The Foundation is the partner responsible for Policy Advocacy in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Development Cooperation sponsored four–year Competitive Africa Rice Initiative (CARI) Project. The project is being implemented in Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Tanzania.The project aims to increase the income of local rice producers through integration into competitive and sustainable business models. Specifically,
CARI aims to:
- Increase productivity and quality of Paddy rice based on the development of substantial and competitive rice production
- Increase efficiency of local rice sourcing, processing and marketing through structured value chain linkages,improved technology and process management;
- Improve access to financial services for all value chain actors served and Enable Policy environment for rice sector development
The Foundation has:
- Engaged with the Center for Global Connections in Food,Agriculture, and Natural Resources of the Michigan State University (MSU), resulting in a high level engagement with capacity development professionals to enable the Foundation to play its policy advocacy role effectively.
- Engaged the rice industry association members, leading to:
- Drafting of revenue mobilization strategies in all the 4 project countries.
- Validation of rice associations’ membership in Ghana and Nigeria.
iii. Engagement of rice value chain members in all countries in relation to the sustainability of theassociations to meet the goals of the associations.
- Promoting private sector interests in national rice strategies, policies and programs through policy dialogue sessions on the development of policy papers, rice and fertilizer standards. The Foundation has supervised stakeholder consultations in Nigeria,Tanzania and Burkina Faso, and held rice and fertilizer standards development sessions and assisting in developing a National Rice Strategy in Ghana.
- Hosting a sub-regional workshop in Accra on advocacy tools and best practices for effective engagements in the 4 project countries.