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:

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

Financial Partners: 
Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations European Union
Technical Partners: 
Economic Community Of West African States ( ECOWAS )German Cooperation