Effective cultivation of rice by small farmers is essential to the economy and food security of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Winrock currently provides training to help farmers increase their yields and improve their post-harvest processing. Past projects have also sought to develop better farming practices and market access and also provided scholarships to enable girls to pursue an education.
Rice is critical to the food security and economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital city of Kinshasa. This USAID-funded program aims to improve the local rice supply chain through a variety of steps; these include increasing the productivity of small farmers, improving post-harvest processing and handling of rice and strengthening farmer associations and cooperatives.