THE COMCASHEW CASHEW MATCHING FUND

Adopting Good Agricultural Practices results in better quality of raw cashew nuts while stable, reliable linkages between farmers, processors and buyers is extremely essential for the competitiveness of African cashews. These are the lessons the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) project African Cashew initiative (ACi) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) learned from years of implementing cashew sector interventions.

The ACi Cashew Matching Fund was launched in September 2012 to leverage contributions from processors, FBOs and buyers and/or retailers, as well as public research institutions, to enable them to implement specific interventions or actions that lead to desirable outcomes for the cashew sector. The ACi Cashew Matching Fund is a unique public private partnership model and the only fund for cashew worldwide.

The Matching Fund is managed by the African Cashew initiative (ACi), and commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with participation by IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative. The ACi Cashew Matching Fund supports activities in either Improved Cashew Planting Material or Strengthening the Supply Chain of African Cashew. After the first call in September 2012, and subsequent calls in 2013 and 2014, there are presently 18 farmer linkage and research projects, with over 30 partners implementing projects amounting to $12.18 million out of which $4.54 million is contributed by the Matching Fund Grant. Through the Fund about 150,000 cashew farmers are supported in four countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mozambique. 

 

How does the COMCASHEW Cashew Matching Fund work?

In Cashew Matching Fund projects the grantee and the African Cashew initiative (ACi) as well as other funders match their experiences and funds to finance project activities in two areas: improved cashew planting material and strengthening the supply chain of African cashews. Eligible projects are mainly in the five ACi project countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique

 

Plan for 4th Call

Call for Concepts or Full Proposals from 7th to 24th January 2015, followed by review and decision making from 25th to 31st January 2015. Contracting of successful projects will be done thereafter. Project implementation commences from 1st March 2015.

You wish to learn more about the ACi Cashew Matching Fund, would like to have detailed information about applying for funds and like to receive the full Concept Application Form

Please contact:

Ernest Mintah ACi Matching Fund Manager in ACi Office Accra, Ghana ernest.mintah@giz.de 

or

Helene Widmer ACi Project Manager in GIZ Headquarters Eschborn/ Germany helene.widmer@giz.de

Please submit your completly filled in Application electronically with all attachments to Cashewfund@giz.de

In case of any questions, please contact us through the same email-address.

 

ACi Cashew Matching Fund Factsheet

 

 
Key Activities

Key Activities per Project Area and Funding Partner

 

 

Expected results & key activities:

  • Improved quality and quantity of cashews produced, and thereby of kernels produced
  • Enhanced knowledge transfer to cashew farmers
  • Strong linkages and ties between processors/buyers and farmers (Effective Business linkages with farmers)
  • Strengthened entrepreneurial skills of owners and staff of processing factories
  • Improved market access (access to price and production information, etc.)
  • Improved cashew value/supply chain


 

Supporting information on Box 6 Business Development Services (BDS):



The BDS support to processors is designed to strengthen the management practices of  processors and enhance their recordkeeping and planning, to enable them build direct linkages with the financial sector for improved access to investment and working capital.  The BDS training shall include modules in financial management, administrative procedures, human resource management, market trend analysis, and business planning, among others, and should be delivered by a consulting firm with relevant experience and  skills in auditing, accounting and financial management.

 

 


Practical Information

Funding Ratio and Limit?



 

Who can apply?

  • Cashew processors (should meet AFS standards and be ready to upgrade);
  • Farmer-based organizations;
  • Buyers/traders who purchase kernels from Africa;
  • International kernel retailer;
  • Private sector foundations.


Applicants need to be registered members of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA).

 

 GIZ specific requirements:

  • Project duration of maximum 12 months;
  • An application shall be made by at least two entities (e.g. a processor partners with a buyer or retailer for a specific project);
  • Eligible projects are obliged to employ the services of business service providers to provide technical assistance in order to guarantee good quality of all activities implemented under the Matching Fund Grant;
  • Eligible projects shall be implemented in the 5 ACi project countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique;
  • Specific ACi/GIZ reporting requirements to be fulfilled.

  



Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible for funding and can be accounted for by private partners as in-kind or cash contribution:

  • Cost of external technical staff or implementing partners  assigned on the project to provide specific services on the indicated activities.
  • Travel and subsistence cost of the above-mentioned technical staff, where such travel are relevant for the execution of the project  activities.
  • Cost of conference, seminars, workshops and other facilities emanating from the project.
  • Cost of research and dissemination of information, printing etc.
  • Direct travel expenses in relation to for instance dissemination or training delivery.
  • Machinery and equipment needed to demonstrate a skill, for instance pruning of cashew.
  • Auditing of final project accounts
  • Contingency (not exceeding 5% to be justified)

 

The following cost are not eligible for funding:

  • Purchase of land
  • Taxes, including VAT
  • Items or activities previously financed by the Cashew Matching Fund or another Funding agency
  • Debts and provisions for losses
  • Transport of goods, insurance and bank transaction cost.


 

 


How to Apply


You wish to learn more about the ACi Cashew Matching Fund, would like to have detailed information about applying for funds and like to receive the full Concept Application Form

Please contact:

Ernest Mintah ACi Matching Fund Manager in ACi Office Accra, Ghana ernest.mintah@giz.de 

or

Helene Widmer ACi Project Manager in GIZ Headquarters Eschborn/ Germany helene.widmer@giz.de

Please submit your completly filled in Application electronically with all attachments to Cashewfund@giz.de

In case of any questions, please contact us through the same email-address.


Requirements

4th Call

  • Eligible entities that can partner to apply for the Cashew Matching Grants Fund are: i) processors for cashew nuts and apples, ii) farmer based organizations (FBOs), iii) buyers/traders who purchase cashew  kernels or apple produce from Africa, iv) international kernel retailers, and v) private sector foundations;
  • The partnering entities must have existing operations in Africa in cashew processing or in buying/retailing kernels from Africa at the time of their application;
  • Funding ratio: Matching fund ratio of € 1 public funds (40%=maximum from our side) from to € 1.5 private funding (60%) for projects. This holds for PPPs, in regard to GA we mostly have a ratio of 50% - 50%;
  • Maximum grant to be requested from the matching fund €200.000,-;
  • Processors who apply should minimally meet AFS standards, and should report on progress moving beyond;
  • Private companies participating in the Matching Fund need to pay membership to ACA;
  • Project duration of maximum 12 months (1.03.2015 – 29.02.2016);
  • An application shall be made by at least two entities if they are both private sector entities (e.g. a processor partners with a buyer or retailer for a specific project;
  • Business service providers to provide technical assistance are obliged to be used to guarantee good quality of all implemented activities under the Matching Fund Grant. Specifically, all activities involving training such as in Boxes 3, 4 and 6 are to be delivered through Business service providers or consultants;
  • Priority is given for projects in la Côte d’Ivoire.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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