Programme profile

MADE: Market Development for Northern Ghana

Programme Index Listing

Location
Ghana
Main implementer
Nathan Associates
Other implementers
Itad, DAI Europe
Donor
DFID
Duration
2013 - 2018
Total budget
US $ 22 million
Annual budget
US $ 4.5 million avg
Resources
Market diagnostics
Ghana MADE: market diagnostics
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Our objective is to improve incomes and increase resilience of poor farmers and small-scale rural entrepreneurs in Northern Ghana.

Market systems and interventions

Onions

  • Improve farmers access to and use of improved inputs and services 
  • Improve the onion supply chain in the Upper East 

Vegetables

  • Improve farmers’ access to and use of improved varieties of vegetables 
  • Improve the vegetable supply chain in northern Ghana 

Groundnuts

  • Support multiplication of certified seeds for market varieties of groundnuts
  • Develop groundnut supply chain with top-of-the-supply-chain buyers through aggregators 

Rice

  • Support multiplication of certified seeds for market varieties of rice 
  • Develop paddy rice supply chain with Avnash and other buyers through the use of aggregators 

Cross-cutting

  • Facilitate the provision of Business Development Services to support small processors and traders, mainly women 
  • Manage the Business Growth Acceleration Module 
  • Promote sustainable radio agri-programming in the North 

Results (2016)

Onions

  • Over 2,500 farmers placed orders for improved dry season varieties as a result of being exposed to the performance of the improved variety through field demonstrations. This indicates a strong willingness by smallholder farmers to invest in improved seed.
  • International seed suppliers are actively building distribution channels through local input dealers to ensure the improved seed is available and accessible to the farmers.

Vegetables

  • International seed suppliers partnering with MADE supplied a total of 400kg (from near zero before MADE’s intervention) of improved vegetable seed varieties to agro-input dealers during the last quarter of 2015 alone, meeting the demand of an estimated 1,650 farmers.
  • As a result of a 250% increase in demand for improved seeds in the last quarter of 2015 alone, input dealers have diversified their source of improved seed varieties beyond the seed suppliers MADE has directly linked them with, a sign of adoption.

Rice

  • More than 6,000 (75%) of the farmers who attended the field days organised by MADE aggregator business partners have replicated at least one of the good practices demonstrated.
  • Two aggregator businesses that MADE introduced to a local top-of-the-supply-chain buyer have agreed supply arrangements and signed supply contracts, and a further nine are at various stages of negotiation: these aggregator companies source paddy from close to 10,000 smallholders.

Groundnuts 

  • MADE initiated the development of a functional Groundnut Alliance to address the co-ordination failure among market actors and improve information flow among groundnut market actors to enhance the evolution of functional supply chains for seed and aflatoxin free groundnuts.
  • A southern based groundnut processor has procured 12MTs of aflatoxin 'free' groundnuts from one of MADE’s aggregator business partners in the groundnuts market: a sign of the effectiveness of MADE’s brokerage.

 

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