This case study outlines how MADE’s facilitation role is addressing a market dysfunction to allow the largest rice mill in West Africa to source paddy from local producers in an inclusive and sustainable manner. The study shows that the small scale of smallholder farmers’ landholding patterns, infrastructural limitations and other challenges makes it essential for buyers to find innovative ways to source paddy locally. This includes finding solutions to aggregate production and ensure the necessary investments are made by relevant actors along the supply chain to mitigate these shortcomings.
Smallholder farmers can serve large processors: a case study on how an M4P programme can bridge the missing middle
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