Value Chains Development

The core of ValueLinks is the systemic approach – the idea that VCD can only proceed as a systemic change of the VC. The different elements of the system, i.e. farmers and businesses, the technology and business models they use, their contractual relations, financial and technical services, and the governance structures and legal framework are closely connected and depend on each other. The ValueLinks methodology establishes a connection between the systemic view of economic sectors and specific solutions to be promoted by development projects. 

We support value chains development in the following sectors: 

  • Cosmetics Sector in Niger State 
  • Soy Processing in Niger State 
  • Poultry in Plateau State 
  • ICT/eCommerce in Edo and Ogun State 
  • Cassava Processing in Edo and Ogun State 
  • Recycling in Lagos State 
  • Leather and Garment in Kano and Lagos State 
  • Tomatoes and Chili in Kaduna and Kano State 
  • Ginger in Kaduna and Plateau State 

Objective

To improve the coordination between value chain actors to increase the supply of cassava from farmers to processors. This will ensure the right raw material is delivered to processing plants in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
To support the actors, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies for cassava production and processing in the value chain.

Partners

Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State
OGADEP
Cassava Revolution programme
All farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN)
Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA)
Mokk Investment Limited
Unilever Plc
National Cassava Processors and Marketers Association
IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture)
FIIRO (Federal Institute of Industrial Research)
Saro Agro Science
TOOAN (Tractors Owner and operator Association Nigeria

Initiatives

Capacity Building and Training

  • Group formation and organisational development
  • Rapid Stem Multiplication
  • GAP (Good Agronomic Practice)
  • Sustainable Agricultural practice (SAC)
  • Farmer Business School (FBS)
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Weed management control and safe use of herbicides
  • Strengthening capacity of processors to guarantee quality and regular supply of finished cassava products
  • HQCP (High quality cassava peel).

Strengthening Supply Chain Management of Cassava Factories

  • Advocacy for the provision of rural infrastructures (through state/ LG’s interventions)
  • Clustered farmers group around processors for better coordination
  • Sensitized actors on contract farming and encouraged signing of MoU so as to ensure guaranteed supply of raw materials.

Promote Quality Management and Effective Fiscal Policy Advocacy

  • Organised Innovative Stakeholders Platform/Forums/Meetings
  • Adequate monitoring of all processors/farmers on quality assurance, standards and best practices
  • Conducted surveys to assess the current status of cassava VC in the state
  • Advocated for single digit interest rate (BoA, BoI, commercial banks, etc.) on credit to farmers, processors and relevant cassava stakeholders in a timely manner.

Objective

To facilitate increase in yield and income of small holder Producers.
To support access to improve Potato seeds and market linkages and opportunities.

Partners

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD)
Nigerian Agricultural Seed Council (NASC)
National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI)
Plateau State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
Plateau Agricultural Development Program (PADP)
Plateau Potato Value Chain Program (AFDB Funded)
Agricultural Services and Training Centre (ASTC)
Solanum Potatoes & Vegetables Producers & Marketers Enterprise
Potato Traders & Marketers Association
Fruits & Veggies Global Limited
Netherlands Embassy Nigeria
ShopRite
Lovely Potato Crisps
Rubetec Nigeria Limited

Initiatives

Capacity Building

  • Group Development and Strengthening for farmer Groups/Cooperatives
  • Good Agricultural Practices in Potato Production and Storage (GAP)
  • Farmer Business School (FBS)
  • Safe use of Crop Protection Gang Sprayers Training
  • Soil TestinG

Institutional Strengthening of Solanum Enterprise

  • Group Development & Strengthening ToT for farmers Representatives
  • Farmers Topic Days at Local Government Areas
  • Soil Testing ToT
  • Farmer Business School ToT
  • Solar Irrigation Installation & Maintainace Training
  • Positive Potato Seed Selection ToT

Establishing & Strengthening Market Linkages

  • ShopRite
  • Fruits & Veggies
  • Agra Innovate (Trade Fairs)
  • Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers & Exporters Association of Nigeria (AFGEAN)

Strengthening quality Management systems in Potato / Seed Production

  • Seed Sprouting & Positive Selection Training for farmers Cooperatives.

Objective

To strengthen the capacity of farmer groups, institutions and service providers of agricultural mechanization for effective service delivery.
To facilitate conducive business environment, market linkages and access of rice producers to agricultural Mechanization services, finance and inputs.

