GhanaVeg Business Opportunity Fund
GhanaVeg believes that vegetable input suppliers, private extension providers, exporters, processors, wholesalers and retailers, are the key chain actors that will drive the change in the sector. Closer arrangements in terms of contracting, service provision and certification between the chain actors can boost the reliability and quality supply of vegetables to the high-end domestic and export markets, as well as benefit smallholder farmers in increasing productivity and direct market access.
Target vegetable crops include: tomatoes, onions, capsicum, okra, garden egg, eggplant, fresh beans, Asian vegetables and members of the Cucurbitacea family (cucumbers, squash, butternut and melons).
This Call for Proposals invites: domestic and foreign companies in the vegetable input supply, private extension, exports, processing, wholesale and retail to develop a proposal for GhanaVeg 50% co – financing that focus at:
- The development of direct chain arrangements between exporters, processors, wholesalers and/or retailers on the one hand and vegetable producers on the other hand with the aim of building long-term market partnerships.
- Exploring new sourcing and retail business models for alternative market outlets.
- Exploring direct (new) dedicated (high-end) export channels for high-quality and healthy vegetables from Ghana.
- Development of farm extension and training activities (service provision) for a small- and medium-sized vegetable farmers.
- Development and use of innovative and cost-effective cooling systems by both SMEs and small-scale farmers (as part of the direct work with vegetable producers).
It must be emphasized that the Call specifically focuses on activities that go beyond the individual vegetable company and focuses on the integration of the company’s activities with smallholder and medium-sized producers, with a potentially sector wide impact. In this respect, the examples provided above are guiding. As a result, the proposed activities should contribute to:
- Increase in farmer productivity and income from vegetable production.
- Support to healthy and quality vegetable production, taking into account sustainable environmental and food safety standards.
- Support to the certification of vegetable produce under a label that represents Good Agricultural Practices (i.e. Global GAP and/or Ghana Green Label).
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