Unlocking the potential of Rwanda’s horticultural and coffee value chains to ensure the supply of safe products to local, regional and international markets

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The global objective of this call for proposal is to unlock the potential of Rwanda’s horticultural and coffee value chains to ensure the supply of safe and high-quality products to local, regional and international markets. The specific objectives of this call for proposal are: (a) Lot 1: (1) support to horticultural high-value chains, SME- and agribusiness development; (2) increase household income of small-holder horticultural producers through increased productivity of horticultural value chains that improve access to local, regional and international markets; (3) improve global competitiveness, reliability & profitability of the Rwandan horticultural value chain; (4) support horticultural value chain financing, including seed capital, venture capital and trade finance support for producer-based organisations, aggregators, processors, exporters and service providers; (5) upgrade horticultural value chains to generate more employment opportunities by introducing labour intensive enterprises, while also using appropriate infrastructures and technologies; (6) strengthen horticulture exporters and associations to international buyers and strengthen their relationship; and (7) upgrade local companies towards international certification programs and accreditation, including ecommerce platforms providing two-way information for supply and demand, as well as pricing.

(b) Lot 2: (1) enhance coffee value chain development; (2) increase household income through increased coffee productivity, inputs use, and distribution of price incentives to coffee growers; (3) ensure improved coffee quality production and appropriate infrastructures; (4) empower and enhance effectiveness of coffee farmers’ organisations and where necessary coffee marketing entities/companies; (5) enhance rewarding activities for coffee actors (Coffee days, coffee farmers competition); (6) improve coffee value chain financing from farmers through exporters; (7) support improved traceability, production methodologies, quality assessment and certification, including for market specifications and social-environmental standards establishment; and (8) upgrade local companies towards international certification programs and accreditation such as GlobalGAP, Organic and Fair Trade accreditation.

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must be: (1) be a legal person or a natural person; and (2) be established in a Member State of the European Union or in ACP countries or in the European Economic Area or in a developing country as included in the list of ODA recipients, or in member countries of the OECD.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Rwanda.

4) Budget

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposal is €7,680,000 of which €4,000,000 are from the 11th EDF’s complementary measures and €3,680,000 are from EU-EAC MARKUP Program: (1) Lot 1: Support to horticultural high-value chains, SME- and agribusiness development: €4,680,000; (2) Lot 2: Enhance Coffee value chain development: €3,000,000. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between €1,000,000 and €3,000,000. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the minimum (50%) and maximum (80%) percentage of total eligible costs of the action.

5) Application

The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted online via PROSPECT. The deadline for the submission of applications is 27 March 2019 at 17:00 (Rwanda date and time).