Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Sorghum and Rice Producers: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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, focused on the inclusion of smallholder farmers into the rice value chain, including access to credit and markets. The project achieved a simultaneous enhancement of agricultural supply chains for the food and beverage industry while sharing and minimizing the associated risks. It contributes to improving the livelihood conditions of the households involved by improving food security and generating a regular income. This project is especially focused on the promotion of rice production in the DRC.


Looking back at the ultimate objective “to improve food security and incomes of farmer households”, the project accomplished this to a large extent as is also confirmed by the external evaluation of the Schokland project conducted in 2013. The most important outputs achieved in this project are:

  • Significant increase of productivity in rice production (from 700 kg/ha to 2.000 kg/ha) and
  • 46.000 tons produced (20.000 planned);
  • 12.000 tons of rice was delivered to BRALIMA in 2012 (14.000 planned) and 8,825 tons of rice delivered to the local food markets.
  • The 12.000 tons of rice sold to the brewery generated a gross revenue of USD 9.6 million (at $800 per ton).


  • 335 families have benefited from the project (against 25.000 planned) with increased income and now that potential of the project is proven much more could be reached;
  • Increased availability of rice on local food markets;
  • A significant increase in family revenues (in interviews people referred to amounts increasing from 120 USD to 400 USD/600 USD. Heineken’s and EUCORD own impact study has registered increases of 323% in Kinshasa and 184% in Bumba, which are lower but still very significant);
  • Improved living conditions of the population (children go to school, improved housing conditions, improved (in quantities) nutrition (1 to 2 meals/day), etc.
  • New income-generated activities developed (small livestock, private school, bar, restaurant, motorcycles instead of bikes, etc.) in farmer communities;