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Cote d'Ivoire

Overview

Investment in Côte d’Ivoire’s agriculture sector is guided by the National Agricultural Investment Plan (PNIA), the second phase of which is currently being developed and undergoing stakeholder consultations. Government policy currently seeks to diversify the agriculture sector and move away from a reliance on traditional cash crops of coffee and cocoa.

Rice is a high priority value chain for Cote d’Ivoire, with the national rice strategy (SNDR) seeking to achieve self-sufficiency in its production by 2017. While this objective is far from being met, the country has achieved 60% self-sufficiency to date. 

Priority value chains in Côte d’Ivoire are rice, maize, cassava, horticulture, and cocoa. The country is also a major coffee producer, as well as cultivating cotton and yams. 

Grow Africa Priority Activities in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Grow Africa is prioritising the rice value chain in Côte d’Ivoire to build on its existing engagement in this priority local value chain, and in alignment with the overall West Africa strategy.  In July 2017, Grow Africa and the Office National pour le Développement du Riz en Côte d’Ivoire (ONDR), now known as theAgency for Rice Development (ADERIZ), launched the country’s first inclusive national rice value chain platform named, Rice CIV.
  • Grow Africa is also working to establish a strong multi-stakeholder platform in Côte d’Ivoire to represent the agriculture sector and enable better collaboration.

In Côte d’Ivoire, Grow Africa partnered ADERIZ to establish a national rice value chain platform, Rice CIV. The platform allows value chain stakeholders to engage in formalized, structured dialogue to support collaboration in addressing bottlenecks in the sector, thus helping to strengthen the value chain and attract further investment. Key members include Rice Inter-professional Body (over 1 million farmers); National Federation of Millers (over 2,000 members) and National Inter-professional Body of Distributors (over 1,500 members). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Grow Africa and ONDR wherein Grow Africa committed to support development of business cases and mobilise investors in the rice value chain. A Secretariat is in place coordinating activities of the platform.

Beyond rice, the country’sagriculture sector overall currently lacks a mechanism to bring together stakeholders to collaborate in addressing challenges and opportunities for investment. Grow Africa is working in collaboration with the Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d'Ivoire (CGECI) to develop a multi-stakeholder platform to bring together the private and public sector stakeholders in agriculture in a structured manner to jointly progress agricultural and investment objectives

Key Results
  • Grow Africa partnered with Office National de Developpement de la Riziculture (ONDR) in Cote d’Ivoire to establish an inclusive national rice platform. The platform is supporting the National Rice Development Strategy – currently anchored by ONDR- whose goal is to meet national consumption requirements for quality rice and build an export surplus. Key members include Rice Inter-professional Body (over 1 million farmers); National Federation of Millers (over 2,000 members) and National Inter-professional Body of Distributors (over 1,500 members). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Grow Africa and ONDR wherein Grow Africa committed to support development of business cases and mobilise investors in the rice value chain. A Secretariat is in place coordinating activities of the platform.
  • Beyond rice, the country’s agriculture sector overall currently lacks a mechanism to bring together stakeholders to collaborate in addressing challenges and opportunities for investment. Grow Africa is working in collaboration with the Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d'Ivoire (CGECI) to develop a multi-stakeholder platform to bring together the private and public sector stakeholders in agriculture in a structured manner to jointly progress agricultural and investment objectives
  • Grow Africa is looking to undertaking an in-depth business case study for the establishment of regional rice value chain in West Africa, with specific focus on Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Senegal