Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP) Project Sheet

Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP)
1) Period
  • 2007-2014 (8 years)
2) Target Area and
  • 80 districts (integrated activities in 56 districts and planting material
beneficiaries multiplication and distribution alone in 24 districts)

  • Small/medium/large scale Root and Tuber (R&T) producers and processors
3) Donor
  • IFAD and GoG
4) Objective                               •   To   build  a   competitive   market-based   Root  and   Tuber   Commodity   Chain

 

(RTCC).

  • To enhance market capacity through (i) increased number of R&T commodity chains established and functioning; (ii) increase in processed R&T products; (iii) increased number of MSEs on formal business lines; and (iv) increased productivity of R&T-based cropping systems.

5) Components

•    Support to increased commodity chain linkages

  • Support to R&T Production
  • Upgrading of small-scale R&T Processing, Business and Marketing Skills
  • Programme Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation

6) Available support for agribusiness

  • Through the establishment of Good Practice Centres (GPC), the project provides business trainings for traders and farmers in the chain. As of 2010, ten processing enterprises have been upgraded to GPCs. Examples are:
  • Josma Agro-industry (Mampong, Ashanti): Using improved stove for gari processing, it’s a weekly production of 80kg bags increased from 14 bags to 35 bags. It buys raw materials from 25 smallholders.
  • Asuogya GPC (near Techiman, Brong Afaho): It increased the weekly procurement of tubers from 10.4 tonnes (2 trucks) to 26 tonnes (5 trucks).
  • Kanyitiwelle GPC (in Damango, Northern): Roasting capacity per worker doubled to two bags a day. No specific information of products is available.
  • The project facilitates access to the Micro-Enterprise Fund (MEF). Until 2010, 105 R&T processors had access to the MEF matching grant to purchase improved equipment.
  • Total grant size was GHS 81,000 disbursed by Kwamaman Rural Bank.
  • 59% were female processors.
  • MEF beneficiaries have been assessed to be improving on savings and banking attitude through regular interaction with participating financial institutions.

7) Outputs/Impacts/ Lessons

•    According to the 4th annual report, increased access to MEF from various platforms (e.g. farmers and traders forum) was identified.

  • Business development trainings and planting material distributions went well.

8) Annual report (2010) is attached. http://mofa. gov. gh/site/?page id=715

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