Commercial Agriculture and Value Chain Management Project (GCAV)

The development objective for the project is to improve productivity and access to market of targeted agricultural commodities for smallholders in the project area. The project will: (i) rehabilitate irrigation infrastructure to enhance the resilience of agricultural production systems to climate change-induced weather shocks in selected areas; (ii) rehabilitate/build commercial post-harvest infrastructure to facilitate processing and marketing of agricultural products (iii) support strengthening of the technical, institutional, managerial and marketing capacities of smallholders and their organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in agricultural production and value chains, to more effectively operate in a market-driven environment; and (iv) provide institutional-strengthening support to improve the governance of Gambia National Agricultural Investment Plan. The selected value chains are rice and horticulture (vegetables), for which accessible markets exist and productivity gains are achievable through adoption of proven technologies.

 

 

Objectif global

To improve productivity and access to market of targeted agricultural commodities for smallholders in the project area

To support targeted investments to remove critical constraints, improve productivity and build organizational and institutional capacities, both private and public, along the value chain of targeted commodities

Objectifs spécifiques

To rehabilitate irrigation infrastructure to enhance the resilience of agricultural production systems to climate change induced weather shocks in selected areas

To rehabilitate/build commercial post-harvest infrastructure to facilitate processing and marketing of agricultural products

To support strengthening of technical, institutional. managerial and marketing capacities of smallholders and their organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in the agricultural production and value chains, to more effectively operate in a market-driven environment

Résultats attendus

2,500 ha of existing tidal irrigation schemes rehabilitated for intensive rice cultivation and 100 ha vegetable garden schemes equipped with modern irrigation facilities established and post-harvest loses reduced from 30% to 5%

Increase in production of target commodities (irrigated rice- 75000mt; vegetable – 45000mt) due to project interventions

500 female producer groups, cooperatives and water users’ associations benefited from capacity building from the project

Construct/rehabilitate 3 processing and marketing facilities and establish 60 new small and medium scale agricultural services enterprises thereby improved quality and competitiveness of domestically produced rice and horticultural products

350 entrepreneurs trained in management skills (planning, Financial management, marketing etc.)

Budget

19 270 000