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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. 

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Ethiopia

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Ethiopia

Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)

2014 - 2021

MEDA, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, McGill University and Jima University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine are collaborating to increase skills, capacity and knowledge required by the labour market for the commercial agriculture sector in Ethiopia.

Overview

ATTSVE

The “ATTSVE” project is an acronym for Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education.

Goal

The goal of the ATTSVE project is to increase the number of men and women graduates from select Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) Institutions in the Nejo, Woreta, Wolaita Soddo, and Maychew regions, with skills and knowledge required by the labour market for the commercial agriculture sector in Ethiopia.

Reach

The direct clients of the ATTSVE project are the students, administration and instructors of four ATVET institutions that receive both grant funding and technical assistance over the course of the project. There will be additional clients related to the increased capacity of these ATVETs including future students and households.

Context

Most Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (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. ATVETs and the Government of Ethiopia recognize that more emphasis is needed on private sector development and entrepreneurship, as well as curriculum development and content delivery to help support ATVET graduates to acquire employment, build businesses and contribute to their local economies.

Opportunity

ATVETs are the main vehicle for providing agricultural education in Ethiopia. Typically graduates of ATVETs go on to work as Development Agents (DAs) with the Government of Ethiopia. As ATVETs have grown, there are significantly more students graduating than DA positions available.

In recognition of this, the Government of Ethiopia is gradually transitioning from a public sector supply-oriented training approach to demand-driven training directed toward the private sector. ATVET curriculum requires increased incorporation of business, entrepreneurship and value chain concepts to better prepare graduates to enter the workforce.

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Strategy

Through this project, MEDA will work with the selected ATVETs to strengthen the educational and economic capacities of the ATVETs in the areas of value chain development and business management through a holistic approach of:

  • Business advising to ATVETs to promote sustainable and replicable income generating activities for the targeted educational entities;
  • Curriculum development in value chain and business management in the selected ATVETs – to be developed in line with industry best-practices, and Ethiopian agriculture and education policy and environment; and
  • Strengthening academic and industry linkages to facilitate skills development to enable practical learning opportunities for students in appropriate sectors

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Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

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Dalhousie University | Faculty of Agriculture, McGill University, and Jima University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

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Ethiopia

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Ethiopia

Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise In Trade and Agri-business (EMERTA)

2016 - 2022

MEDA’s EMERTA project is committed to increasing sustainable employment and income generation for women and men in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. The project improves the business performance of agricultural producers and of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that buy and supply inputs, equipment and services. Simultaneously, the project will help business service providers, training institutions and government bodies.

Overview

EMERTA

The "EMERTA" acronym stands for Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agri-Business. The EMERTA project is based in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Goal

The goal of EMERTA is increased sustainable employment and income generation by women and men in Amhara region of Ethiopia in rice, vegetable, and gemstone sectors, with a focus on women.

Reach

The EMERTA project will benefit 16,000 women and men and over 275 small businesses in the Amhara Region. Producers and businesses are reached through capacity building programming, motivating them to become engaged actors in local value chains, and promoting partnerships and links to local businesses while providing access to financial services such as business training, grants and loans.

Context

EMERTA focuses on two key sectors of the economy: agriculture (rice and vegetables) and gemstones. These two sectors are targeted to assist the Ethiopian government’s focus on driving economic growth. For this growth to have broad, inclusive impact, small-scale producers, particularly women, must have greater opportunity to participate in the economy. More than 80% of Ethiopians live in rural areas where most households engage in small-scale agriculture and artisanal mining activities. EMERTA seeks to support farmers and businesses in these sectors.

Opportunity

The agriculture and gemstone sectors of the Ethiopian economy are poorly developed. In the agricultural sector, there are challenges with lack of modern machinery, seed systems and agricultural techniques which result in poor quality rice and vegetables that cannot compete with international produce. In the mining sector, typical challenges include lack of modern techniques and machinery for production, undeveloped marketing systems, lack of quality inputs, antiquated practices in sourcing and handling gemstones and illegal trade in mined gems. Both sectors receive little attention and oversight to product quality.

