Monthly Archives: May 2016

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


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.

Mechanization Workshop held by CARI in Abuja, May 2016




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

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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.