Programme profile

Katalyst - Phase 3

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Location
Bangladesh
Main implementer
Swisscontact
Donor
DFID, SDC, Danida
Duration
2014 - 2017
Total budget
US $ 27.5 million
Annual budget
US $ 9 million
Resources
Results and reviews
The story of Katalyst
Annual report 2015

Project description / objective

To increase the competitiveness of micro, small and medium sized enterprises in key urban and rural sectors.

Market systems and interventions

Maize

We work with:

  • Private input companies to provide quality inputs and information to promote maize cultivation in suitable regions
  • Processing companies and other relevant actors to take-up strategies for providing farmers with market access
  • Commercial compost producers to develop efficient production and distribution mechanisms, and facilitate public and private service providers to promote better technology for quality homestead compost production to cater for a greater number of vegetable and maize farmers
  • Market actors to be more proactive in disseminating information on micronutrient usage

Farmed fish

We work with:

  • Input providers to use better ingredients, technology and production processes to increase the availability of quality inputs to farmers
  • Input providers and other relevant actors on marketing techniques to promote quality inputs and farming practices to small farmers

Vegetables

We work with:

  • Private companies to provide quality seed to vegetable farmers through better sourcing, marketing and distribution
  • Market actors to be more proactive in disseminating information on micronutrient usage
  • Commercial compost producers to develop efficient production and distribution mechanisms; and public and private service providers to promote better technology for quality homestead compost production to cater to a greater number of vegetable farmers
  • Crop protection solution providers to offer a wider range of control options, including the safe and judicious use of pesticide and new IPM products to vegetable farmers
  • Market actors to provide various services to farmers and other relevant value chain actors to reduce post-harvest loss and to improve trading practices throughout the chain
  • Micro finance institutions (MFIs) and agro-input companies to provide embedded services to increase the profitability of farmers by practicing innovative business promotion models

Information channels

We work with:

  • Telecommunication companies to provide agricultural solutions; other relevant market actors use ICT to improve farmer access to information and services
  • Content developers to provide agriculture content to information channels (e.g. agriculture helplines)
  • Academia and training institutes to build the capacity of aspiring and practicing journalists to represent agriculture better in the news, features and relevant services
  • Research firms who supply information data on rural viewership trends, to enable the media and advertisers to more effectively target and reach rural audiences.

Local agribusiness network

We work with:

  • Public extension departments to collaborate with relevant private sector actors through better resource management to deliver improved agricultural services
  • Central offices of extension agencies to adopt PPP in service delivery functions
  • Agricultural traders and other relevant private stakeholders to provide diversified agriculture services to targeted farmer groups.

Women's economic empowerment

We work with:

  • Input companies and other relevant actors to develop service delivery mechanisms effectively targeting women farmers and entrepreneurs in quality input supply
  • Private companies, NGOs and other relevant actors to develop appropriate service packages and/or delivery mechanisms to effectively reach women farmers and entrepreneurs with relevant information and knowledge
  • Private companies, government organisations and NGOs to provide improved and relevant market links to women farmers and entrepreneurs.

Results

By the end of 2015:

  • Katalyst has benefited over 1 million additional farms and MSMEs, generating additional nominal net income for farms and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by over $109 million (approx.).
  • 52 business competitiveness initiatives have been undertaken by relevant companies, public, private sector actors etc. as a result of Katalyst’s work.

[Updated June 2016]

Final update, 2018:
The project finished in March 2018.
Project results can be viewed on the Katalyst archive website

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