Competitive African Rice Initiative -Phase II

Competitive African Rice Initiative -Phase II

  • Countries :Tanzania

Overview:

The Competitive African Rice Initiative Phase II (CARI-II) is a 3 years project (2018-2021) funded by GIZ and implemented by Kilimo Trust. CARI-II strategy is to build 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 project objectives:

  1. Increased experience sharing amongst actors of the rice value chain
  2. Sustainably improved inclusive business relationships
  3. Improved access to financial services for actors of the rice value chain
  4. Improved policy framework for rice value chain

Project expected results:

  1. MAP opportunities are identified and pursued.
  2. Consortia matching fund projects are operational and improved business models for paddy production and supply are in use.
  3. Throughput of rice mills and market share of engaged CARI partners has increased.
  4. Paddy quality and quantity is increased.
  5. Increased volume of improved seeds available to farmers.
  6. Increased (pre) financing agreed between FBOs and financial institution e.g NMB Bank and others.
  7. Key recommendations up taken by government.
  8. Membership base of rice industry platforms increased.
  9. Knowledge exchanged at regional level is enhanced.
  10. A platform for discussion of regional issues affecting rice intra-regional trade in place.
  11. Improved framework conditions through revised national rice development strategy.

What has been achieved:

  1. 6 consortia partners engaged.
  2. A total of 32,825, of which 43% are women have been integrated in the consortia.  The target of 30% women has already been surpassed.  Furthermore, MG partners signed contracts with 25,321 (77%) of the integrated farmers for aggregation of paddy.
  3. yield have been increased to 5.4 t/ha from 4.3MT/ha in rainfed areas and to 5.7 t/Ha from 4.8 MT/ha in irrigated systems; representing a 125 % and 118% increase, respectively.
  4. Farmers’ income has increased from USD 365.4/ha to USD 980.4/ha.
  5. A total of 21, 060 farmers have been trained on Sustainable Rice Production (SRP) Practices while 4, 084 have been trained on Farmer Business School (FBS) another 9,079 in Financial literacy training.  A total of 11,045 have been trained on Nutrition.
  6. A total of 25,321 farmers signed supply contracts with engaged off-takers and 77,684 MT of paddy have been supplied to MF partners.   
  7. A total of 14,112 farmers accessed USD 1,772,510 Million as input pre-financing from various banks.
  8. Engaged MGF partners accessed USD 2,072,916 Million for investment in improved processing, Transport trucks, storage facilities and working capital. 
  9. Ten (FBO) business plans for 10 FBO were developed for FBO to access finance from financial institutions.
  10. KT signed an MoU with IRRI for promotion of improved rice seed while another MoU was signed with Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) for access to finance for MG partners.
  11. Kilimo Trust is partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture in the implementation of the National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS) II

Contact Person

Rachel Ajambo - rajambo@kilimotrust.org

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Kilimo Trust Head Quarters
 Plot 42 Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi, Kampala Uganda
  Telephone: +256 392 264 980/1/2
  Email: admin@kilimotrust.org

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