After doubling between 2007 and 2015, the production of milled rice, the processed rice consumed worldwide, has stagnated for the past four years at around 1.3 million tonnes per year. The sector, which has some 800,000 rice farmers, is facing many challenges. First and foremost is the lack of financing, which discourages producers from investing in seeds, fertilisers or pesticides, to the detriment of yields. Côte d'Ivoire imports 450 million euros worth of rice each year, making it the fifth largest rice importer in the world and the second largest on the continent.
As a result, national rice production is faced with difficulties of varying degrees, such as the marketing of local rice and its integration into household food habits. As imported rice is the usual cereal consumed by Ivorians, it appears difficult for the sector's actors to adequately cover the local demand of final consumers.
Thus, in order to face the high rate of rice importation against that of local rice production and consumption, awareness-raising actions have been carried out by the Ivorian government and several national and international partners such as 2SCALE. 2SCALE's mission is to contribute to food security in Côte d'Ivoire, to promote Ivorian rice and all its by-products and to work towards the professionalisation of the sector.
Within the framework of the syndicated rice partnership, four agricultural business clusters have been set up with four Ivorian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) (paddy processing and marketing companies) which constitute the Champions of this Partnership, These are KATIO AKPA in Katiola (northern Côte d'Ivoire), ESPOIR RIZ DU CAVALLY in Guiglo (southern Côte d'Ivoire), LOCAGRI in Agboville (southern Côte d'Ivoire) and CAPI in Daloa (central-western Côte d'Ivoire). 2SCALE's ambition in this partnership is to include 15,000 small-scale producers in the rice value chain while focusing on gender and youth inclusion, financial inclusion and green innovations, distribution of products to consumers from all social strata and small households...