Market Systems - Current Projects

Ethiopia | Agricultural Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)

Ethiopia | Agricultural Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)

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ATTSVE Training PhotoMost Agriculture Technical and Vocational Training Colleges (ATVETs) in Ethiopia are located in rural areas and focus largely on competency-based curriculum approaches and outcomes. ATVETs and their students are increasingly interested in practical programming that emphasizes rural economic growth through agriculture and development of the private sector.

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Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE)

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MEDA's Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE) project with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is committed to the improved access to finance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania by commercializing technology driven supply-chain financing solutions to small and medium enterprise (SME) value chains in East Africa through various banks and financial institutions. 

The project (valued at NOK 29,174,797) will provide technical and financial assistance to MEDA’s implementing partner – Financial Access (FACM), and at least three financial institutions in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. These institutions will facilitate a collateral-free working capital loan to at least 100 SMEs with a total portfolio of at least USD 10 Million through reverse factor and supply finance solutions. 

Project Quick Facts

Goal: Improve access to finance through implementation of supply chain financing franchise model through local banks and financial intermediaries.
Reaching: 100 small and medium enterprises
Funding: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Project length: January 2019 to December 2021

Supporting Documents

 

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Kenya | Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) / Maendeleo Sawa (M-Sawa)

Kenya | Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) / Maendeleo Sawa (M-Sawa)

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While Kenya is generally one of the more developed countries on the Africa content, high levels of inequality and poverty persist, especially in rural areas. Unemployment rates in Kenya are very high at 11%1, with unemployment among youth particularly high at 22.1%2. While many job opportunities exist in Nairobi, limited opportunities exist outside of the capital.

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Pakistan | Partnerships and Value Expansion for Inclusive Seed Systems (PAVE)

PAVE - Client Story (by ENGRO) from MEDA on Vimeo.

Partnership Overview

In Pakistan, 75 per cent of seed is uncertified and sold through informal channels. Most of this uncertified seed does not meet minimum quality standards, resulting in poor yields. Furthermore, most seed in Pakistan is produced by large-scale, commercial farmers. This initiative will instead work with smallholder farmers, introducing them to seed growing techniques and helping them to become part of the seed supply chain (for rice, wheat and vegetable seed). The partnership will bring together Engro Corporation and MEDA, which have worked together previously on large-scale dairy development initiatives. 

Gender Equality

This initiative promotes gender equality by:

  • Promoting women’s economic empowerment through alternative livelihoods – as farmers using better seeds, as seed multipliers and as registered seed suppliers.
  • Enhancing women’s voices in decision making and community leadership through introduction of Women’s Seed Multiplication groups. 

While women work in smallholder farms, they are not in public leadership roles and are not seen as seed producers. The partnership aims to ensure 10 per cent of farmers participating at each level are women - from the initial farmer training through to registration as seed suppliers. The partnership uses Women’s Seed Multiplication Groups (WSMG) and trains women master trainers to enable women to access new skills and information in culturally appropriate settings. 

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Shared Value

This partnership creates shared value by redefining productivity in the value chain.

By working with smallholder farmers, Engro will be able to broaden its seed supplier base and the volume of seed available for sale. These farmers benefit primarily through increased income from producing and selling certified seed, which can be sold at a higher price than regular crops. Farmers also benefit by learning new farming practices and marketing techniques.

MEDA will ensure female farmers are brought into this supply chain. Rural labourers benefit from higher wages that come from supporting seed farming.

Partnership Aims

  • Target villages in the Districts of Sheikhupura/Gujranwala in Punjab to increase participation of male and female smallholder farmers in the seed value chain.
  • Improve skills and expertise to improve smallholder farmers’ crop yields and income.
  • Convert 4,000 smallholder farmers to use certified seeds to improve crop yield and quality, with a target of 400 female farmers.
  • Convert 300 smallholder farmers into registered seed suppliers for Engro’s seed business.
  • Train approximately 60 smallholder farmers to produce their own quality seed.