Partners

Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN)
Tractor Operators Owners Association of Nigeria (TOOAN)
Tractor Operators and Hiring Facilities Association of Nigeria (TOHFAN)
Machine and Equipment Corporation Africa (MECA)
Agricultural Mechanization Equipment Fabricators Association of Nigeria (AMEFAN)
Nigeria Automobile Association of Nigeria (NATA)
Farmers Group
Niger Rice Advocacy Group
Jubaili Agrotech
Dizengoff
HarvestPlus
Chinige Technological services
Habgito Tillers
Borgu MFB
Bank of Industry (BoI)
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing on Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL)
Haynes worth International Nigeria Limited
Business Development Service providers (BDSPs)
Niger State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
Federal Ministry of agric, & Rural Development
National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI)
National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM)
Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)
Niger State agric. Mechanization development agency

Initiatives

Facilitating Technical and Business Skills Development Training

  • Group formation and development
  • GAP Trainings
  • Best practices on rice processing
  • Financial Literacy
  • Basic Financial Management
  • SME Business Training and Coaching Loop
  • Fabrication of improved agricultural equipment
  • Power tiller operations and maintenance
  • Support the participation of VC actors at local and relevant national conferences and stakeholders’ fora.

Facilitating Market Linkages

  • Annual agricultural Equipment and Machinery trade show
  • Farmers field day events
  • Facilitate VC actor’s coordination through Stakeholders fora
  • Advisory services

Facilitating Access to finance and Inputs

  • Linking FGs and SPOs to partners banks through B2B events
  • Work with BDSPs to facilitate business plan development for FGs SPOs
  • Facilitating agro input loan for FGs in collaboration with banks and agro input companies
  • Assisting FGs and SPOs to access BoI agric. mechanization support fund

Policy and Institutionalisation

  • Support the Development and Strengthening of umbrella associations
  • Use of Public Private Dialogues to address business enabling environment issue

Facilitating strengthening of conducive business environment

  • Develop business models that facilitate the competitive provision of agricultural mechanization services within the rice producing clusters.
  • Partnering with BoI on agric. mechanization support fund for FGs and SPOs
  • Develop financial models that enable small farmers and SPOs to access soft loan from banks that assist them in acquiring agricultural equipment and machinery for individual useage and for rental to other farmers through the operation of commercially viable hire services.
  • Facilitating agric equipment and machinery hiring and maintenance centres within the rice producing clusters

Objective

The goal of our ICT/ E-commerce value chain work is to support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), evident in improved income and employment situations, by leveraging on technology, capacity building and strengthening collaborations between e-commerce platforms and hubs, to attain competitiveness in the market space.

Partners

  • Ministry of Digital Economy, Science and Technology and Bureau of Information Technology
  • Technology Hubs
  • Nigeria Computer Society
  • E-commerce Platform operators
  • Logistics Firms
  • Edo Innovates

Initiatives

  • Gap Analysis/ Sectorial Research
  • Tech convergence workshops and Dialogues
  • ICT Hackathons
  • Information technology development Contest
  • E-commerce Readiness Training
  • Digital Marketing Trainings
  • Customer relations Training
  • Training on Hardware and software development
  • Organization Development Trainings
  • Tech Conference/ Expos

Objective

GIZ – SEDIN initiated the Cassava Processing Value Chain Development project in Edo and Ogun States with the objective of promoting Income and Employment Creation for targeted MSMEs in the value chain. The project recognises that one of the key requirements for the growth in the value chain is rapid development of the value chain as it relates to improved processing capabilities, enhanced branding, and market & financial linkages. This SEDIN programme has prioritized its focus to promote job creation and improvement in the incomes of targeted MSMEs through cooperatives/BMOs in the cassava processing value chain in Edo and Ogun state. 

Partners

  • Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ogun State Cassava Revolution Programme (OGCRP)
  • Ogun State Agricultural Development Extension Programme (OGADEP)
  • Ogun State Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment
  • Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMET)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)
  • Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)
  • National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
  • All farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN)
  • Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA)
  • National Cassava Processors and Marketers Association (NCAPMA)
  • Cassava Cottage Processing and Marketing Association of Nigeria (CACOPMAN)
  • Edo State Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
  • Edo State Ministry of Environment
  • Edo Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperative
  • Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (BENCCIMA)
  • Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMET)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)
  • Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)
  • National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
  • Edo State Cooperative Farmers Agency
  • Edo State Exporter Cluster
  • Edo Jobs (Edofac)
  • Women in New Nigeria (WINN)
  • Association of Women Farmers of Nigeria
  • Integrated Cassava Processors Cooperative Society

Initiatives

Stakeholder Engagements

  • Jointly agree with stakeholders on the key technical skills necessary for achieving improved income and employment in the Cassava Processing VC within both states.
  • Jointly develop actionable concepts/business model templates for homogenous MSMEs, coops/BMOs and market stakeholders.
  • Development and improvement of cassava processor’s value chain database in the states

Capacity Building and Training Initiatives

Build capacities of target groups through a sequenced, layered, integrated and collaborative hands-on learning system in the following areas;

  • Climate Change Management and Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Product Standardization, Traceability, Packaging and Branding
  • High-Quality Cassava Peel (HQCP) Production
  • Entrepreneurship and Financial Capacity Development Training
  • Technical and Managerial Capacity Development for Women Stakeholders
  • Group Formation and Organizational Development

Market and Financial Linkages

  • Facilitate B2B market linkages for MSMEs and Cooperatives/BMOs within the value chain to large off-takers and corporations
  • Facilitate and aid the creation of local markets HQCP in the states to enhance adoption and increase in production for HQCP
  • Facilitate financial linkages for value chain stakeholders via workshops, seminars and expos.

