Increasing Rice Production With Less Fertilizer

The  project of increasing rice production with less fertilizer is a regional initiative that will operate for about 5 years : 2014 to 2019 aimed at essentially diffusing and adopting  at a large scale, the technology of PPU for increased rice production in West Africa.

The aims of the project include contributing in a significant way to achieve food sovereignty in rice producing member States of ECOWAS and in the reduction of the poverty in  areas where irrigation takes place in West Africa.

Specifically, the goal is to improve the productivity and the regional offer of the rice production through PPU and its adoption on a large scale adoption by member states of  ECOWAS.

Priority is given to countries having a very important productive potential and a strong political will in the promotion of irrigated rice growing. All rice producing member states of  ECOWAS  will benefit from this project through the program of capacity building and local expertises. The project will  however be initially implemented in  areas where  irrigation and  rice producing hydro- agricultural facilities in at least new countries belonging to the big rice basins in West Africa.

The project will be coordinated by Bruno OUEDRAOGO. The following are external partners of the project.

  • Development Authority of Sourou Sourou/Burkina Faso

  • Provision of Services Centre ( CPS ) Niamey/Niger

  • COPADDY de Podor-Podor/ Senegal

  • DPASA-Houet-Bam/Burkina Faso

  • FEPRODES- Saint Louis/ Senegal

  • Sélingué Office of  Rural Development - Sélingué/ Mali

  • Office of Niger-Mali-Project Siengo extension- Segou/ Mali

  • Yajeendé-Dakar Project / Senegal

The project  will rely on the regional expertise of the IFDC regarding the management of the  land fertility and fertilizers, regional development of the market of inputs and agricultural sectors, as many  as domains which are registered in the regional programs of investment of the ECOWAS and the UEMOA.  IFDC will also contribute  regional technical expertise, regional and international institutions (Africa Rice, CORAF / WECARD, etc.) specialized in  rice production, the research and development on rice and the capacity building. More specifically, it will contribute to the development of local  companies through the large-scale adoption of the PPU through:

  1. A vast program of demonstration and technical capacity building and local financial partners

  2. A strong implication of the private sector in the production and supply of the rice producing establishments urea granules.

The main target group of the project constitutes rice professional or cooperative associations grouping(including)  small scale rice producers which are for most part  are not included  in commercial circuits without their support for rural structuring  as well as private enterprises and economic operators involved in the production and the sale of the rice, the import, and/or the distribution of the agricultural inputs. More specifically, the project will provide  technical and financial support for   rice cooperatives such as recommendations, management committee, Agricultural entrepreneurship etc.), to the distributors of inputs and to the equipment manufacturers. This support should arouse  political commitment and the support of  investors for these actors so that they can completely play their respective roles.

The  project will be implemented on the  following key principles:

  • Management centred on the results

  • Complementarity with the other participants

  • Subsidiarity

  • Public Private Partnership

  • Optimization of the Funding (efficiency)

  • Participative approach

  • Make do

Countries taken into account during phase 1 from 2014 till 2016:

  • Burkina Faso

  • Mali

  • Nigeria

  • Senegal

  • Togo


  • Ivory Coast

  • Liberia

  • Sierra Leone

Countries  taken into account during  phase 2 from 2016 till 2018:

  • Benin

  • Cape Verde

  • Gambia

  • Ghana

  • Guinea

  • Guinea Bissau

  • Niger


The expected results include

  • The adoption of PPU technology on a large scale in irrigated rice  producing areas in the target countries.

  • The production and marketing of  granules of urea and equipments developed by the West African  private sector in the target countries.

  • Strengthen the technical and financial capacities of the main actors of the  rice producing value chain

  • for a large-scale distribution of PPU in  target countries.

Other Relevant Information: 

The activities were conducted from April till October, 2014, on the stockholders' equity of the IFDC while waiting for the initial payment. In November, 2014, not having still received the  initial payment as stipulated in the contract, the IFDC suspended all the activities of the project.



Amadou Mactar KONATE
Leonidas Hitimana
Chief Technical Advisor, FAO

Technical Partners

Economic Community Of West African States ( ECOWAS )
German Cooperation

Financial Partners

Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
European Union

Member Countries

  • Togo
  • Sierra Leone
  • Senegal
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Gambia
  • Cote d’ivoire
  • Cape verde
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Niger
  • Mali
  • Liberia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Themes

  • Bio Technology
  • Climate Change
  • Food Security
  • Irrigation
  • Land Tenure
  • Regional Trade
  • Resiliencies
  • Sectors

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Improved Rural Hydraulics
  • Information Systems Support
  • Tags

  • food