Initiatives around the rice sector in Mali
In Mali, following major investment efforts undertaken by the government, rice cultivation occupies a privileged place in the national food security policy as well as in the fight against poverty. In ten years, the areas for rice production has doubled and rice production has tripled over the same period.
These good results result from several factors:
- Extension of the areas (development of plains and lowlands)
- Agricultural intensification (varietal research, fertilisers, plant protection products)
- Training and information of professional agricultural organisations on opportunities related to the rice sector
However, some problems persist:
- Inequitable distribution of added value within the sector, with most of the profits made by the traders
- Unreliability of national statistics
- Weak consultation between actors in the sector
- Weak and/or lack of consultation with the State
A decent income for small-scale rice farmers
Since its creation in 2008, the PNPR covers six administrative regions of Mali in the following areas of activity:
- Defending the interests of rice-producing members
- Supporting contract negotiations between institutional buyers (food security structures) and rice producers
It provides rice-producing members with a platform for consultation with stakeholders and internal capacity building. The PNPR has also set up a tool to collect data on farmers’ stocks.
PNPR & SOS Faim
SOS Faim makes the interventions of the PNPR operational and co-finances the technical team as well as their participation in the working group meetings of a regional programme called "Rice in West Africa".
What prospects ?
The database should enable the PNPR to gain better knowledge of available rice stocks, and to carry out advocacy for limiting rice imports when farmers’ stocks are sufficient.
Plus, the PNPR would like food security organisations such as the OPAM (Office des Produits Agricoles Maliens) or the WFP (World Food Programme) to institutionalise their rice purchases from local farmers.