.2017

Japan-funded ‘RiceAdvice’ project benefits over 16,000 African farmers
"Thanks to a 1-year project supported by the Government of Japan, 200 trained service providers have helped more than 16,000 rice farmers in Mali and Nigeria benefit from ‘RiceAdvice’, a customized crop management decision support tool, leading to increased productivity, efficiency and profits. Developed by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the  RiceAdvice app, which can be freely downloaded through  Google Play on Android smartphone or tablet device, generates tailor-made recommendations that help farmers in irrigated and relatively favorable rainfed lowland areas in Africa apply mineral fertilizer more efficiently in order to optimize production and profits and reduce waste." Please follow the link to read the full article.

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 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
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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 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.

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