GhanaVeg – Update on Program Progress Business Platform – 19 June, 2014 Joep van den Broek GhanaVeg Program Leader Introduction GhanaVeg: to support the private sector in further investing in and innovating Ghana’s vegetable sector. Our motto is ‘Healthy and quality vegetables from Ghana through new ways of doing business’. The GhanaVeg Business Platform aims to be: ● The meeting place for Ghana’s vegetable sector ● Setting the agenda for future investments ● Preparing strategy and market studies ● Driving the public-private dialogue for the vegetable sector. The GhanaVeg Program Focus: ● High-value domestic market and exports ● Commercial vegetable crops: tomato, chili peppers, bell peppers, onions, Asian vegetables, eggplant, cucumber, squash, melons and spices. ● Private sector: entire chain from input supply to retail and from logistics to private extension. ● At farm level the project focuses on: the commercial smallholder farmer, the small investor farmers as well as large-scale farming (with outgrowers). ● 2014-2017 period Program structure and activities Public-Private Dialogue Consultancy Fund GhanaVeg Business Platform Business Opportunities Fund GhanaVeg Secretariat R&D Innovation Fund Business to Business Activities Update 1. MoTI Collaboration Horticulture priority sector in MoTI’s strategy Emphasis on: ● Input supply (subsidy/vouchers) ● Farmer group models (outgrowers/FBOs) ● Logistics (pack & coolhouses) ● Certification (TRAQ) ● Grants and loans (EDAIF) & ● Land (medium-term) MoTI and GhanaVeg to develop a joint action plan Update 2. EU-COLEACP-PIP Export study advises on need for certification; which becomes prerequisite for all EU markets in a few years EU-COLEACP Program can assist in certification (GlobalGAP, HACCP, BRC) Still some room for new applications till 2015 ● Large farms / exporters ● Group certification (small-scale farmers) If interested GhanaVeg can assist with application Applications: http://pip.coleacp.org/en Update 3. B.O. and R&D Funds Call closed 6 May; 11 applicants 4 approved, two presented today 7 were rejected because incomplete (e.g. budget, targets or M&E Framework missing) or not eligible (e.g. no seed company or wholesaler/retailer/exporter) An adapted fund guideline comes out focusing on: ● Intake meeting GV team to discuss feasibility ● More detailed form for applications ● Additional support from GV for proposal dev’t ● Longer time for application (> 2months) The extended call (deadline 9 June) will be assessed soon 3. B.O. and R&D Funds (2) New B.O. Calls with deadline for 1 September will start soon. Proposed topics: ● Chain integration (continued) ● Greenhouse / Nurseries (design & local construction) ● High-end exports R&D Call for Proposals most likely to continue on innovations in input supply: seed, irrigation, fertilizers and crop protection products Contact details Joep van den Broek Enam Gbekor Program Leader Snr Business Advisor [email protected] [email protected] +233 24 853 2850 +233 24 468 0848 Hanson Arthur Fund Manager [email protected] +233 24 523 5432 www.ghanaveg.org Thank you!