Project profile — Support for Women’s Entrepreneurship Within the Rice Sector

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Support for Women’s Entrepreneurship Within the Rice Sector - Overview
CECI - Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011136)
2017-02-23 - 2022-09-30
Country / region • Benin (100.00%)
Sector • Secondary Education
Vocational training (11330) (30.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural education/training (31181) (20.00%)
• Industry
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims at improving women parboilers’ living conditions in the southern part of Benin in the Department of Collines through assisting professional rice steaming organizations. Parboiled rice is a method of husking rice, thus enabling the retention of 80% of its nutritional value, increasing its resistance to breakage and allowing for better storage conditions. The project is directly benefitting over 1 500 women parboilers and indirectly contributing to the economic well-being of over 21 000 members of their local community. The project’s activities include: (1) developing suitable and accessible funding for the women parboilers; (2) improving access to the rice market, in particular, through the development of appropriate infrastructures (for instance: rice steaming processing centres); (3) strengthening steamer unions' capacity in good governance and business administration; (4) enhancing women parboilers' access to professional expertise and technological innovation in the area of rice steaming; and (5) providing support aimed at professionally structuring agricultural holdings and promoting agricultural entrepreneurship by professional local organizations.

Expected results

The expected outcomes of this project include:: (1) the steady improvement of the strategic positioning of the women parboilers Regional Union located in Glazoué, of the women parboilers National Union and the rice farmers collaborative council of Benin taking into consideration the cross-cutting themes which are gender equality, governance and environmental sustainability; and (2) the continuous improvement of the profitability and the competitiveness of these women parboilers businesses (1500) through their associations (30) operating six rice steaming processing centres and one central wrapping centre.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: 1) a facilitated access to credit worth over $ 1,300,000, making it possible to secure paddy supply for the partners’ benefit and contributed to a 725% increase in the marketing of parboiled rice; 2) the development of four irrigated perimeters with an area of six hectares each; 3) the construction of two municipal treatment centers and three others under construction; 4) the installation of equipment (mini-rice mill, electric sewing machine and blower) at the Glazoué final processing center in order to improve the quality and quantity of rice; 5) training of 623 women and 347 men rice farmers on paddy rice production techniques in order to improve the yield and quality of rice; 6) three functional literacy campaigns benefiting around 745 women parboilers, 554 of whom have completed the training.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $500,000
Transaction Date Type Value
30-05-2023 Disbursement $250,000
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