Improving the availability of white and parboiled rice for local consumption is the primary ambition of the Siguida Yeelen union in Konodimini. In Mali, the national need for rice is around 1,868,000 tons per year (National Statistics Institute). The partnership between Siguida Yelen and 2SCALE aims to improve the income and living conditions of the 3,126 farmers, parboilers, and other actors in the value chain by increasing the value and production of paddy rice in the localities of Konodimini and Tamani.
Access to inputs, especially quality inputs, remains a headache for the Siguida Yelen farmers. According to Tahirou Dembélé, President of the Siguida Yelen union, the challenges are threefold:
Prior to our partnership with 2SCALE, we never had fertilizer on time. We had 3 main problems. First, access to inputs at the right time. Second, how to get enough fertilizer? And third, having quality fertilizer. Previously, in a hurry, we accepted everything that was offered to us. So with the partnership, we had meetings with all the actors in the value chain, including input sellers and financial services.