GhanaVeg’s Innovative Irrigation Call seeks to assist the private sector interested in promoting innovative irrigation technologies with the potential off accelerating the commercialization of vegetables.
This Call therefore invites both domestic and foreign companies involved in irrigation services to develop a proposal for GhanaVeg 50% co-financing that:
- Introduces new methods for irrigated vegetable production that optimize resource use efficiency;
- Introduces easily adoptable, cost-effective technologies in irrigated vegetable production with reduced negative environmental impacts and efficiency of water use;
- Introduces borehole systems that are adaptable for irrigated vegetable production;
- Proposes innovative financing models for farmers to acquire irrigation technology / equipment (e.g. Build-Operate-Transfer schemes);
- Provides intensive after-sales support for farmers on efficient water management, agronomic practices and equipment maintenance;
- Creates linkages between irrigated production and vegetable markets.
- Sets up demonstrations of irrigation systems and practices
50% Co-financing can also cover capital investments (max. 35%) for new irrigation technologies; after-sales support and training activities (maintenance and use of irrigation equipment).
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
All companies soliciting co-financing under the GhanaVeg Program should adhere to the following minimum criteria. These will be pre-screened upon submission by the GhanaVeg Secretariat. If not complied with, the application will be immediately rejected. They are as follows:
- Be a legally recognized company (LTDs, PLCs, BVs) and must have demonstrated a sound operational track record of at least two years in Ghana.
- Be involved in selling and/or importing irrigation equipment or irrigation support services.
- If applicant is a foreign company without a footprint in Ghana, the Ghanaian partners must have at least two years track record in Ghana.
- Have audited accounts.
- Be prepared to disclose bank account covering at least three months of business operations.
- The proposal must address the arrangements and issues as presented in this Call.
- Have a fully filled in project proposal in line with the provided format.
Required Engagement with GhanaVeg
Interested applicants who meet the above eligibility criteria are required to:
- Submit a 1-2 page concept note to GhanaVeg’s Senior Business Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Schedule an Intake Meeting with GhanaVeg’s Senior Business Advisor to discuss concept note and plan of work
All applicants need to consider the following during their proposal development:
- Must address the arrangements and issues as presented in this Call
- Proposal to be developed in accordance with the project proposal format as described in the GhanaVeg Fund Manual; carefully filling in all boxes, the M&E indicator framework and the co-financing budget template
- Proposed activities should be additional to the core business of the company; all budgeted costs to be attributed to new project activities
- Proposals should focus on one or more of the following three outcome indicators:
- Productivity increase
- Growth (value- US$) of domestic high-end market
- Growth of export value (US$)
- Applications are to make clear projections on:
- Targeted farmers and farm workers (both directly and indirectly)
- Improved sustainability (environment/food safety) at farm level
- Productivity and income increase of targeted farmers and farm workers
- Company sales / turnover
- Companies are requested to also indicate how the proposal fits into their broader long term objectives
Overall Support from GhanaVeg
- 50% co-financing grant for the project’s activities.
- Additional technical support from well experienced agronomists from Wageningen UR, with the possibility of developing specific training modules for crop production and postharvest management.
- Actively facilitate linkage of the company to other chain actors (buyers, agro-dealers, farmers etc).
After passing the minimum eligibility pre-screening by the GhanaVeg Secretariat, an independent Grants Selection Committee will evaluate applications on the basis of: Economic Viability, Technical Approach, Implementation Capacity, Value-for-Money and Corporate Social Responsibility. These criteria are further explained below:
Economic Viability (20%)
Proposed activity must show a cost-benefit analysis indicating a roadmap towards profitability in the short to medium term (3-5 years). This should be calculated taking into account the injection of the grant support, and consider the total project cost, cash flow projections and profitability.
Technical Approach (20%)
This is the degree to which the proposed activity offers an innovative approach that meets the overall objectives and indicators over the life of the project. It can include the proposed extension approach, business model and/or service delivery model. Projects should be well thought through, with logical linkages between inputs and expected outputs.
Implementation Capacity (20%)
The extent to which the applicant and her institution/company are capable of undertaking and accomplishing the proposed activities, based principally on the company profile and past achievements, as well as the qualifications of key staff being involved in the project.
The relationship between the co-financing grant that is requested and the significance and quality of the projected outcomes (as mentioned above in the outcome indicators). It also relates to the ambition level of the proposal, e.g. in terms of number of farmers/farm workers targeted or productivity increase aimed at. In addition, this indicator assesses whether the resources requested are reasonable in the context of the proposed project.
Corporate Social Responsibility (20%)
Corporate Social Responsibility involves the company’s approach towards social and environmental issues. The criterion assesses to which extent the proposed activity is likely to have meaningful, sustainable impact and demonstrative inclusiveness of women, youth and/or small-scale farmers.
Proposals need to be submitted on or before Wednesday June 1, 2016, 5 pm Ghana time.
Submitted documentations should include:
- A signed Project Proposal Application form, including a completed budget (in line with the budget format)
- Company profile and track record
- Other supporting attachments and documents as stated on the application form
All documents need to be addressed and sent to the GhanaVeg Fund Manager by e-mail: Mr. Hanson Arthur (email@example.com).
Annex: GhanaVeg and Innovative Irrigation
GhanaVeg’s motto is: “Healthy and quality vegetables from Ghana through new ways of doing business”. GhanaVeg supports the development of a sustainable and internationally competitive vegetable sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth and has the capacity to continuously innovate in terms of products and services”.
Under the GhanaVeg umbrella a number of innovative business ideas can be accommodated that support this mission. In total 27 Business Opportunity Funds are available between 2014 and 2017 for innovative, frontrunner companies, both from Ghana and abroad. The Business Opportunities Fund aims at mobilizing new innovations and investments that address key gaps in the vegetable sector. Companies can apply for 50% co-funding to a maximum amount of €50,000 per proposal. The duration of the activities is for a period of between one and three years.
This Call for Proposals addresses the eminent gap of innovative irrigation technologies for vegetable production in Ghana.
Key constraints in the vegetable sector
From literature and past projects a number of key constraints have been identified that hamper the further growth of the vegetable sector:
- Low availability and knowledge of improved inputs;
- Limited and / or rudimentary use of irrigation;
- Limited agronomic skills and practices;
- Poor food safety for both the domestic and export market;
- Poor postharvest management; and
- Weak linkages between different chain actors.
This call specifically addresses the 1st, 2nd and 3rd constraint.
The Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) has identified four key constraints affecting the formal, informal and commercial irrigation subsector through a consultative review process. These include:
- Low agricultural productivity and slow rates of growth;
- Constrained socio-economic engagement with land and water resources;
- Environmental degradation associated with irrigated production;
- Lack of irrigation support services.