Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Sorghum and Rice Producers

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Project details
Capacity building
Climate-smart agriculture
Enterprise development
Market assessment
Value chain development

Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Sorghum and Rice Producers, 2009-2014

Donors: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HEINEKEN International

Partners: HEINEKEN, Bralima Foundation, Batide, USAID


The overall objective of this project is to increase food security and improve access to primary education by integrating farmers into the supply chain of beverage industries in DRC.

What we do

This project, which started on February 1, 2009, is focusing on the inclusion of smallholder farmers into the rice value chain, including access to credit and markets. The project permits a simultaneous enhancement of agricultural supply chains for the food and beverage industry while sharing and minimizing the associated risks. It will contribute to improving the livelihood conditions of the households involved by improving food security and generating a regular income. Moreover, by mobilizing social investment funds, the program will involve the community in the development of social projects, such as improving access to primary education in both isolated and impoverished areas. This project is especially focused on the promotion of rice culture in the DRC. A smaller component of the project will support sorghum production in Burundi.


  • The brewery is currently sourcing close to 90% of its rice locally, compared to 15% in 2008;
  • In 2011, 12,597 MT of locally produced rice was sold to the brewery worth USD 9,749,941;
  • Close to 50,000 households have received project support and over 30,000 hectares are under improved management;
  • The breweries in all locations (except Boma and Lubumbashi) are now close to 100% self-sufficiency in rice.
  • In 2012, 11,724 MT of locally produced rice was sold to the brewery, while 8,825 MT was sold to local food markets
  • Since 2009, Bralima sourced over 39,000 MT of rice from smallholder rice farmers, redirecting more than USD 30 million towards the local economy
  • The average yield in Kisangani increased from 781 to 1,093 kg/ha
  • Average net income increased from -$20 to $250.
  • An increase in average yield in Bumba, the main source of rice for the Bralima breweries, from 1,170 to 1,347 kg/ha and an increase in average net income from $70 to $170.