Support for women rice parboilers (PAERIZ)

Support for women rice parboilers (PAERIZ)

Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the “Support for women rice parboilers” (PAERIZ) 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’ organisations. 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 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.

Global objective

  •  Improve the living conditions of women in the Hauts-Bassins, Cascades and Boucle du Mouhoun regions in Burkina Faso by supporting professional rice parboilers’ organisations

Specific objectives

  • Improve the productivity and competitiveness of the rice value chain to better respond to market demands and customer needs

Expected results

  • Rural women members of unions of parboiling groups increased their income by meeting local demand for parboiled rice
  • The National Union of women rice parboilers and unions of groups of rice parboiler of Burkina Faso have improved their governance and representation in the rice supply chain

Duration

5 years : 23/03/2014 - 27/03/2019

Localisation

The project was conducted in the following regions of Burkina Faso: Hauts-Bassins, Cascades and Boucle du Mouhoun.

Beneficiaries

The project was conceived to directly benefit more than 5 000 women and benefited indirectly some 15 000 women parboilers, members of various professional organisations in the country.

Budget

CAD 6.5 million

Implementation

  • Centre d’études et de coopération internationale (CECI)

Partners

  • Ministry of agriculture and food security, Burkina Faso
  • Comité interprofessionnel du riz du Burkina (CIR-B),
  • Union nationale des étuveuses de riz (UNERIZ)
  • Five Unions of women rice parboilers

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Country

  • Burkina Faso

Topics

  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Employment & revenues
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Gender
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Markets, prices & trade
  • Poverty

Targets

  • Institutions
  • Poor households
  • Women

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods
  • Pillar 3: Sustainably improve agricultural and food productivity and the incomes of the most vulnerable households and improve access to food
  • Pillar 4: Strengthen governance in food and nutrition security

Scales

  • Local

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 10 SDG 2 SDG 5 SDG 8