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.
- Burkina Faso: Rice quality and market
- Burkina Faso: Access to finance
- Burkina Faso: Access to mechanization
- Ghana: Access to finance
- Ghana: Grain standardization
- Ghana: Mechanization
- Nigeria: Sustainable solution to climate change in Africa
- Nigeria: Access to finance
- Nigeria: Extension services
- Nigeria: Post-harvest losses
- Tanzania: RCT position paper
About 20 million people in Nigeria get their main source of income from subsistence/ commercial farming. Many of these people have no or limited access to finance. The resulting gap between the supply and demand of agricultural finance is estimated at a minimum of USD $4billion per annum.
The African Competitive Rice Initiative (CARI) and Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) engage in enhancing the access to finance for small-holder famers by cooperating with private and public banks to increase awareness of the sector’s needs and the opportunities agricultural lending offers. For this purpose two trainings for Agricultural Value Chain Financing for bankers were organized in Lagos and Abuja. The main objectives are to improve the understanding of management principles of agriculture as a business with a focus on primary producers, their characteristics, objectives and the management of production factors along the production cycle. The training also covers value chain financing/services and business models for sustainable and commercially viable agricultural enterprises.
43 representatives from various private commercial and microfinance banks as well as from public banks and from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development participated. The overall feedback was very positive and CARI received numerous requests for further trainings. The next training is planned for January 2017.
From 23 – 25th of November CARI and four other GIZ programmes participated at the third Agra Innovate West Africa, the region’s leading crop production, processing and manufacturing tradeshow in Lagos.CARI exhibited trainings material, parboiling vessels and its partners’ produce to a highly interested audience.To promote their products two CARI partners joined the trade fair; Michael Okunoye from ONYX Bida Rice Mills Ltd. and Stephanie Okpere from eHealth Nigeria. As the local rice expert Michael answered questions regarding production areas and methods, rice varieties, processing facilities and distribution channels. Stefanie on the other hand represented the diversification component of the CARI project, promoting the orange flesh sweet potato, which is highly nutritious and Vitamin A rich.
The most frequently question to the CARI team and its partners was “Where can I buy it?”, showing the great interest and demand for the products.