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Strengthening Regional Agricultural Integration in West Africa - Phase 2
(SRAI 2)

 

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Project Overview

  • The SRAI 2 program builds upon the results of the first phase of SRAI, which ran from January 2009 through December 2012. That phase focused on research and outreach on constraints to regional agricultural trade in West Africa in the aftermath of the 2008 world food crisis, effective transmission of price incentives to West African farmers, the competitiveness of West African cereal production in the post-crisis period and how West African consumers adapted to the food crisis. The work identified the weak links between farmers and agroprocessors as a key constraint to effective transmission of incentives to farmers and spotlighted the heavy investment and policy interest of West African governments in boosting rice production to substitute for imports. Building on these results, SRAI 2 has three analytic and outreach themes: 1. Evolution of food demand in West Africa and its implications for development of agroprocessing 2. Evolution of the Asian rice market and its policy implications for rice development efforts in West Africa 3. Alternative models of value-chain organization that link smallholders more effectively to markets. The SRAI 2 program is implemented by MSU faculty, graduate research assistants, staff and African partners, both from the campus in East Lansing and from the MSU office in Bamako. The work is synergistic with other research and outreach on food security in West Africa carried out by the MSU team and financed by USAID, IFAD, the Gates Foundation, the European Union, FAO and ECOWAS.

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Theme 1: Evolution of food demand in West Africa and its implications for development of agroprocessing Top

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Presentations                      

  • The Role of Rice in Changing Food Consumption Patterns in West Africa. Nathalie M. Me-Nsope & John M. Staatz.  Presentation at the 3rd Africa Rice Congress. Yaoundé, Cameroon. October 2013.
  • Trends & Determinants of Food Consumption Patterns in West Africa. Nathalie Me-Nsope. “Eye on Africa” weekly seminar series of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. September 12, 2013.

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Theme 2: Evolution of the Asian rice market and its policy implications for rice development efforts in West Africa Top

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Theme 3: Alternative models of value-chain organization that link smallholders more effectively to markets Top

Theme3

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Under this theme, SRAI 2 researchers and their West African partners have conducted a set of case studies of different models of linking smallholder farmers to downstream value-added activities, such as agroprocessing and export of high-value crops.  The aim is to identify key factors contributing to the success of these models in different value chains, institutional settings and agro-ecological conditions.

A. Synthesis Report on Linking Smallholders to Value-Added Markets

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B. Linking Malian cereals producers to agro-processors

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C. Models of Contracting in West African Rice Value Chains

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D. Linking Malian Smallholder Mango Producers to the Export Market

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Final Study Validation & Outreach Workshop (Bamako, April 2016)

Methodological Workshop: SCS International Mango exports case study (Bamako, April 1, 2015)

E. Linking Smallholders of Cassava and Rice to Agroprocessors in Ghana

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Final Study Validation & Outreach Workshops (May 12, 2016 in Ho and May 19, 2016 in Accra)

Methodological Workshop: Farmer-Processor Linkages in the Cassava and Rice Value Chains in Ghana (Accra, 20-21 August, 2015)

F. Linking Smallholders Maize Farmers to the Market for Poultry Feed in Southwest Nigeria

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G. Olam’s Rice Outgrower Scheme in Nasarawa State, Nigeria

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Cross-cutting analyses

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