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.
CARI’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.
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Participants at ‘CARI Rice Stakeholder Meeting’ in Abuja, Nigeria
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