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Benin - Agricultural Competitiveness and Export Diversification Project (Inglês)

The objective of the Agricultural Competitiveness and Export Diversification Project for Benin is to increase productivity and market access for selected agri-food value chains in Benin. The Project has five components. 1. Strengthening the enabling environment and infrastructure for agri-food value chains development component will support the Government’s ability to provide an enabling environment for competitiveness enhancement. 1.1. Enhancement of relevant public institutions and policy framework for export promotion subcomponent support the government in offering essential public services, building administrative capacity, and in making informed policy decisions that enhance competitiveness, climate resilience and export diversification in the agribusiness sector. 1.2. Development of critical infrastructure and market information systems subcomponent will finance climate-resilient public infrastructure, namely the construction of an energy efficient cold storage freight terminal and related trade infrastructure at the new airport that will be built at Glo-djigbe, and other public infrastructure to be identified through the Competitive Reinforcement Engagements (CREs) process. 2. Increasing productivity, connectivity, value addition, and resilience component support actions to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the agri-food products, starting with pineapple and cashew nuts and proceeding with other priority value chains identified. 2.1. Enhancing the availability and access to quality inputs subcomponent will: (a) Enhance the availability of quality planting materials for pineapple; (b) Enhance the availability of quality planting materials for cashew; (c) Enhance access to stress-tolerant, high-yielding planting materials for targeted value chains; (d) Rehabilitate existing ageing cashew plantations; (e) Provide technical support to National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAB). 2.2. Improving farmers’ access to knowledge for climate-smart agriculture, quality enhancement and value addition subcomponent will: (i) boost farm productivity and incomes within targeted value chains; (ii) promote the strengthening of producers’ organizations; and (iii) strengthen resilience by increasing the adoption of quality and food safety standards in post-harvest and processing activities. 2.3. Rehabilitation of rural roads subcomponent will finance public infrastructure, namely the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads to enhance access to markets and the competitiveness of selected value chains. 3. Promoting Private Investment and Access to Finance component has two subcomponents. 3.1. Investment support subcomponent will support the creation of a matching grant mechanism for business development by farms and agri-food Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) at both production, processing and ancillary activities including Business Development Services (BDSs). 3.2. Risk Sharing Mechanisms subcomponent provide increased incentives for financial institutions to lend to private sector firms and critical service providers in the agri-food sector by sharing the burden of risk associated with private agri-food initiatives, as well as supporting access to finance for agribusiness SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 4. Project Management component will fund the operation of the Project Management Unit (PMU) during the entire implementation period. 5. Contingent Emergency Response Component will be triggered only when the Government has officially declared an emergency and a statement of the facts is provided justifying the request to activate the use of emergency funding.


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    Benin - Agricultural Competitiveness and Export Diversification Project

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    value chain; strategic development; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; risk sharing facility; Environmental and Social Management Plan; fruit and vegetable; small and medium enterprise; economic and financial analysis; information and communication technology; adaptive capacity to climate change; farmer; average annual daily traffic; investment and export promotion; lack of access to markets; price product; adverse effects of climate change; Agriculture; fresh fruit and vegetable; access to finance; Grievance Redress Service; Food and Nutrition Security; resettlement action plan; global partnership for development; capacity-building activity; gender based violence; effect of climate change; impact of climate change; Integrated Pest Management; access to financial service; access to international market; monitoring and evaluation arrangement; community health and safety; external current account deficit; resilience to climate change; Highway Development and Management; agricultural sector; food value chain; received evidence; access to land; debt service relief; market failure; increase in income; cold chain; agriculture and service; climate change mitigation; gender and youth; loss of livelihood; employment in agriculture; poor rural road; multilateral development bank; Diversification of Production; inclusive economic growth; crops and climate; good investment climate; income of farmers; risk-sharing facility; land use right; quality of delivery; Agricultural Value Chain; equality in employment; equitable development outcome; agriculture sector; economic growth prospects; means of production; inequality of opportunity; Posts and Telecommunications; rapid population growth; capacity for enforcement; long-term climate change; financial management specialist; poverty reduction program; quality planting material; due diligence assessment; agricultural extension activity; amount of risk; cotton sub sector; per capita income; universal primary education; capacity for implementation; government's action; risk category; agricultural and food; risk of debt; long-term debt sustainability; good hygienic practices; grievance redress mechanism; Value for Money; international supply chain; emissions from agriculture; private sector actors; public service delivery; poverty reduction target; intensive production system; Climate Change Policy; food safety control; return on investment; improved seed variety; quality of infrastructure; private sector operator; private investment; rural area; extension service; agricultural production; food crop; matching grant; cotton production; increase productivity; extreme poverty; productive asset; institutional context; export market; market access



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