EMERTA focuses on these challenges to create opportunity for those participating in the rice, vegetable and gemstone value chains: rural growers, processors, traders, wholesalers, lapidaries, jewelry makers, etc.

EMERTA also encourages positive policy change at the national level which can help small private business succeed. Much attention is needed to the regulatory and governance aspects of supporting small businesses in Ethiopia, so EMERTA works closely with government partners - from both local and national levels -to encourage positive policies and decision-making. EMERTA’s market systems development approach closely aligns with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan II which considers agriculture and gemstones as a key driver of employment and economic growth.

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Strategy

To achieve the project’s goal, EMERTA strengthens the competitiveness and profitability of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). EMERTA plays an important role by identifying gaps and needs in the existing value chains supported by the project. EMERTA employs an opportunity-led business development approach leveraging the team’s expertise, partnerships, and resources to participate in helping clients overcome some of the greatest impediments to business success in Ethiopia. This approach identifies opportunities, demonstrates viable business models, and encourages market actors to take advantage of these opportunities.

A central principle of the project is -to deliver impact through existing entities. For example, rather than delivering training directly to farmers, the project will focus on building the capacity of rural extension agents. Farmer Training Centers (FTCs) already exist in rural communities and these are used effectively to demonstrate new crop varieties and promote promising agronomic practices. This resource offers women and men farmers a reliable, local source of information that will better prepare them to meet the quality and quantity demands of the market. To strengthen its work in value chain development, EMERTA also integrates gender and environmental sustainability in all three EMERTA sectors.

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Ghana

Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings

2015 - 2021

MEDA, with funding from the Government of Canada, is implementing a 6 year project in the tree crop sector of Ghana.

Overview

FEATS

The project acronym “FEATS” stands for “Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings”

Goal

The goal of the FEATS project is to improve the economic wellbeing of women and men farmers in strengthened tree crop industries in Ghana.

Reach

The project will directly benefit 100,000 women and men farmers, and 35 small enterprises and their employees. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are supported with matching grants to expand their operational and technical capacities to grow quality seedlings, while farmers are provided with trainings and purchase discounts to acquire and plant quality seedlings in an environmentally-sustainable manner.

Context

Ghana’s workforce and economy are heavily dependent on agriculture. Over 1.6 million families are engaged in the cultivation of tree crops. However, tree crop production has seen a significant decline due to diminishing yields of aging trees and inadequate supply of quality planting materials. The declining productivity has significant implications for Ghana’s export industry and could leave over one million families in Ghana without a stable income.

Opportunity

Ghana’s tree crop farmers suffer from low yields owing primarily to aged plants and low quality planting materials. For instance, despite having almost the same land area under cultivation, Ghana’s tree crop farmers are producing almost half the quantity of cocoa and cashew produced by their counterparts in Cote D’Ivoire. Therefore, the need to reinvigorate unproductive farms is great and requires a strong quality seedling supply chain that produces affordable and accessible seedlings for farmers. However, with low capital, substandard infrastructure and inefficient business operations, nursery SMEs are unable to produce quality seedlings and in the right quantities to meet farmer demands.

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Strategy

The FEATS project is underpinned by four pillars:

  1. High Performance Tree Seedlings and Quality Seedling Supply: Improving business capacity of SMEs in the tree crop industries to produce and distribute high performance tree seedlings and other quality seedlings
  2. Financial Capacities: Increasing financial capacity of women and men farmers to purchase high performance tree seedlings and quality tree crop seedlings.
  3. Business Capacity: Increasing capacity of women and men farmers and SMEs to participate in profitable environmentally sustainable tree crop businesses, including farming.
  4. Policy/Strategy Reform: Strengthening policy/strategy capacities of the government of Ghana, its agencies and leading private firms needed to foster commercial markets for HPTS and Quality Seedlings.

