The goal of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) is to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers in selected countries in the sub-region by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply. CARI is implemented in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania with the aim of reaching 150,000 African rice producers. The direct beneficiaries of this project are male and female smallholder rice farmers with a daily income below 2 US$. Secondary beneficiaries are rural service providers and rice millers improving their sourcing capacity of quality supply.
The overarching CARI strategy builds on the identification, optimization and expansion of sustainable business models that integrate small-scale rice producers. CARI’s technical and financial assistance is based on a value chain approach. The principal aim is to address coordination; create better linkages among rice value chain actors and as a result, increase the economic returns for all stakeholders.
CARI is a partnership based development program. Cooperation with public and private sector partners and the formation of effective and innovative Public Private Partnerships (PPP) plays a pivotal role to achieve this objective. The partners bring in their specific experience, know-how and resources to up-scale and further optimize rice production systems and business models that increase smallholder farm income, raise the competiveness and profitability along the domestic value chain.
The main instrument for the implementation is a Matching Grant Fund (PPP Fund) which promotes private and public investments. The objective of the Fund is to encourage investments that are planned and conducted jointly by at least two players in the value chain. The focus is on initiatives that promote the capacity of producers and processors to meet the market demand.
The program is commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Furthermore, together with Walmart Foundation, several projects were co-financed, successfully implemented and concluded in the beginning of 2017. The initiative, implementing CARI, comprises of international and national companies and institutions and is led by GIZ, Technoserve (TNS), the John A. Kufuor Foundation (JAK) and Kilimo Trust (KT). The implementing partners are committed to systematically ensure female participation in program implementation in all countries and benefits achieved on the principles of equity.
Bagré, Kou valley (Bama), Sourou plains and surrounding improved lowland
Volta, Upper East, Northern Region
FCT, Niger State, Kebbi State, Zamfara State, Katsina State, Kaduna State, Kano State, Jigawa State, Kogi State, Benue State, Taraba State, Adamawa State
Southern Highlands corridor, Morogoro, Iringa and Mbeya regions