Commodity Value Chain Support Project PADFA

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Commodity Value-Chain Development Support Project

The Commodity Value Chain Support Project (PADFA) was developed within the framework of the Government’s emergency plan to fight rising food prices and the DSRP. Its main goal is to reduce rural poverty and increase food security through the sustainable development and competitiveness of the rice (lowland, rainfed) and onion value chains which have major economic potential, nationally and internationally. It specifically aims to increase rice and onion production and improve the conservation, processing and marketing of these products; and build the technical and organizational capabilities of rice and onion producers.

PADFA was launched in December 2011 by the Deputy Prime Minister of Agriculture and Development, and the Director of IFAD’s West and Central Africa Division. The project adopts a value chain approach to strengthen the link between agricultural production and demand for food, and between producers and consumers. Accordingly the project emphasizes production and commercialization, and processing capacity. This holistic approach will promote the improvement and diversification of products available on the market to meet consumer demand.

Building synergies between PADFA and the other projects under way in the area will be vital, in particular with the Rural Microfinance Development Support Project, which deals with setting up microcredit services that respond to the needs of producers, and the Roots and Tubers Market-Driven Development Programme which is fostering a market information system for food crops.

A second phase of this project has been financed PADFA II.

Status: Closed
Approval Date
22 April 2010
2010 - 2017
Agricultural Development
Total Project Cost
US$ 24.29 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 19.19 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 3.63 million
Beneficiaries US$ 1.47 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
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Project Contact
Bernard Mwinyel Hien

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Cameroon and IFAD join forces to boost food security with support to small-scale farmers

September 2020 - NEWS
IFAD announced today a US$59.9 million investment to fund a six-year extension of the successful Commodity Value Chain Development Support Project (PADFA) in Cameroon.