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Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

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Ghana Cocoa Board, Tree Global, 35 small enterprises and 25 tree-sector farmer and industry associations

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Kenya

Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) / Maendaleo Sawa (M-SAWA)

2015 - 2022

MEDA in partnership with Global Affairs Canada is increasing business profitability and supporting economic growth in 20 marginalized counties across Kenya.

Overview

M-SAWA

M-SAWA is an acronym derived from the Swahili words Maendeleo Sawa which means Equitable Prosperity, aimed at supporting the equitable growth of Kenyan businesses.

Goal

The goal of M-SAWA is to contribute to Kenya’s economic growth and increase job creation by improving the business, environmental and gender performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs) in the agriculture, construction, and extractives sectors, targeting 20 marginalized counties along Kenya’s two major economic growth corridors.

Reach

The M-SAWA project will benefit 250 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and 20,000 small entrepreneurs. This includes 25 SMEs selected as lead firms to receive matching grants to support a total of 20,000 SEs in their supply/distribution chains, 225 SMEs to receive business development services grants, 10 businesses associations will receive matching grants to support the SME members and 40 SMEs will receive access to investment capital.

Context

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. The government of Kenya has set ambitious economic growth goals; however, to achieve them it will be essential to support the growth of local businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector which currently employs 60% of the population and the growing construction and extractives sectors.

Opportunity

In Kenya, small entrepreneurs (SEs) in rural communities are mainly smallholder farmers. These farmers lack access to sustainable market opportunities and receive poor prices for their produce and products because of their inconsistent relationships with buyers; this limits their income.

Farmers also find it challenging to access agricultural inputs, and the technology and financing they need to adapt to the impacts of climate change and maintain consistent production.

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have access to growing markets but lack the quality supply from SEs to meet this demand. They are also often unable to take advantage of market opportunities as they lack access to business support services, investment capital and other forms of financing. Women-led SMEs and SEs face increased challenges in these areas due to existing gender inequalities and barriers.

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Strategy

To effectively strengthen Kenyan SMEs and SEs and achieve its goal of improved incomes, M-SAWA works in collaboration with key actors in the Kenyan business eco-system including: lead firms (LFs), business associations, business development service (BDS) providers, private equity investment (PEI) funds, and the government of Kenya.

LFs are SMEs who are willing to invest in their own business growth, as well as activities that improve the capacity of their suppliers and distributors. MEDA leverages these existing relationships and market incentives, working through LFs to support grant initiatives benefiting the LFs and the SEs and SMEs within their supply/distribution chains. This may include out-grower schemes, price discounts on green technology, formation of alliances for collective marketing, and improved environmental and gender practices. Similar grants are offered to business associations to address shared supply chain constraints.

In addition, MEDA aims to improve performance of SMEs by co-funding the provision of business consulting services with Kenyan BDS providers and investment firms including Lundin Foundation. M-SAWA increases access to finance through partnering with Business Partners International (BPI) to offer investment capital as well as providing referrals for SMEs interested in accessing debt or equity financing to investment partners and financial service providers.

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Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

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Advance MyanmarLocation: Kayin State, Myanmar

Partnership Overview: The ADVANCE Myanmar partnership pilots the development of a new regional market for East West Seed (EWS), an international seed supplier in Kayin, Myanmar, primarily using a ‘woman lead farmer’ model. This initiative aims to improve smallholder farming practices through training and demonstration plots, and facilitate market linkages to support farmers to sell their produce. This initiative brings together two organizations already active in agriculture in Myanmar: EWS and MEDA. Through MEDA’s Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) Project, MEDA is currently active in 29 villages in Kayin, improving rice production and working closely with the private sector. EWS is working with over 4,000 smallholder farmers in other parts of Myanmar, and across South East and South Asia.

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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.

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Pakistan

Partnerships and Value Expansion for Inclusive Seed Systems (PAVE)

2017-2020

MEDA is assisting the Engro Foundation to test, validate and pilot an innovative inclusive seed business model by building capacity of more than 4,000 women and men smallholder farmers on seed production of rice, wheat and vegetables.

