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Small-Scale Grants

The Missing Middle Initiative (MMI) responds to an urgent need for additional program support to farmers' organizations, producer organizations, and small and medium enterprises and, as such, piloted ways to provide these specific entities with funding and capacity building to test out their ideas and projects.

All of the project concepts originate from producer organizations themselves and, together with the selected Supervising Entity partner, they design the project proposals, coordinate to submit and then continue the partnership through implementation. The MMI is designed for smallholder farmers and their organizations to thrive. In everything we do, we ensure our partner organizations receive better access to finance, technology, and markets. We also provide enhanced managerial, governance and technical capacity, and crowding-in of additional resources from the private sector actors in the agriculture value chains.

Moving forward under GAFSP’s revised operational model, in addition to public and private sector actors, producer organizations will be eligible to apply directly for grant financing.

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Inclusion of Rural Youth in Poultry and Aquaculture Value Chains in Mali

In Mali, GAFSP is providing $2.61 million to support a project focused on the inclusion of rural youth in poultry and aquaculture value chains with the Association of Professional Farmers’ Organizations (AOPP) and National Coordination Agency for Farmers’ Organizations in Mali (CNOP), with IFAD. This project supports the creation of sustainable economic activities benefiting rural youth, including training in technical, organizational, and financial issues in the poultry and fish farming value chains. It is also expected to have a positive impact on rural jobs. The project was launched in November 2017.

Project Design Document

Using the eGranary Mobile Platform to Deliver Economic Services to Farmers in East Africa

In Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, GAFSP is providing $2.61 million to support the Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF), working with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to use mobile platforms to deliver services to farmers. This innovative communication and payment platform will create a virtual space for the brokering of commercial partnerships and contracts between farmers and off-takers and input dealers. For every dollar invested by GAFSP, $1.90 will be leveraged from the private sector. It is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2018.

Project Design Document

Increasing Access to Finance for Farmers’ Organizations in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, 55 smallholder farmer organizations, working with FAO, were awarded $2.48 million for a pilot project to enhance access to finance and markets by strengthening their capacities on management, governance, and engagement in agriculture value chains. Based on performance and extent of partnerships with private sector companies, the project will provide grants to MMI farmer organizations that can be used as a revolving fund to provide small loans to individual smallholder farmers. The project launched in May 2018.

Project Design Document

Improved Quality and Quality Processing for Improved Nutrition and Increased Farmer Development in Mali

A second project in Mali was awarded $3 million to strengthen four main rice producer organizations. Socodevi and Malo, working with the World Food Programme (WFP), will improve producers’ organizations’ ability to provide value-added services for members, ultimately improving the quality of paddy and milled rice and commencing fortified rice production, and attracting private sector investment in the rice supply chain. For every dollar invested by GAFSP, $2.40 will be leveraged from local banks. It launched in April 2018.

Project Design Document

Strengthening Rural Women’s Livelihood for a Sustainable Economic Development in Senegal

In Senegal, a $2.48 million grant will support l’Association des producteurs de la vallée du fleuve Gambie (APROVAG) and Yacare Niani Wulli (YNW) with FAO in strengthening rural women’s livelihoods for sustainable economic development. The project will improve agricultural productivity and market access for smallholder farmers, especially women and youth, who are members of producer organizations in East Senegal. It is expected to launch in September 2018.

Project Design Document

Knowledge-Sharing Across Projects

In October 2019, the first MMI workshop took place in Dakar, Senegal, bringing together stakeholders from the five projects –producer organizations, project implementing partners, Supervising Entities, and GAFSP Steering Committee CSO representatives– to discuss and exchange lessons learned and to provide monitoring and evaluation support. The workshop helped project teams identify operational challenges and opportunities, clarify partner roles and responsibilities, share knowledge, and capture transferable lessons. A second MMI learning workshop will take place in 2021.

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