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Th5_Emerging models to drive rice intensification in West Africa

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3rd Africa Rice Congress
Theme 5: Innovation systems and ICT tools for rice value chain
Mini symposium 4: Making science work: building innovation systems
Author: Berlin

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Th5_Emerging models to drive rice intensification in West Africa

  1. 1. Emerging models to drive rice intensification in West Africa Robert Berlin Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture 3rd Africa Rice Congress, 22.10.1013
  2. 2. Reasons to go «Rice» in West Africa Drivers for rice intensification in West Africa •Rice demand explosion •Smallholder openness towards new agrosystems •Growing public and private interest •«Maintaning food security» Increasing Rice Demand in West Africa 2 Source: MSU
  3. 3. Current smallholder systems lack efficiency Foreign farmers Foreign exporters Do me su stic pp in l i e pu rs t Dom e farm c esti rs Importers Col l wh ectors ole sa l e & rs Retailers Consumers in end-markets Problems to overcome  Poor access to input (equipment, seeds, CP, fertilizer) Poor infrastructure and logistics No adequate output market access
  4. 4. Current smallholder systems lack efficiency Foreign farmers Foreign exporters Importers Dom e farm c esti rs Foreign farmers Foreign exporters Domestic input Domestic farmers suppliers Retailers Consumers in end-markets Retailers Do me su stic pp in l i e pu rs t Col l wh ectors ole sa l e & rs Consumers in end-markets Importers Collectors & wholesalers
  5. 5. The Mission: Integrating smallholders into functioning rice value-chains The main Syngenta Foundation intervention areas •Construction of reliable certified seed systems •Provision of support at farmer level •Development of service delivery systems •Creation of sustainable cross-value chain partnerships •Leveraging of cloud-based ICT for smallholder support
  6. 6. The Mission: Integrating smallholders into functioning rice value-chains Project targets •Provision of appropriate harvest equipment •Improvements to milling and handling processes •Reduction of the number of intermediary traders •Improvement of supply chain reliability and quality •Increased product quality and yield  Reducing post harvest losses by 50%  Increasing smallholder income by 50%
  7. 7. The outlined projects Project Key Features Smallholders involved Copa Connect (Ghana) • Contract farming with quality premium • Infrastructure-driven production • Farmers’ service center 5’000 Yaanovel (Côte d’Ivoire) • Contract farming with quality premium • Public and private based service provision 5’000 Sahel Farming (Burkina Faso) • Contract farming • Private based service provision • Production protocols 3’000 Office du Niger (Mali) • Warrantage with credit system • Public service provision 1’000 Sénégal River Valley (Senegal) • Warrantage and contract farming • Public service provision • Contracts with large-scale mills 1’400
  8. 8. GADCO – Copa Connect
  9. 9. Emerging models for rice value chain intensification
  10. 10. Conclusions and implications • High diversity of rice production systems • Climatological and socio-economical differences • Aggregation mechanisms important to increase smallholder market power • Logistics and infrastructure are issues Producer-driven models very efficient in providing: •Inputs •Mechanization •Know-how •Finance •Planning security

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