Project profile — Support for Women Rice Parboilers in Burkina Faso

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Support for Women Rice Parboilers in Burkina Faso - Overview
CECI - Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011136)
2014-03-27 - 2019-03-31
Country / region • Burkina-Faso (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)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to improve the living conditions of women in the Hauts-Bassins, Cascades and Boucle du Mouhoun regions in Burkina Faso by supporting professional rice parboilers’ organizations (rice parboiling is a rice milling method that allows to retain 80% of the nutritional value, increase strength and facilitate storage). The project seeks to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the rice value chain to better respond to market demands and customer needs. It is expected that the increase in sales will contribute to increase the revenues for all actors in the value chain (producers, processors, traders and transporters). The project will directly benefit more than 5,000 women and indirectly benefit all 15,000 women parboilers, members of various professional organizations in the country. The project has two components: support the processing and marketing of rice and support the professionalization of women steamers. Project activities include: i) provide training to women in parboiling techniques; ii) develop and implement a communications and marketing strategy for professional organizations; iii) build two parboiling rice centers with 10 improved stoves; provide training for women members of professional organizations in literacy, leadership and political dialogue; iv) provide training to professional organizations in the field of administration, member services and financial management to maximize economies of scale and provide better services to members.

Expected results

The expected intermediate results of this project are: i) rural women members of unions of parboiling groups increased their income by meeting local demand for parboiled rice. ii) the National Union of women rice paraboilers and unions of groups of rice paraboiler of Burkina Faso have improved their governance and representation in the rice supply chain.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2018 include: (1) four decentralized units and two parboiling rice centers were built and three parboiling rice centers were renovated; (2) credible financial statements were produced and a fund facilitating access to credit was established, contributing to the professionalization of parboiling rice unions; (3) during the last three years of the project, the volume of parboiled and commercialized rice registered an average increase of more than 20% per year.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
27-09-2019 Disbursement $283,909
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