1st working week for NRDS revision was held in Abidjan
A working week on the development of the NRDS II was held from the 18th to the 22nd of March 2019 in Côte d’Ivoire (CIV). This activity is in line with CIV’s acceptance of continuing to be a member of the second phase of the CARD initiative and the country's willingness to define a new vision for achieving self-sufficiency. Several people attended the workshop like the DG of ADERIZ
and the representative of the Agricultural Ministry, the representatives of some donors (AfricaRice and JICA), the representatives of the Technical Departments of the Agricultural Ministry,
the members of the rice Task Force, the representative of producers’ organizations and a facilitator.The workshop was divided into two parts, a plenary session where the basic information were shared and a group session where the team was subdivided into a working group for the elaboration of the document
1. Plenary session
During the plenary session, an opening ceremony was held at which the participants were informed of the importance and the objective of the work. After that, a detailed presentation of the results of the evaluation of the NRDSI was made as well as some indication of good practices among the rice value chain.
After the plenary session, participant were divided into two groups:
· Group1 worked on : what needs to be done to produce rice at any time and any place taking into account external factors such as climate change;
· Group2 worked on : how to process paddy in order to have quality and competitive rice
2. Working group session
During the working group session, Mr. Ibrahima Sall (CARD Regional Consultant) facilitated the understanding of the members of the different groups and ensured the monitoring so that the different groups could work at the same pace. Therefore, daily sharing sessions were organized to level the skills. Thus, the diagnostic elements and the strategic objectives as well as the targets were produced.
In general, it was decided that to reach the production target of 5 million tons in 2030, productivity will be essentially improved, accompanied by a slight increase in irrigated areas in the short term. The current level in the rainfed cultivation area will be maintained so that in 2030 the irrigated area can increase from 20% to 40% of the total area. This will be achieved by improving the operating conditions of existing irrigation schemes (50% to 80%) and developing new irrigation schemes from 2021 based on the existing projects. As for the processing, the technical upgrading of existing units will be carried out in the short term and the acquisition of a hundred new processing units in the medium and long term. Finally, in relation to research, producers will be provided with inputs and technologies adapted to climate change. The modernization of production systems will be promoted through the development of mechanized services and access to spare parts and technical training.
A restitution of the results of the working group was done and allowed all the participants to realize the realism of the targets. Thus the partners and the technicians present, welcoming the quality of the work, asked that the strategy be finalized in accordance with the deadlines to enable them to accompany the implementation of the NRDS II.
3. Way Forward
The next steps are to consolidate the outcome of the workshop by the end of March 2019,
followed by preparation of a first draft of the NRDS-2 towards the end of June 2019 and the finalization of the NRDS II by the end of July 2019. Following these activities, CARD will support CIV for the organization of a working week for the development of concept notes.