Rice Farming Initiative in Nigeria

Increasing yields for Nigerian farmers through improved inputs and timely information.Providing guaranteed access to markets.

Rice Farming Initiative in Nigeria

USAID has partnered with Olam, a leading global supply chain manager of agricultural products and food ingredients, and the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) for an integrated rice farming and rice processing project in Kwara State, Nigeria. This partnership aims to improve the self-sufficiency of farmers and lessen reliance on exports. Olam is a major company in the food commodities market both globally and in Nigeria. This project has involved 12,000 smallholder farmers growing rice to ensure improved input supplies, better seeds, and timely information to improve yields and returns to the farmer. Olam will provide a guaranteed market for the farmers. In this way, the development of food crop value chain is line with the AECF’s aims and objectives.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation

    Government, Investment & Finance
    Nigeria | Staff size: 251-500

    Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation is wholly owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It was establish in 1987 to provide risk cover to Nigerian farmers. It is also the only existing...

  • Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

    Funding Agencies, Investment & Finance
    Staff size: 26-50

    The AECF is a development institution which supports businesses to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes in rural and...

  • Olam International

    Goods Supplier
    Singapore | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Olam International is a global integrated supply chain manager with a portfolio of 20 agricultural products and food ingredients. Established 22 years ago, Olam has a direct presence in 65...

  • First Bank of Nigeria

    Investment & Finance
    Portugal | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    First Bank of Nigeria is a Nigerian bank and financial services firm. It is the country's third biggest bank. FirstBank has its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria and international presence in...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Nigeria
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2012
  • ValueUSD 7.6 Million