Gambia - Rice Value Chain Transformation Programme (RVCP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 06 Dec 2018
Signature Date 22 Jan 2019
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 5,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Rice Value Chain Transformation Project aims to improve farm incomes, rural livelihoods, food and nutrition security and contribute to poverty reduction through increased commercialization of Rice in The Gambia. It’s part of the vision of the agricultural sector vision of the Agriculture sector in the Gambia is to develop a pathway towards food and nutrition self-sufficiency, income generation, employment creation, poverty reduction, food import substitution, and cross-cutting development indices. The project will contribute to poverty reduction and enhance economic growth in The Gambia through improved production, processing and marketing of the rice as well as reducing high importation of rice into the country. Specifically, the project will develop the commercialization of the rice subsector by enhancing private sector and other stakeholder’s participation in the value chain, thereby improving incomes and employment opportunities for all stakeholders, especially youths and women. The Project has 3 components, namely: (1) Production and Productivity Enhancement, (2) Agribusiness, Market and Capacity Development, and (3) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to contribute to food and nutrition security and enhance economic growth by reducing the rice importation. The specific objective is to increase rice production by moving from subsistence rice farming towards a commercialized market-driven farming by increasing private sector engagement in production, processing and marketing of rice.


The total direct beneficiaries of the project will be about 15,000 households out of which about 40% will be youth and women. The project beneficiaries will include farmers, processors, seed producers, input dealers, aggregators, private sector operators transporters, commercial agents (e.g. out growers, millers, etc.), 500 youths, women and children within the first 1,000 days period of opportunity (from conception to the child’s age of 2 years) to reduce stunting, and other local actors engaged in activities within project impact areas. In addition, the public institutions such as National Agricultural Research Institute, Department of Agriculture the National Seeds Secretariat, Regional Directorates of Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant Directorates in the project areas will also actively participate within the project activities based on their core mandates and also benefit from the project interventions in terms of capacity building.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-GM-AA0-016
Last Update 16 Jan 2020


Contact Details

Name IHEDIOHA Onyema Damian

Geographic Location

Country Gambia