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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations, SMEs

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Fonds for: Supporting private operators to increase the quality and quantity of coffee and cocoa exports through good agricultural value chain practices
Main beneficiaries: private operator or non-governmental organisation

Responsible: Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda

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Fonds for: Supporting private operators to increase the quality and quantity of coffee and cocoa exports through good agricultural value chain practices
Main beneficiaries: private operator or non-governmental organisation

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To contribute to the economic development of the EAC region, including Uganda, by increasing the value of both extra and intra-regional agricultural exports, with focus on exports towards the European Union and other ACP countries;
* To support private operators to increase the quality and quantity of coffee and cocoa exports through good agricultural value chain practices

Priorities
* Coffee value chains of development;
* Cocoa Value chains of development

Among financed actions
* Support smallholders to acquire technologies including machines/equipment in order to boost quality demanded by niche export markets including the EU and other ACP countries;
* Support smallholders to adopt more climate resilient systems and practices, including good agricultural practices such as soil & water conservation, mulching, pruning, shading, etc.;
* Focus on gender and youth responsive groups, with a view to support smallholders with bulking the produce, processing, storage, transport and linking with markets and financial institutions through a matching grant scheme;
* Facilitate private operators’ investment in post-harvest handling equipment, agro-processing, drying, cleaning, sorting and storage equipment in order to boost the quality of smallholders’ produce for export to the EU and ACP countries;
* Promote activities aimed at increasing value addition such as new branding and packaging development/testing/awareness, processing up-grade (small-scale processing units, introduce new low-cost, green and resource efficient technologies, etc.);
* Develop traceability systems to ensure originality, authenticity and sustainability of quality produce for export markets;
* Develop and implement certification schemes for niche market, such as sustainable and organic coffee/cocoa, including where relevant the promotion of Geographical Indication Systems;
* Support access to market information through modern technologies and development of systems for improved market information flows to both smallholders and aggregators;
* Improve SMEs export and business capacities, including training/strategic and counselling on business management, marketing, labelling and branding (including GI), export strategies and export transaction, price risk management, post-harvest handling, packaging etc.

Additional information 
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of he action: between 24 and 42 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be a specific type of organisation such as:  private operator or non-governmental organisation;
– Be established in Uganda, EU and other ACP partner states;
– Demonstrate and or has verified export orders of at least 2.5 tons for coffee or cocoa per annum over a three year period
– Are also eligible: Operators who have an operational presence in Uganda and Operators that have a joint-venture/partnership with a local eligible entity in Uganda

– Where the lead applicant is not established in Uganda, it must act with minimum one co-applicant established in Uganda
– In addition to the categories referred, the following are however also eligible as co-applicant: Start-up registered businesses in the coffee and or cocoa value chains

– Actions must take place in Uganda