Geographic scope: Nigeria
Active Countries: Nigeria
Initiated in 2016
The Platform was created to act as an advocacy group on rice policy issues with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), Parliament, related agencies and the effective implementation of the policies. The platform was established by the Policy Unit of Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) implemented by John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation.
Members: 90% of its members are from the private sector – all different stakeholders from the rice value chain (rice farmer based organizations, agrochemical input dealers, brokers, tractor owners, financial institutions,…).
Low rice productivity in Nigeria.
Nigeria is currently importing its rice to meet the needs of its population. Inadequate agrochemical inputs, low access to finance and inconsistent government policy in the rice industry have reduced the competitiveness of rice produced in the country compared to the imported ones.
Intentions and aspiration
Improve rice competitiveness in Nigeria.
To empower stakeholders in the rice value chain by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply and thus raising their daily income above the poverty line. The platform tends to provide a forum for policy development and implementation in the rice sector through evidenced based research to inform policy formulation.
Arrangements and capacitities
The Steering Committee (SC) is the most powerful organ of the platform. The Steering Committee comprised of the primary stakeholders in the rice value chain which are the farmers, the processors/Millers, the agrochemical input dealers and the marketers. SC approves and follow up implementation of work plan and attached budgets. The executives at state level reports to the national level who invariably advocates policy change with the Federal Government.
Activities and outputs
The activities of the platform promote and regulate the Nigerian rice sector through voluntary negotiations and execution of agreements among stakeholders; then monitor the execution of inter-professional agreements between and among stakeholders.
Monitoring and evaluation
In order to identify M&E activities, the platform measures her success through the reflection of her policy recommendations to the government as revealed in the Policy Agenda of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). This looks at how stakeholders network together for profitable business through indicators such as partnership deals, innovations and policy changes.