Regional integration and cross-border trade linkages across the Sahel are instrumental in having functional and integrated value chains in the region. It is estimated that the Sahel region roughly meets 2/3 of its needs in food through local production. Food loss is high due to lack of processing and difficulties to match production supply with market demands. In addition, rural and market infrastructures are poor, and public policies, the business environment and investments are not supporting the private sector (from producers to transportation to traders until final consumers).
Through this call for proposals, IFAD will contribute to promote an inclusive territorial development approach to generate sustainable economic and social growth, support job creation for women and youth, improved nutrition, and climate-resilient agricultural technologies in the West and Central Africa region, and in particular in countries in the Sahel.
Goal, objectives and expected outcomes:
The overall goal is to develop at regional level a sustainable model of operational and policy stakeholders’ platforms supporting the development at regional level of a family farming model that optimizes economic and social opportunities of cross-border regional trade. The two expected outcomes are the following:
- At operational/ground level (i.e. economic clusters/markets/trade corridors), a better knowledge and evidence-based understanding of the role of a sustainable and climate resilient family farming model able to diversify regional agricultural production while addressing better integration of markets and consumers’ needs;
- At policy and institutional level (i.e. UEMOA, AU, bilateral Commissions, etc.), a more efficient coordination, concertation and harmonisation of relevant institutions/organizations concerned by the development and management of agricultural markets and cross-border trade corridors generating and implementing more adequate sectoral strategies and policies reforms.
The Grant will also contribute thanks to its direct linkages to the on-going and future IFAD’s large investment programs in the region to the following outcomes:
- Better value added (transformation/processing/trading) given to products by improving marketing and logistic of existing semi-wholesale markets and of regional cross-border trade corridors;
- Increase in volume and efficiency of traded products with reductions in transaction costs
- Jobs and wealth creation for women and young people along the enhanced value chain (individual and SMEs, employment opportunities, increased income revenues, access to “business” services i.e. education, internet and mobile connectivity, finance services).
Direct and indirect target group:
The project will directly target approximately 100,000 rural households (min 50% women, 50% youth) in the pre-selected countries within 3 trade regional clusters (i.e. West : Diaoubé/SeneGambia-Guinea, East : Niger-Nigeria 2KM - Kano-Katsina-Maradi, Centre : Dakar – Ndjamena) within the project’s areas. Specific targeting will be identified under on-going and future IFAD’s projects engaged in the key food production basins and relevant to cross-border trade corridors development (i.e. ProDAF in Niger and AgriFARM in Guinea, REDE in Guinea Bissau). It will also target all the public (ministries of Economy and Finance/Agriculture/Trade, national customs agencies, municipalities, decentralised technical services) and private actors (Farmers Organizations and Cooperatives, Unions of Trackers and Traders) involved along the key value chains and concerned trade corridors.