SSBVC

Lead Firm Profile - HomeVeg

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Lead Firm Profile - HomeVeg
HomeVeg is dedicated to achieving mutually beneficial contract farming with smallholder farmers located in Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tanga regions. The company builds the capacity of these farmers to enable them to acquire good agriculture practices (GAP). The company also helps farmers to establish formalized groups and thereafter trains them on international exporting standards as required by the EU. HomeVeg ensures that its farmer groups are GLOBALGAP certified as a pre-requisite to sell their produce to the EU market. HomeVeg supervises all agronomic practices done by farmers, collects their produce, grades them and then exports to EU, mainly the Netherlands and Belgium (other potential markets are UK and Germany). The main produce grown by HomeVeg smallholders are snow peas, sugar snaps, and fine beans. Other potential products include leeks, baby carrots, passionfruit, runner beans, chilies and baby corn.

Lead Firm Profile - Natural Extracts Industries

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Lead Firm Profile - Natural Extracts Industries
NEI is a social enterprise company established in 2011 with a vision to accelerate economic development of smallholder farmers by adding value to local crops. This is achieved by manufacturing natural food extracts, which entails working across the end-to-end value chain of various crops, from cultivation, to post-harvest processing, to value-add flavour extraction and to market commercialization. Products produced currently include extracts from vanilla, orange, cacao, cinnamon and coffee; plus, gourmet-grade bourbon vanilla beans which are processed on-site. NEI works with over 1,200 vanilla farmers in the Kilimanjaro, Arusha, and Morogoro regions.

Lead Firms Explained

Lead Firms Explained
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has expressed interest in better understanding the ‘Lead Firm-centric Value Chain Development’ (“LF-VCD”) method as reflected in the approved Proposals and Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) for newly launched projects in Kenya and Tanzania and how this approach differs from the value chain development approach GAC is accustomed to seeing in the projects it funds, including others implemented by MEDA. This is referred to herein as the ‘Small Entrepreneur-centric Value Chain Development’ (“SE-VCD”) method. This paper first identifies how MEDA defines the term ‘Lead Firm’ and then describes the differences between these two methods and the reasoning for preferring, at times, to apply one rather than the other.