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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Industry, Local development

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, SMEs

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, Northern America, Pacific, Switzerland

Category: Call for proposals

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Eligible countries: EU and EEA Member States, ACP countries, Developing countries in the list of ODA recipients, OECD Member States

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Funds for: Support the horticultural and coffee value chains in Rwanda
Main beneficiaries: M/SMEs

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Support the horticultural and coffee value chains in Rwanda
Main beneficiaries: M/SMEs

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* Unlock the potential of Rwanda’s horticultural and coffee value chains to ensure the supply of safe and high-quality products to local, regional and international markets;
* Lot 1: Support to horticultural high-value chains, M/SME- and agribusiness development:
– Increase the household income of small-holder horticultural producers through increased productivity of horticultural value chains that improve access to local, regional and international markets;
– Improve global competitiveness, reliability & profitability of the Rwandan horticultural value chain;
– Support horticultural value chain financing, including seed capital, venture capital and trade finance support for producer-based organisations, aggregators, processors, exporters and service providers;
– Upgrade horticultural value chains to generate more employment opportunities by introducing labour-intensive enterprises, while also using appropriate infrastructures and technologies;
– Strengthen horticulture exporters and associations to international buyers and strengthen their relationship;
– Upgrade local companies towards international certification programs and accreditation, including e-commerce platforms providing two-way information for supply and demand, as well as pricing
* Lot 2: Enhance coffee value chain development:
– Increase household income through increased coffee productivity, inputs use, and distribution of price incentives to coffee growers;
– Ensure improved coffee quality production and appropriate infrastructures;
– Empower and enhance the effectiveness of coffee farmers’ organisations and where necessary coffee marketing entities/companies;
– Enhance rewarding activities for coffee actors (Coffee days, coffee farmers competition);
– Improve coffee value chain financing from farmers through exporters;
– Support improved traceability, production methodologies, quality assessment, and certification, including for market specifications and social-environmental standards establishment;
– Upgrade local companies towards international certification programs and accreditation such as GlobalGAP, Organic, and Fair Trade accreditation

Priorities
* Lot 1:
– To increase the income of smallholder farmers, employment creation and increased number and revenues of M/SMEs;
– Inclusiveness of youth, women and other disadvantaged groups;
– Reinforced partnerships among extension, research, market actors and producer communities for innovation and knowledge development;
– Development of horticulture value chain infrastructures that benefit and release bottlenecks in the horticulture value chains (this should not include large-scale infrastructure);
– Development of financial instruments for funding investments in the sector;
– Development of Public-Private Partnerships that significantly improve reliability, quantity, and quality;
– Accompanying private companies and public bodies for exports to comply with international market requirements;
– Interventions linking local enterprises with the international market;
– Development of export standards strategy and code of practice;
– Strengthening the “Rwandan Horticulture branding” and geographical indication
* Lot 2:
– To increase the income of smallholder farmers, employment creation and increased number and revenue of M/SMEs;
– Working with private companies to ensure fair distribution of quality related premiums to smallholder farmers;
– Development of financial instruments for funding investments in the sector ;
– Improved linkage of producers to niche markets valuing quality;
– Reinforced partnerships among extension, research, market and producer community for innovation and knowledge development;
– Empowering growers’ organizations and strengthening their effectiveness in representing their members, lobbying and advocacy, and price negotiation roles;
– Accompanying growers ‘organizations and private entities in certification and socio-environmental standards (organic coffee, fair trade);
– Supporting the Coffee Washing Stations to build partners capacity in terms of production and productivity, proximity extension services and management;
– Strengthening the “Rwandan coffee branding” and geographical indication;
– Regional integration and harmonization of quality assurance mechanism;
– Organisational and infrastructure development support in compliance with the requirements of the market 

Among financed actions
* Lot 1:
– Support the establishment of new, and expansion of existing, value adding chains for trading, processing or marketing of produce in local, regional and international markets;
– Fostering adoption of appropriate innovative solutions and technologies, particularly climate smart innovations;
– Establishment of robust domestic market information services through the Private Sector, Farmer Organisations or PPP approaches;
– Develop specific modules, curricula for particular subjects that expert will be trained on and will refer to and guidance / or code of practice;
– Promotion of the development and improved governance of the horticulture value chain;
– Establishment of a platform for information sharing and dissemination on all related trade information and EU market requirements;
– Ensuring that the “safety/quality assurance principle” is built across the value chain;
– Strengthening the technical capacity of quality assurance and safety assurance
* Lot 2:
– Establishing coffee producers’ platform to determine coffee cherry farm-gate price;
– Create high yield competition per tree and well-maintained plantation among coffee growers;
– Strengthen ties between coffee washing stations and cherry suppliers (farmers) to enhance quality and premium redistribution;
– Develop production of organic and fair coffee, the certification and link producers with market;
– Improve coffee washing technics and their capacities to comply with certification and traceability needs;
– Develop financial products specific to coffee value chain actors;
– Develop coffee products, certification and traceability with regards to market needs; 
– Strengthen governance in coffee organizations;
– Market access requirements to different destinations;
– To establish selection criteria for potential candidates for trainings according to the targeted area;
– Ensuring that the “safety/quality assurance principle” is built across the coffee value chain;
– Strengthening consumer associations

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 48 and 60 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal or a natural person;
– Be established in a Member State of the European Union or in ACP countries or in the European Economic Area or in a developing country as included in the list of ODA recipients, or in member countries of the OECD;

– Applicant must be registered for at least 2 years at the moment of submission;

– A consortium composed of at least 2 applicants must be involved