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The Matching Grant Fund will be used to leverage private sector investments for implementing activities that accelerate the development of the rice industry in the 3 project countries (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). The overall aim of the Matching Grant Fund is to serve as a vehicle for achieving the vision and objectives of the CARI-EA project. Projects approved under the fund shall result in sustainably increasing income for rice farmers through:
1. Increased productivity, commercialization, profitability and resilience for enterprises of smallholder producers of rice.
2. Strengthened and expanded access and competitiveness in the national and regional markets for the locally produced rice.
3. Strengthened local, national and regional enabling policy and institutional environment for optimal commercialization of the rice sector