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Webinar on rice sector development and trade policies in West Africa

22 October 2020 1:30 pm
22 October 2020 4:00 pm

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ECDPM and IPAR are organising a webinar on rice sector development and trade policies in West Africa. The event will take place on 22 October 2020, 13h30 – 16h00 GMT.

West African countries rely heavily on overseas rice imports, and the 2008 food prices crisis revealed the risk of this situation. West African governments therefore pursued policies aimed at developing the local rice sector and reducing import dependency. Although rice production increased considerably, the availability, affordability and appeal of imported rice continues to outweigh locally produced rice.

These policies have failed to deliver durable productivity gains and sufficient rice quality management, and also did not adequately address opportunities for trade within the West African region. For competitive, resilient and sustainable rice value chains to further emerge, it is crucial that trade policies become better aligned with agricultural and industrial policies. However, detailed information and analyses of rice trading dynamics in the region have been in short supply.

With IPAR, ECDPM undertook a project to better understand the dynamics of the rice trade in West African countries and to analyse the linkages between extra- and intra-regional trading systems – including trade policies and regulations, and the development processes of local and regional rice supply chains. On the basis of this diagnosis, the objective was to identify policy options that could make the trade regime more favourable to the development of the rice sector in West Africa. Focus countries included Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Benin and Nigeria. The project is supported by the Fund for Agricultural Policy Advice and Innovation (GV FABI) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

In this context, ECDPM and IPAR are organising a webinar to discuss the role of trade policies in the development of rice value chains in West Africa. We will presented our study on this topic and, with a panel of key stakeholders and other participants, we will have a discussion to inform the rice sector policy processes in the region.

Outcomes of the dialogue

To learn more about the outcomes of our dialogue on 22 October, have a look at our briefing note.

Other activities undertaken for the project

  • During a closed-door workshop in Abidjan on 1 and 2 October 2019, we presented our preliminary analysis on rice trading system dynamics and facilitated an exchange of experiences between experts, practitioners, private sector actors and public agents. The meeting began with opening remarks by the Ministre de la Promotion de la Riziculture de Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Mr Gaoussou Touré, who asserted the urgency of developing the West African rice sector to enhance household food security and rural development, by better regulating domestic and regional markets and engaging the private sector in value chain development.
  • We also wrote a blog post on ‘Promoting West African rice: The crucial role of coherent trade policies’.
  • We attended the ECOWAS Consultative Meeting on Rice Offensive on 4 and 5 February 2020 and presented our preliminary analysis and recommendations.

Group picture of the participants from the Abidjan workshop on rice sector development and trade policies in West Africa. Photo by ECDPM.

Would you like to know more about the project? Get in touch with Fabien Tondel via

Photo courtesy of CTA ACP-EU via Flickr.

Food SecurityTrade Policy and Economic Partnership AgreementsTradeAfricaWest Africa