Overview

PAVE

PAVE aims to create a more equitable seed system in Pakistan by training and building capacity of smallholder farmers as seed producers and entrepreneurs. In addition to market linkage expansion for multi-seed crops, MEDA assists Engro in conducting capacity building trainings and gender inclusion

Goal

The goal of the PAVE project is to increase the income of smallholder farmers (SMFs) by sharing the value of growing seed-multiplication crops and selling their seed to processors at a higher price. The project partners with Engro to help them increase seed sales and broaden seed procurement by incorporating SMFs into its seed multiplication network.

Reach

The PAVE project will build capacity of more than 4,000 smallholder men and women farmers on the use of quality certified seed use and seed multiplication through training, connecting them to Engro registered seed suppliers and developing enterprising smallholder farmers as master trainers or seed entrepreneurs to produce their own quality farm-saved seed for further exchange, distribution and selling among the fellow farmers in nearby villages

Context

In Pakistan, 75% of seed in the seed system/value chain is uncertified and sold through informal channels. Although seed is the principle input in crop production, on which the quality of the produce largely depends, the majority of seed supply does not meet the minimum criteria of purity and quality, resulting in poor yields and poor quality harvests. This low-quality seed is primarily used by the smallholder farmers, who constitute 80% of the farmers in Pakistan, while the remaining 20% use the high quality, certified seed produced by seed companies in collaboration with big resourceful farmers. For these resource-poor and risk-averse smallholders to prosper, it is vital to build their capacity as users and producers of quality seed first.

Opportunity

PAVE Pakistan seeks to increase participation of men and women smallholder farmers in the seed value chain and enhance livelihoods, skills, expertise, seed mindedness, crop yields, farming practices and empowerment. The project targets more than 200 villages in Districts of Sheikhupura/Gujranwala in Punjab and integrate 4,000 small-holder farmers into the seed value chain out of which 400 will be women farmers.

This initiative addresses the agricultural seed business for rice, wheat and vegetables. The total industry size for seeding Pakistan is about Rs. 124 billion or AUD $1.5 billion (informal industry Rs. 70 billion and formal industry Rs. 54 billion). The social challenge is that small-holder farmers including women farmers are excluded from this value chain. More than 500 private sector seed companies and large public sector seed corporations are the exclusive seed producers in the country who have developed about 15,000-20,000 seed minded farmers in Punjab. These large-scale, commercial farmers dominate the market excluding smallholders completely from any benefits. This presents a great opportunity for commericial seed players to build partnerships with smallholders as customers and producers of quality seed while at the same time making access to modern farming and seed production techniques easier for smallholders.

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Strategy

Build the capacity of 4,000 smallholder farmers (including 400 women) around quality certified seed use and seed multiplication. This includes:

  • Implementation of rice and wheat-related Best Crop Management Practices (BCMP) and Seed Production trainings to improve their knowledge, skill set and expertise;
  • Targeted results for improving their practices, adoption, conversion to certified seed use, yields, profitability, income, livelihood, empowerment and entrepreneurship;
  • Increasing the likelihood of participation in seed programmes on a sustainable basis.

Improve the readiness of 1,640 smallholders, to participate in a seed multiplication process to a level that commercial companies find it technically viable to work with them.

Convert 300 smallholder farmers, to registered seed suppliers for Engro’s seed business.

Develop approximately 60 enterprising smallholder farmers as Master Trainers to produce their own quality farm-saved seed for further exchange, distribution and selling among fellow farmers in nearby villages.

