Support for Women Rice Parboilers in Burkina Faso

Reporting Organization:CECI
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 6,040,000
Timeframe: March 27, 2014 - March 27, 2019
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Burkina Faso - $ 6,040,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (40 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (30 %)

Education (18 %)

Food Security & Agriculture (12 %)

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This 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’ organizations (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 will directly benefit more than 5,000 women and indirectly benefit all 15,000 women parboilers, members of various professional organizations in the country. 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.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate results of this project are: i) rural women members of unions of parboiling groups increased their income by meeting local demand for parboiled rice. ii) the National Union of women rice paraboilers and unions of groups of rice paraboiler of Burkina Faso have improved their governance and representation in the rice supply chain.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2018 include: (1) four decentralized units and two parboiling rice centers were built and three parboiling rice centers were renovated; (2) credible financial statements were produced and a fund facilitating access to credit was established, contributing to the professionalization of parboiling rice unions; (3) during the last three years of the project, the volume of parboiled and commercialized rice registered an average increase of more than 20% per year.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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