In Ivory Coast, where rice is the staple food, local production is insufficient to cover community needs and is not competitive against imported rice due to poor quality. Working with NGO FairMatch Support and LDC, the Foundation is providing technical support to farmers to increase their productivity and revenues, improve competitiveness of the local rice supply chain and gain access to the domestic market.
1,795 small rice producers took part in the program and registered improvements in rice productivity and quality. 66 farming cooperative leaders underwent training and can now provide technical support, helping other farmers to increase their production while securing additional income for themselves.
In parallel, activities to stimulate commercial relations and detect outlets – such as schools, restaurants, - for the commercialization of locally produced rice, have been identified.
About our partner
FairMatch Support (FMS) was founded in 2007 with the objective to create new opportunities in developing sustainable supply chains ‘from field to fork’. Over the past 11 years FMS gained extensive experience in developing, improving and expanding sustainable and future proof value chains in developing countries.