Sustainable Employment through Agribusiness (AgriBiz): Promotion of MSMEs in the agribusiness sector and implementation of the EU com-ponent Ghana Agriculture Programme (GAP)

Despite sufficient exploitable natural re-sources, Ghana's agribusiness micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) in the informal and formal sectors are insufficiently competitive in domestic, regional, and international markets, resulting in job-creating growth that falls short of its potential. In an integrated approach, the project strengthens capacities for inclusive, private sector-led creation of productive employment in the agribusiness sector, nationwide, with special focus on processing and trading/marketing MSMEs directed by women and youth.

At the same time, it supports a stronger ecologically sustainable orientation of agricultural production in selected value chains in northwestern Ghana (EU co-financing), strengthening the capacity of small scale producers to effectively supply raw materials to agribusiness MSMEs.

Programme Objective:
The conditions for creating productive employment in MSMEs in the agribusiness sector are improved.

AFC is fully responsible for the following result indicators:

  • 500 supported agribusiness MSMEs, of which 175 are women-owned, have increased their prof-its by 3% in each marketing year
  • Supported MSMEs have created 1,000 jobs (full-time equivalents), of which 400 are for women and 750 for young people
  • In northwestern Ghana, 1.000 supported agricultural producers and 10 agribusiness MSMEs in-crease their supply volume of cer-tified and/or licensed products to buyers in domestic, regional and international markets by 5% each.

AFC contributes with GIZ to the following result indicator:

  • 500 MSMEs supported, of which 175 are for women-owned busi-nesses, record substantial im-provement with respect to three key competitiveness criteria: (a) reduction in post-harvest losses, (b) increased capacity utilization, (c) increased product quality, (d) product innovation, (e) process innovation, (f) development of new markets, (g) improved corporate management (h) access to finance, (i) cost reduction, and/or (j) improved employee performance