Enhancing Rice Production in Côte d’Ivoire
This joint project with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation and FairMatch Support aims to establish the framework for a sustainable rice supply chain from smallholder farmers to mills in Boundiali, northern Côte d’Ivoire.
To achieve this, the project worked across three streams between 2018 and 2020:
As a result of these actions, farmers saw higher yields (up 76% versus the baseline year) and improved product quality, and are becoming professional trading partners in the value chain, as the first step from subsistence to small-scale commercial agriculture.
The project is being extended for two years, where the focus will be on securing market access for the rice produced through identification of market outlets, reinforced cooperative management, technical assistance to farmer groups, training and enhanced support for women farmers in particular, as well as completion and potential scale-up of a seed production pilot.
Read more in the Louis Dreyfus Foundation’s 2020 Activity Report.
“By connecting rice producers with processors, and then processors with the market, an inclusive, traceable and sustainable supply chain is being developed, helping the area’s rice sector to transition from subsistence farming to small-scale commercial agriculture.”
Jan Christoph Kabath
LDC’s Head of Middle East & Africa
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