Project Details

Support Value Chain Development priority Interventions related to GLOBALGAP and good agriculture practices for potato and leafy greens - Rural development and sustainable agriculture

  • ongoingStatus
  • 2015-12-18Start Date
  • 2016-09-30End Date
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The project consists of three main components:

1- Organizing and conducting workshops and trainings for target cooperatives to ensure building their capacities in implementing Good Agriculture Practices, and raising their awareness about GLOBALGAP and other certifications, in addition to growing new varieties suitable for EU and local markets, for better market opportunities.

2- Establishment of demo-plots of new potato varieties to reduce the production cost through providing cooperatives with input supplies and technical assistance; as well as creating germination unit for leafy greens.

3- Participation in the value chain Steering Committee, as part of the value chain development (VCD) interventions process, and with the intention to ensure proper implementation of selected VCD initiatives.

The first component consists of conducting several workshops and training sessions about potato problems and solutions, new varieties (potato and leafy greens) suitable for EU and local markets, and Good Agriculture Practices to be adopted in the demo-plots.

The second one consists of establishing 4 demo-plots for growing introduced potato varieties (Vivaldi, Colomba and Annabelle) aiming to test these varieties following Good Agricultural Practices to ensure quality produce according to standards and contribute to enable farmers export their products to European markets, in order to develop the value chain of potato in Akkar region. In addition, the project will support farmers to access new technologies such as germination prefab room and trapview automated pest monitoring system. These equipment will support future income generating opportunities in this sector and would ensure sustainability of the intervention on selected varieties.

The third component includes the participation in the value chain Steering Committee. This committee was established at the outset of the implementation of selected VCD initiatives as prioritized by the LED dialogue to serve as an advisory and strategic guidance group for the project and VCD initiatives, identify other specific interventions not considered and recommend an implementing partner, monitor overall progress towards achievement of the VCD initiatives objectives and monitor attainment of the project’s objectives against a series of measurable criteria. In addition to monitoring, the steering committee serves as a platform whereby decisions are made for selecting and assigning key actors for VCD implementation of interventions.