Since October 2018, Rikolto has been implementing the "Qualiriz: Selling quality rice for a better income" project in the Centre-East region of Burkina Faso, in partnership with TRIAS, INERA and SICAREX. The project is financed by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
The project aims at bringing sufficient quantities of quality rice to local markets. On the one hand, we support rice producers’ capacity to supply quality paddy rice to the husking units and mills in the area. On the other hand, we strengthen the processing and technical capacity of the rice husking units, so that they are able to bring better quality rice to the market. In addition, we enable contacts with traders for the distribution of local rice on the market and support the mills and traders to establish contractual relations.
Rikolto’s role is to support the rice mills in establishing commercial relationships with rice producers and in upgrading their units so they can bring sufficient quantities of quality rice to the market. About two years after the project’s kick-off, we talk to three owners of rice mills in the region.