Côte d’Ivoire is a major producer of cocoa beans and coffee as well as coconuts and rubber. Cotton and rice and yams are also cultivated. Government policy seeks to diversify the agricultural sector and move away from a reliance on cocoa and coffee as cash crops.The country joined the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Initiative (NASAN) in 2012, and Grow Africa in 2014.
The Ivorian government’s reform focus is on improving the business environment, land security, access to inputs, operation of markets and trade, effectiveness of institutions, and governance in relation to improved nutrition. The implementation of rural land law is expected to make progress through 2016, as additional funding is received from the European Union and the African Development Bank.
A draft law on transhumance is under consideration, designed to prevent conflicts between stock breeders and farmers. Actions have been taken to improve the business environment. The agricultural framework law and strategy for the maintenance of rural tracks have resulted in rehabilitation of over 7,000 kms of tracks. Eight out of 12 planned dams have been built in the country, 130 of 200 projected run-of-river projects and 1,050 hectares of lowland areas have been rehabilitated. To help tackle the problem of access to funding in the agricultural sector, an instrument called, ‘Agriculture under Contract’, agricultural grants and the introduction of an agricultural insurance scheme have been established
Grow Africa’s work in Côte d’Ivoire
25 letters of intent (LOIs) have been signed – 12 of these are from domestic and 13 from international organizations. International organisations include the African Cashew Initiative, the Competitive African Cotton Initiative, the Global Shea Alliance and the World Cocoa Foundation.
Domestic commercial and industry associations include: Inter Coton, L’Association Interprofessionnelle de la Filière Palmier à Huile, focusing on palm oil, and Nere, focusing on fisheries. Total investment commitments amount to $963 million; of this total, $113 million has so far been realised, resulting in 3,268 jobs being created. To date, 632,000 smallholders have been reached – predominantly through input products and services, financial or data services and through training
Partnership with the Confederation Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI) to collaborate on rice and other value chains such as fruit and maize;
Agreement on the terms of reference for the launch of a national Rice Value Chain Platform;
Workshop with Louis Dreyfus Commodities and RaboBank to launch a pilot programme for rice.
Rice and cassava remain two priority crops for the Ivorian government. Grow Africa is working to formalise value chain platforms in these crops and align private sector participation from LOI companies.
Both value chains will need local partnerships to ensure sufficient resources on the ground. This needs to be addressed as a priority.
Establishing knowledge partners in the respective value chains is another focus for stronger collaboration across the West African region. Potential partners include the Competitive African Rice Initiative, AfricaRice, CAVA II (Cassava) and the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP).
Land policy is an important area for improved support to the private sector and LOI companies. The objective is to use selected LOI companies to build best practice case studies, which can be shared with other companies and policy makers.