Rice is identified as a strategic and priority commodity by the Ivorian government as reflected in its national agricultural investment plan. Côte d'Ivoire was once an exporter of rice. But, with the government's gradual withdrawal from the rice sector, it has not been able to meet its own requirements and has imported huge amounts of rice, spending nearly $ 500 million a year on imports of rice in recent years.
In July 2017, Grow Africa and the Office National pour le Développement du Riz en Côte d’Ivoire (ONDR), now known as the Agency for Rice Development (ADERIZ), launched the country’s first inclusive national rice value chain platform.
The platform, named RICE CIV, comprises of representatives from the government, agricultural and food research institutions, private sector, farmers’ organizations, civil society, youth organizations and industrial end-users.
The platform is supporting the National Rice Development Strategy – currently anchored by ADERIZ - 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).
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.