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
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 5,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Rice Value Chain Transformation Programme (RVCP) is an investment operation financed with ADF grant with an initial phase which aims to up-scale production, productivity, value addition and reducing imports of rice in Gambia. The project will provide opportunities to capitalize on the Bank’s experience leveraging the private sector in agricultural value chains and on the experience of past projects (Multi NERICA Rice Dissemination Project and Livestock and Horticulture Development Project-LHDP) and ongoing operations such as the Food and Agriculture Sector Project (FASDEP) and the Agricultural Value Development Project (AVCDP). The RVCP will make use of opportunities (existence of markets, rice processing plants, prepared land (developed under the FASDEP) to increase the production and productivity of rice within the rice consolidated regions. It will rationalize the existing various rice varieties in the Country to promote 2 rice quality seed varieties producing mechanism under the NERICA project while mitigating potential risks along the rice value chain in the context of the Vision 2020 agenda. The Project has 3 components: (1) Production and Productivity Enhancement, (2) Agribusiness, Market and Capacity Development, and (3) Project Management. The first phase will be implemented over a period of five –years (2019-2023) with interventions predominantly in the Central River Region (CRR North and South) and the Upper River Region (URR), nonetheless, some value addition activities (processing, packaging and distribution) will be undertaken in other regions of the country, where such facilities exist. Subsequent phases will build on lessons learnt from the first phase and will utilize the interventions from the Islamic development Bank, from the country’s ADF 15 allocation.

Project Objectives

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 total direct beneficiaries of the project will be about 15,000 households out of which about 40% will be youth and women. With an average of 8 persons per household this would result in improved livelihoods for about 120,000 people indirectly. 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. The three regions correspond with the Local Government Areas of Kuntaur, Basse and Janjanbureh, which are the areas with the highest prevalence of both wasting and stunting. 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 28 Nov 2022


Contact Details

Name DADZIE Rebecca

Geographic Location

Country Gambia
Coordinates Location Name
13.3333 -14.1667 Upper River Division
13.5833 -14.9167 Central River Division