Creation of a direct selling channel for local rice
Togo, municipalities of Bolou and Agbelouve
March 2017 – february 2019
Élevages sans Frontières, GRAPH and ESF Togo
15 villages in the Bolou and Agbelouve municipalities, with 1125 family farmers benefiting directly.
HEART OF THE PROJECT
A production that does not cover needs
In Togo, domestic rice production covers barely 40% of national consumption. Yields from rice cultivation are low, and in order to improve their earnings, farmers are motivated to increase the amount of land that they cultivate. However, land availability and commercial pressures mean that not all farmers are able to expand the area of their plots.
A technique to highlight local rice
In the municipalities of Bolou and Agbelouve, the development of rice production is held back by traditional extensive production methods, dependency on chemical inputs, inefficient use of water resources and poor application of growing and harvesting techniques. Rice is sold in “paddy” form (the form in which it is harvested, still in its husk), or at best, with the husk having been removed. Farmers often do not have access to milling equipment nearby, and so must travel and pay a processor for this service. Furthermore, prices obtained typically are punitive for farmers, and there is little value added in rice still in its husk. Thus, rural families in these regions, who often depend on rice cultivation, earn little, making their livelihoods precarious.
Deepen and spread the practice of “intensive rice cultivation” which seeks to improve yields from rice by more than 60%, which will bring value to existing land under cultivation, through the implementation of new growing techniques and more efficient ways of laying out the parcels. These practices will limit the overexploitation of farmland.
Promote the value of livestock as part of a farming operation, which will give farmers a new revenue stream through the sale of animals, while improving the profitability of their rice plots due to the replacement of purchased chemical fertilizers with manure.
Spread awareness of a rice processing technique that can be practiced locally: parboiling (partially boiling rice in the husk), a technique that in addition to conserving the rice’s nutritional value, will make the underlying crop more valuable and therefore enable farmers to earn more from each harvest. The rice will be marketed under the brand “Maman Zio,” with high standards for quality.
562 farms will incorporate livestock and use manure as fertilizer
100 metric tons of rice parboiled over the course of 3 years
Minimum 50% customer satisfaction with quality of Maman Zio brand rice