With an annual consumption of around 1.8 million tons, national rice production in Côte d'Ivoire has stagnated at around 1.3 million tons per year. Competition from massive imports of rice from Asian countries causing the country to lose foreign currency and negatively impact the production of milled local rice.
In Côte d’Ivoire, the syndicated rice partnership union in the 2SCALE program brings together four millers namely Locagri, Espoir Riz Cavally, Katio-Akpa and Capi, as well as other actors in the rice value chain such as the smallholder farmers, input suppliers and distributors. This partnership aims to include around 15,000 smallholder farmers by 2023, 50% of whom are women and 40% of young people, by making it competitive by promoting the by-products obtained from the processing of paddy. It also aims to facilitate access to finance for different actors and improve the access of low-income consumers to rice products.