Cassava Processing Value Chain Strengthening Initiatives and Advocacy Activities

  • Strengthen enterprise and institutional capacities on access and use of appropriate/improved technologies (including small-scale processing, digital equipment and logistics), and facilitate linkages where available.
  • Design step-down and multiplier concepts for supported cooperatives/BMOs and market stakeholders on capacity improvement initiatives.
  • Build the capacities of cooperatives/BMOs to multiply information, training and technical support to their MSMEs using simple digital solutions and face-to-face approaches.
  • Support other institutions (including research institutes, public and facilitating institutions) capable of multiplying the value chain capacity support and linkages to MSMEs in the Cassava Processing value chains in Edo and Ogun
  • Enable access to information and advisory services for MSMEs, cooperatives/BMOs and market stakeholders.
  • Support stakeholder’s forum engagements for actors/cooperatives/BMOs within the value chain to ensure cooperation and alignment of all stakeholders in developmental activities

Objective

The SEDIN programme is committed to supporting Nigeria’s efforts in improving and scaling the recycling ecosystem by enhancing access to finance and business services, strengthening entrepreneurial and managerial skills, and ultimately addressing key barriers, gaps, and challenges along the plastic waste recycling value chain in Lagos State. This is steered towards sustaining the productivity and capacity of the plastic recycling ecosystem in boosting economic growth and income channels for households and communities, especially for women and youth.

SEDIN is providing support to MSMEs in partner organisations such as business cooperatives, business membership organisations, market associations, Business Development Committees (BDCs), and Local Economic Development Fora in improving their service delivery to their members. Further, SEDIN is strengthening owners of MSMEs, employees of MSMEs, cooperatives/BMOs, identified public institutions and service providers, private stakeholders and larger companies in the plastic recycling value chain.

Partners

  • Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
  • Lagos State Waste Management Authority
  • Circular Economy Innovation Partnership
  • Financial Sector Deepening Africa
  • Fate Foundation
  • Lagos State Employment Trust Fund
  • Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre
  • Lagos Recyclers Association
  • Waste Management Society of Nigeria
  • Recyclers Association of Nigeria
  • Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria
  • Waste Pickers Association
  • Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance
  • Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency

Initiatives

  • Organisational Development Training for BMOs in the plastic and waste value chain- RAN, LAGRA, WAMASON, Wastepickers and AWAMN
  • Handholding and small grant training for Wastepickers Association
  • Digital Literacy Training for Wastepickers Association
  • Business Entry Guide on setting up a plastic waste recycling business in partnership with FATE Foundation and LSETF
  • Symposium on plastic recycling wealth creation opportunities in Eti-Osa, Ikorodu and Alimosho local governments
  • Circular Lagos Tournament
  • Unveiling of the Lagos State Waste Plastic Management Policy
  • Digital Innovation Fair & Circular Economy Exhibition
  • Participation in the NASSI Tradefair on access to market
  • Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Plastic Recycling Value Chain
  • Success story documentary on Circular Lagos Project
  • Support to WAMASON’s peer learning and study tour to three recycling facilities in Ibadan
  • Access to Finance linkages intervention Forum for plastic value chain actors

Objective

The focus for leather and garment value chain is placed on high-quality leather goods (FLG) and garments. The programme will also focus on improving market linkages and supporting the development of domestic brands within the leather and garments clusters, giving attention to African prints and designs.

Partners

leather artisans and clusters
tanneries,
garment producers
African prints makers

Initiatives

  • entrepreneurial training and coaching for MSMEs and clusters in the sectors
  • improve the knowledge and ability to manufacture leather goods and garments with emphasis on rapid customization, mechanization, division of tasks, production at scale as well as assurance of uniform quality

Objective

The focus for leather and garment value chain is placed on high-quality leather goods (FLG) and garments. The programme will also focus on improving market linkages and supporting the development of domestic brands within the leather and garments clusters, giving attention to African prints and designs.

Partners

leather artisans and clusters
tanneries,
garment producers
African prints makers

Initiatives

  • entrepreneurial training and coaching for MSMEs and clusters in the sectors
  • improve the knowledge and ability to manufacture leather goods and garments with emphasis on rapid customization, mechanization, division of tasks, production at scale as well as assurance of uniform quality

Objective

The focus for leather and garment value chain is placed on high-quality leather goods (FLG) and garments. The programme will also focus on improving market linkages and supporting the development of domestic brands within the leather and garments clusters, giving attention to African prints and designs.

Partners

leather artisans and clusters
tanneries,
garment producers
African prints makers

Initiatives

  • entrepreneurial training and coaching for MSMEs and clusters in the sectors
  • improve the knowledge and ability to manufacture leather goods and garments with emphasis on rapid customization, mechanization, division of tasks, production at scale as well as assurance of uniform quality