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Project undertaken with the financial support of Australian Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Business Partnership Platform

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Engro Foundation

Background

The AVENIR project (Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture in English) is implemented by MEDA and its key partner, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Through extensive consultations in Senegal with women, youth, farming households, government’s agencies, private sector and NGO intermediaries, as well as local and national stakeholders, MEDA and CIAT identified impediments to equal decision-making and access to resources at the household and community levels that limit the ability of both women and young people to respond optimally to climate change. These include limited knowledge of farming as a business; limited knowledge of climate-smart agriculture practices; poor irrigation; access to land, improved inputs and mechanized equipment; poor coordination across market actors; and time constraints due to obligations to fulfil household duties.

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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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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.

RAPID Banana Project

Tanzania and Uganda

RAPID BANANA

2019-2022

MEDA, Context Global Development (CGD) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating to commercialize seed multiplication technologies, and new models that drive private sector investment into banana seed systems in Tanzania and Uganda.

Overview

RAPID

The project name “RAPID” is an acronym derived from elements of the project title: RTB (Roots, Tubers & Bananas) Accelerator for rapid Propagation Innovations and Distribution of seeds.

Goal

The goal of RAPID Banana is to get new and improved, higher yielding varieties of banana to farmers in Uganda and Tanzania at an accessible and affordable price.

Reach

The direct beneficiaries of the investment are the 10-15 banana/vegetatively propagated crops (VPC) grantee companies that receive both capital investment and technical assistance over the course of the project. There will be additional beneficiaries related to the increased capacity of these companies including employees and their families.

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Tanzania

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Tanzania

Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC)

2015 - 2021

MEDA in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, is working with 22,500 men and women small entrepreneurs (SEs), 225 small growing businesses (SGBs) and 30 lead firms in the manufacturing, agriculture, and construction sectors to grow their businesses and increase their contribution to rural economies in the Arusha, Morogoro, and Mtwara corridors of Tanzania.

Overview

SSBVC

SSBVC is an acronym for our Strengthening Small Business Value Chains project. Our SSBVC project is partnering with 30 lead firms, competitive business that are market-driven, profit oriented, and sustainable in the Arusha, Morogoro, and Mtwara corridors of Tanzania.

Goal

SSBVC will improve business performance of SEs supplying goods and services to lead firms; improve business performance of SGBs supplying goods and services in response to market opportunities; and improve rural business environment to facilitate sustainable business.

Reach

The SSBVC project is working with 22,500 men and women small entrepreneurs (SEs) and 225 small growing businesses (SGBs) in the manufacturing, agriculture, and construction sectors to grow their businesses and increase their contribution to rural economies in Tanzania.

Context

Despite efforts between 2007 and 2016 that have reduced the country’s poverty rate from 34.4% to 26.8%, the absolute number of poor people has held at about 13 million due to high population growth. Tanzania has a strong dependence on agriculture and agro-processing which makes the economy highly vulnerable to weather shocks and fluctuating commodity prices. 76% of Tanzania's population rely on agriculture. Due to the lack of knowledge and infrastructure to develop and implement new agricultural technology; droughts, floods, or temperature shocks can severely damage the living standards.

Opportunity

Tanzania is a diverse low-income country of around 56 million people with a steadily growing economy, sustaining relatively high economic growth over the last decade, averaging 6-7% a year; yet businesses and entrepreneurs of all levels continue to struggle to meaningfully contribute to the economy. Small businesses and entrepreneurs face constraints with access to information on markets, strick regulatory environment, access to new and environmentally sustainable technology, and access to appropriate financial products.

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Strategy

SSBVC’s lead firm methodology leverages impact using a top-down approach, working via established and growth-oriented businesses to create and sustain business ecosystems. Via these lead firms, the project reach not only facilitates growth (infrastructure, technology, formalization) for these businesses, but to their whole supply chain – from small entrepreneurs to expanded end markets. Over the life of the project SSBVC will provide sustainable Innovation Grants to 30 lead firms who further impact to 22,500 small entrepreneurs; facilitate business services to 225 SGBs; mobilize 60 business alliances fostering formalization and collaboration; partner with business enabling environment stakeholders to improve business environment and facilitate stakeholder dialogue; work with financial institutions to improve financial services; and to leverage a $1 million innovative investment solution to support at least $4 million in lease financing.

