Component 2. Access to markets:
The outcome of this component is “inclusive commercial partnerships between strengthened FOs and buyers through public-private producers’ partnerships”.
will focus on value chain and market linkages. It will finance:
(i) agricultural value-chain interaction platforms (AVIPs)– one rice AVIP and one vegetable AVIP will be established in each region targeted by the project with key value-chain stakeholders (producers, processors, traders, transporters) and the voice-based market information system introduced by NEMA will be scaled-up;
(ii) capacity development of the National Coordinating Organization for Farmer Association in The Gambia (NACOFAG) as well as the national commodity organizations of food processors, rice and vegetable growers; and
(iii) the construction of markets and roads.
will support business ideas of4Ps, particularly those focused on post-harvest and value addition elements. The Project will ensure that:
(i) FOs and SMEs prepare high-quality business plans with a particular focus on women-led FOs and SMEs; and
(ii) matching grant resources are efficiently mobilized and utilized. As a pilot, and after the mid-term review, matching grant funds will be blended with potential private capital from the Gambian diaspora; and
(iii) post-investment business support is available to sustain the 4Ps, through linking the SMEs to specialized business development services, including certification and food safety standard.