The Rice Value Chain Development (RVCD) project is a very unique project and one of the most successful in CISP portfolio in Malawi. The project has been designed together with the farmers, local and national authorities, sectors’ experts and different stakeholders that play key roles in the Rice Value Chain in Malawi.
Project aims to financially organize and technically support small-scale rice farmers to facilitate their inclusion in the rice value chain.
The project area is in Karonga in the far north of Malawi, an area that accounts for the greatest rice farming production but lacking adequate rice processing and marketing facilities.
The specific purpose is to increase local and regional Market value of Kilombero & Faya Rice, but also improve the productivity and rice quality so that farmers are able to bargain for fair prices and save enough to put into the next year’s productivity
Activities carried out to address the project main objective
Village savings and loans, farmers were provided with vsla initial training and business management trainings, this includes share purchase, loan disbursement, daily slot, constitution development, business plans etc .The main idea of providing this component to rice farmers was enable save more for farm inputs
Agriculture trainings on rice farming technical knowledge and skills, these include seed selection, nursery preparation, transplanting, manure making, and harvesting.
Combining Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) with capacity building on good husbandry practices has given the opportunity to the 250 households beneficiaries to get a better income from the rice value chain, lowering the cost of production of the rice and being able, thanks to their savings, to bargain a better price when selling their products. The approach has in fact allowed farmers to access better inputs through informal loans within their VSLA, produce a better quality product and sell their rice at a better price. All the farmers involved in the project have been able to double their yields and their savings