The CARD new member country, Burundi
1st working week for NRDS revision was held in Bujumbura in March 2019
Burundi is one of the new CARD country members, who had already a rice development strategy, elaborated in 2014, by a team of experts, mandated by an IFAD project called PRODEFI 1 which is still ongoing. At the General Meeting, Burundi’s representative informed CARD Secretariat that his Government aimed to revise existing NRDS, so they welcome CARD support for this purpose. Period proposed for the first working week (WW) to revise NRDS was 11th to 15th March as agreed by CARD Secretariat.
The first day was dedicated to prepare the workshop with the General Director and Director of Crops Promotion. Proposed schedule was discussed and finalized. Because it was the first WW, some logistic arrangement was necessary before starting the workshop, DG of Agriculture and his staff contributed in the final preparation. After participants agreed on agenda of WW, CARD technical Coordinator introduced CARD initiative, objectives, and perspectives, mode of intervention and future of CARD activities for the next 12 years. Evolution of Rice production in terms of rice production, surface cultivated in rice and rice yield for 2008 and 2018 was presented by CARD Secretariat and was commented by participants. Pathway for NRDS revision was detailed to participants followed by questions and answers.
The second day was started with a presentation of Burundi rice production evolution and progress of NRDS implementation based on expected objectives and results, by the Director of crops promotion, followed by Q/A. Then a concise summary of the existing NRDS was given by CARD Secretariat, also followed by Q/A.
CARD Secretariat introduced gap analysis approach using rice Matrix (SIEM) with task force (TF) members, giving some examples of elements of analysis of rice value chain, and at the same time, to prepare TF members for the important exercise of assessment of rice sector performance. For this assessment, 12 participants were divided into 3 sub-groups according to their area of competence and experience:
- Group 1 : evaluated 3 sub-sector : Seed, fertilizer, and technology dissemination
- Group 2 : Irrigation and water management, Mechanization, Quality improvement
- Group 3 : Access to market, access to credit, Policy tools
Each group identified factors of failure (weakness/threats) or of success (strength/opportunities) of every sub-sector of rice value chain. Based on this, remaining challenges were formulated and adjusted. After each group restituted his work, followed by discussion to improve and adjust challenges. CARD Secretariat reminded the first NRDS (called SNDR-B) plan and introduced improved plan used by other countries for NRDS revised version. Participants were informed about the new plan which was detailed by CARD Secretariat, with appropriated explanations. After Q/A sessions, Burundi’s TF members decided to adopt the new plan, but it was agreed that until and during WW2, any suggestion to change slightly this plan can be made. About organization of writing down the revised NRDS, the first working group composition was confirmed by each group themselves as appropriate to handle the writing process: task distribution was agreed among groups of writers. Considering that revision of the strategy requires updating data and information all along rice value chain, a list of data to collect be established by participants and responsible to provide those data were designated by TF members. Also to ensure that any overarching strategy or policy will be taken in account in this revision process, a review of national development plans and strategies was made and some TF members proposed themselves to share electronic document to all TF members.
Since the 3 first days were intensive, CARD Secretariat shifted to the introduction of “RICE” approach, and gave detailed explanation of this approach. At the end of the fourth day of CARD Sec mission, road map, to finalize the process until national validation and elaboration of prioritized project concept note, was discussed and agreed by TF.
Before ending the workshop, CARD Secretariat presented experiences from other CARD countries (Ivory Coast) and a rice project designed for 4 west African countries (Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal), followed by Q/A.