CARI aims to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers in selected countries by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply in order to meet increasing regional demand. One of CARI’s goals is to ensure better linkages between farmers and millers. With the help of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) trainings and improved inputs, smallholder farmers are able to improve the quantity and quality of the paddy. The delivery of those GAP trainings as well as the facilitation to improved inputs is provided by CARI’s partners, which are usually rice mills. The mills benefit by receiving better quality as well as more quantity of paddy for processing. In order to improve market linkages farmers enter into contract agreements with millers for the supply of paddy.
CARI is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and co-financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with Technoserve, Kilimo Trust, and the John A. Kufuor Foundation.