Agri-food sectors need to transform urgently in order to sustainably feed nine billion people by 2050. The challenge of transforming an entire sector calls for more than simply improving the performance of a single value chain. Increasing the performance of sectors requires an integrated approach, technical and process expertise, a range of different tools and methodologies, and taking interests of multiple stakeholders into account. Our experts are well known for their experience in applying a range of proven and innovative concepts, approaches, models and tools to guide sectors and all stakeholders involved. So they can rise to the challenge.
Creating a vibrant seed sector
Our goal is a vibrant, pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector, achieved by strengthening the capacities of entrepreneurs to produce and market quality seed; creating market demand for a wide range of new, improved and adapted crop varieties; empowering smallholder farmers (in particular women) in decision making; improving services to the seed sector; brokering trade relations with Dutch and international companies; and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships for improving seed sector governance. Our integrated seed sector development approach is applied to national programmes in Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Myanmar; a regional community of practice for Africa; and an annual international course in the Netherlands.
Bringing the Ghanaian vegetable sector to a higher level
We are in the lead of the GhanaVeg consortium, aimed at establishing a sustainable and internationally competitive vegetable sector. Key objectives include improving productivity, facilitating more efficient markets and further professionalising value chains for increased vegetable production and consumption. This is achieved by supporting frontrunners with information on technical innovations and business opportunities. We facilitate coordination between government, industry and knowledge institutes to tackle hampering issues, improve the business climate and enhance sector growth. In addition to facilitating public-private dialogue on issues of strategic concern, GhanaVeg funds innovative business ideas for R&D; arranges trade missions and offers B2B matchmaking services.