Benin, Collines Department, Bantè, Dassa-Zoumè, Glazoué, Ouèssè, Savalou, Savè communes
May 2017- March 2023
5,300 women rice parboilers
• URFER-C (Regional women rice parboilers’ union)
• UNIRIZ (Producers’ union)
• CCR-B (Collaboration framework of stakeholders in the rice industry)
• MAEP (Ministère de l’agriculture, l’élevage et la pêche)
10,611 373 $CAN (AMC) including 636,000$ from CECI
This project seeks to strengthen the strategic positioning of associations by integrating issues of gender equality, good governance and sustainable management of the environment. It also aims to constantly improve profitability and competitiveness of the rice parboilers’ businesses. As part of the implementation of the Interprofession and the
collaborative framework of the women parboilers, the CCR-B be provided with technical assistance. Training sessions and support will also be provided to support the union and cooperative leaders engaging in public/private dialogue (lobbying and advocacy). Furthermore, the organizations’ leaders will benefit from technical support in governance, accounting and financial sustainability, including the monitoring and evaluation of the plans.
In its implementation, the project will specifically target skills in business management and start-up. The leaders of URFER-C and UNIRIZ-C will receive technical assistance in order to build these skills. Professionals will be coached and mentored through the delivery of consulting services related to business planning, governance, accounting and financial
management of member businesses and cooperatives. Consulting services in productivity, quality and marketing management will also be offered.
Unions and cooperatives are also looking to increase the competitive advantage of their rice. To this end, the PAEFFR is working on the implementation of socially and environmentally conscious irrigation systems throughout the six communes of the Collines. It is delivering training sessions on production practises adapted to climate change in order to reduce losses. Processing centres will also be built or re-equipped specifically to face environmental issues.
Activities will take place to facilitate access to adapted financial services and products for URFER-C, its communal cooperatives and UNIRIZ-C. To this effect, a memorandum of understanding will be negotiated with a financial institution of the region. In addition, adapted financial services and products will be offered to unions and cooperatives through a partner financial institution. Last, credit management training will be provided to the organization's leaders.
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50% increase in women’s participation rate in decision-making bodies of UNIRIZ and CCR-B.
10% increase rice volume marketed every year
5,300 women entrepreneurs have received consulting services and training
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