Fair-trade and Organic Certified Bananas from Senegal

Project summary

Project: Setting up a New Chain of Fair-trade and Organic Certified Bananas from Senegal

The Association des Producteurs de la Valée du Fleuve Gambie (APROVAG); Agrofair Europe B.V.

Impact beneficiaries:

13 grassroot organizations in different villages, with a membership of around 1,200 farmers (of which 300 are women)

Product: Bananas
Organisational model production: Nucleus farm and small producers (family plots), grouped in 13 grassroot organisations in several villages; banana familiy plots grouped in compact areas
Intervention area:

Tambacounda, Senegal

Project Period:

Rabobank / TASTE: March 2012
BTC / VECO: April 2012
PSI / Agrofair Europe B.V.: July 2012
PDMAS / World Bank: January 2012
All projects ongoing

Total budget: € 1,652,650
Type of funding: Mosaic of grants / subsidies / investments
Origin of funding:

Rabobank: € 97,500
BTC: € 145,468
PSI: € 656,750
Agrofair Europe B.V.: € 656,750
PDMAS (World Bank): € 96,182

Name of partner(s): TASTE / Rabobank; VECO / Begium Technical Cooperation (BTC); Agrofair Europe BV / PSI; PDMAS / World Bank
Role Taste:

Lead organization for chain development; co-responsible for producer’s strengthening.

Project description

Each member of APROVAG (Association des Producteurs de la Valée du fleuve Gambie) cultivates around 0.25 ha banana (total area +/- 220 ha). Different projects will contribute to the goal of “upgrading” APROVAG to be able to export organic and fairtrade certified bananas:

  • Agrofair Europe B.V. / APROVAG / PSI: Investment for establishment of a nucleus farm of 50 ha and packing station (joint venture Agrofair Europe B.V. / APROVAG) with three functions: (1) as bottom in the supply chain (1-2 containers / week) (2) as “export banana school” for APROVAG; (3) as export platform for producers of APROVAG.
  • Vredeseilanden (VECO) / BTC: Technical assistance in methods for organic banana production.
  • TASTE / Rabobank: Technical assistance post-harvest process, quality and certifications
  • PDMAS / World Bank: Construction and equipment of 2 small packing stations in 2 producer groups (Bady, Saal), equipment of 1 packing station (Nguène).


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