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Funder

Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

RAPID Banana Project

Tanzania and Uganda

RAPID BANANA

2019-2022

MEDA, Context Global Development (CGD) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating to commercialize seed multiplication technologies, and new models that drive private sector investment into banana seed systems in Tanzania and Uganda.

Overview

RAPID

The project name “RAPID” is an acronym derived from elements of the project title: RTB (Roots, Tubers & Bananas) Accelerator for rapid Propagation Innovations and Distribution of seeds.

Goal

The goal of RAPID Banana is to get new and improved, higher yielding varieties of banana to farmers in Uganda and Tanzania at an accessible and affordable price.

Reach

The direct beneficiaries of the investment are the 10-15 banana/vegetatively propagated crops (VPC) grantee companies that receive both capital investment and technical assistance over the course of the project. There will be additional beneficiaries related to the increased capacity of these companies including employees and their families.

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Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project

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Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project

Ukraine

Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project

2014 - 2021

MEDA, with partners are collaborating to develop the horticultural sector and increase incomes for 44,000 smallholder horticultural small and medium businesses in the Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine.

Overview

UHBDP

This project is a 7-year initiative to improve the horticultural market system for small farmers and entrepreneurs in southern Ukraine. UHBDP bridges the gap between Ukraine’s elementary agricultural business practices and low yields with technological incentives, e-commerce platforms, business skills training and provide market linkages to increase yields and incomes.

Goal

To improve the livelihoods of 44,000 men and women farmers by boosting their annual sales to $40 million USD, and build production to 50,000 tones.

Reach

Activities have reached a total of 45,000 men and women horticultural farmers and small businesses. Farmers are reached through financial incentives, grants, e-commerce sales, digital promotion platforms, business skills development organizations, and vocational internships from local agricultural universities.

Context

Despite southern Ukraine’s vast agricultural and human resources, and the important role agriculture contributes to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment - government policy reforms have remained stagnant. This gap, combined with poor business and production practices, and inadequate sales models has resulted in low crop yields, earnings per hectare and family incomes.

Opportunity

The main challenges faced by horticultural small businesses in southern Ukraine include poor business and production techniques and inadequate sales models; resulting in low household incomes. This challenge is compounded by poor environmental practices that hinder agricultural development and deplete soil fertility resulting in adverse effects on food safety and food security.

Women face additional challenges due to lack of access to information on harvest, post-harvest, and market knowledge along with reduced access to materials supplied by men service agents. This leads to poor agricultural practices from women, who are involved in day-to-day labour and farm operations.

These challenges provide UHBDP with the opportunity to engage directly with men and women farmers and small businesses to build capacity in gender and environmental sustainability – along with better business practices.

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Strategy

This project aims to meet these opportunities through the following interventions: improve business and production performance of value chain actors, empower small businesses to buy and sell to farmers, and help business service providers, financial service providers, and training institutions to more effectively reach their customers.

UHBDP seeks to address and improve the challenges in Ukraine’s horticulture economic systems by:

  • Increasing production, harvest and post-harvest capabilities by hosting educational events on various production, harvest and post-harvest topics including environmental best practices and gender equality
  • Providing a purchase incentive fund by partnering with twenty-three companies to implement e-Voucher program for environmental certification and sustainable materials, products and services.
  • Fostering environmental sustainable production practices to producers trained on environmentally sustainable practices through online and face-to-face events
  • Building business capabilities and market linkages to partner with lead firms and farmer cooperatives to increase sales during the harvest seasons and build their organizational capacity among small farmers and entrepreneurs.

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Global Affairs Canada

MEDA Partners

MASHAV, MEGA Bank, Zemlya Tavrii, LASKA Fund, ORACS (Odesa Regional Agricultural Consultancy Services), UWFC (Ukrainian Women Farmer’s Council), Agro-Tavria, and five local technical universities.

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