Call for CARI Matching Fund proposals!

Call for CARI Matching Fund proposals!

The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) wishes to announce its call for expression of interest & short concepts for Matching Fund Projects in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The Matching Fund is the backbone of the CARI project. It serves as vehicle to support partners to increase the productivity along the entire rice value chain. 

Your company/organization should have a strong interest in increasing productivity along the entire rice value chain. The inclusion of male and female smallholder rice farmers in sustainable business models is a core principle of CARI.

Ideally, the MF partner should be a private sector entity or a consortium of private partners. Only in reasonably justified exceptions, public sector institutions or non-governmental organizations heading a consortium of partners can be eligible as lead MF partner. If the lead partner is not a rice mill, one of the consortium partners need to be an off-taker with whom the lead partner has a proven relationship.

You want to apply? Please go to the CARI website for more information.

Gender pays off – A4SD wins the GIZ Gender Award 2018

Gender pays off – A4SD wins the GIZ Gender Award 2018

“Giving consideration to gender equality makes our work more effective and achieves more sustainable results”

A4SD won the first price among GIZ GG1 projects. These are projects which do not have gender as their main goal but whose impacts are not gender neutral.

A4SD’s participated in the competition with a factsheet on its gender activities: “Gender in Agricultural Value Chain Promotion: Empowering Female Farmers in Selected African Value Chains”. It highlights A4SD's impacts on female actors along A4SD's four value chain of its  projects: the Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew), the Sustainable Smallholder Agribusiness (SSAB), the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) and the Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI).

 Until end 2017 more than 450,000 out of over 2 million trained farmers were women. They were trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and in Farmer Business School (FBS).In the trainings, they learnt on the one hand how to apply Good Agriculutral Practices (GAP) on their fields. On the other hand, the FBS strengthened smallholders’ business attitudes, their management and bookkeeping skills. This knowledge is one requirement in order to be able to receive a credit or to get access to other agricultural inputs, necessary steps to improve female farmers’ agency. On average, men and women increased their income by up to 287% by implementing lessons learnt in GAP and FBS trainings. Read more about gender sucess stories in the gender factsheet...