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Funding

 

Australian Aid (DFAT)Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

DFAT's expertise in development contributes to building stronger, more inclusive private sector growth in the Asia-Pacific region. DFAT does this through sharing its knowledge of business, political and regulatory environments, access to professional networks and catalytic funding. The BPP (Busines Partnerships Platform) is designed as an entry point for new partners, Australian and overseas entities, to work with DFAT to deliver social impact and commercial returns in the region. The BPP actively promotes initiatives that drive women's economic empowerment. 

 

Partner Information 

 

Engro Corporation Engro Pakistan is a diverse company with operations in fertiliser, dairy, energy and chemicals. It also has a fast growing seed business. In 2009 it established the Engro Foundation, a social investment arm. Business inclusiveness is at the heart of Engro’s social impact strategy as the company looks to integrate the underprivileged, youth and women into its value chains. Engro will lead this initiative, including all technical and commercial activities, including working with farmers.

PAVE Wheat Seed block at Dera Balam

Tanzania | Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE)

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The ENGINE project will increase private sector investment leading to inclusive, broad-based economic growth in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). MEDA will be responsible to facilitate the growth and capacity building of a sustainable market for business development service (BDS) providers, resulting in at least 60 BDS providers becoming sustainable. MEDA will support the breadth of BDS services through the development of an eVoucher platform. ENGINE will also employ smart incentives to encourage BDS providers to work with women and youth-owned small-medium entrepreneurs (SMEs). Finally, MEDA will leverage the expertise of 24 North American-based business experts as volunteers in Tanzania.

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Ukraine | Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP)

Ukraine | Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP)

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103 103Ukraine’s agriculture sector is the country’s third largest economic sector and provides 20% of the country’s employment. In spite of excellent growing conditions, Ukrainian agriculture is hindered by comparatively low yields and productivity. The bulk of production comes from the small and medium farms which cultivate 65% of agricultural land.

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Ethiopia | Value Chains for Economic Growth in Ethiopia (VCEGE) / Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agri-business (EMERTA)

Ethiopia | Value Chains for Economic Growth in Ethiopia (VCEGE) / Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agri-business (EMERTA)

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Despite rapid economic growth during the past decade (averaging 10.8% growth/year) 87% of Ethiopians live on less than USD $2 per day. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas where most households are engaged in small scale, frequently subsistence, agriculture. In 2015 the government of Ethiopia released its second Growth and Transformation Plan which lays out ambitious plans designed to move the country to middle income status by 2025. Agriculture and mining are two sectors of the economy that the government will focus on to drive growth. In order for this growth to have broad, inclusive impact, small-scale producers, particularly women, must have greater opportunity to participate in the economy.

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Nicaragua | Techno-Links+

Nicaragua | Techno-Links+

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Background

Due to a difficult history of war, political unrest, economic crises, and natural disasters, Nicaragua is overcoming many challenges as it strives toward economic growth.

Despite recent strides in reducing poverty, Nicaragua remains the least developed economy in Central America. Rural farmers in particular struggle to connect to markets and or prosper in an unstable agricultural economy. Agriculture plays a significant role in Nicaraguan life, especially for women, but productivity and growth rates trail far behind the rest of the region. Meanwhile, climate change is creating challenges for smallholder farmers’ livelihoods.

Since many farmers have little access to technology or technical know-how, they struggle with low productivity. Modern tools and equipment are hard to access as they are expensive, complicated to operate and require training.

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Tanzania | Building an Economically Sustainable Seed System for Cassava in Tanzania (BEST Cassava)

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Cassava is a vital crop for millions of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Cassava has shifted in status from a survival crop to a staple crop and now to a commercial crop generating an economically sustainable livelihood for farmers which is increasingly crucial to the agricultural transformation in Tanzania. Today, cassava farmers experience low productivity due to the use of low yielding varieties, poor agriculture practices and outbreaks of viral diseases which invest and destroy cassava plantings over large areas.

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Tanzania | Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) / Kuza Biashara Sawia

Tanzania | Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) / Kuza Biashara Sawia

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SSBVC - Strengthening Small Value Business Chains from MEDA on Vimeo.

The project aims to contribute to Tanzania’s economic growth and increase job creation by sustainably improving the business performance of small, growing businesses (SGBs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs). MEDA will work with local partners to provide business development services and support market development. MEDA will also help financial institutions improve access to financial services in the extractives, agri-food, logistics, construction, and manufacturing sectors.

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