Inclusive Business for Sunflower Value Chain Project

Regions Covered:
In Chamwino, Kongwa, Kondoa, Bahi and Chemba Districts of Dodoma region
Target Beneficiaries:
10,000 smallholder farmers (SHFs) in Dodoma Region, 10,646 SHFs of which 47.73% are women and 51.9% are youth women and 31.7% are youth.
Market Facilitator:
Project Duration:
9 month
Project Goal:
Increased and sustained income and employment opportunities of the productive poor women, men and youth women and men engaged in smallholder farming and agricultural micro small and mmedium-scaleenterprises (MSMEs) in the sunflower value chain through increased productivity and sales by smallholder farmers, small-scale processors, sunflower seedcake aggregators and more inclusive business enabling environment.

=>Agenda: Developing Sunflower value chain market systems 

Systemic Constraints Addressed: 

  1. Low accessibility to improved seed.
  2. Low technical knowledge on good agricultural practices (GAPs), post-harvest handling (PHH) and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)
  3. Lack of Legal contracts with SHFs

Proposed Intervention: 

  1. Strengthening the business relationship and linkages between farmers and seed suppliers.
  2. Support SHFs and small-scale processors to access financial services for the bundled services.
  3. Organize negotiation meeting between farmers, Banks and PASS on Business plans and Loan Guarantees.
  4. Administer loan repayment by the FOs and individual farmers borrowers.
  5. Facilitate contractual arrangements between farmers, small scale processors and larger processors/buyers.
  6. Develop small-scale farmers’ legal knowledge and literacy on contract preparation and contract fidelity between the buyers and the farmers through their farmer organisations.
  7. Facilitate training on climate-smart agricultural practices and technologies and link the farmers with the service providers who are offering the technologies such as seed planters.

Expected Changes:

  • 80% of 10,000 SHFs purchase and use improved seeds.
  • SHFs improve their capacity to do business profitably.
  • 50% of 10,000 smallholder farmers (35% women, 20% youth and among youth 40 female) improve practices on GAPs and CSA.
  • 70% of 4,000 smallholder farmers (35% women, 20% youth and among youth 40 female) increased productivity, build resilience and other associated mitigation benefits.
  • 50% of 5000 farmers (35% women, 20% youth and among youth 40 female) delivered cleaned sunflower grain to processors.