The Global Shea Alliance (GSA), in partnership with the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), has launched a US$3.6million regional programme – Supporting the Inclusive Commercial Development of the Shea Value Chain (PRADCIFK).
The initiative will facilitate exports of shea kernels and value-added shea products from Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Togo. It will stimulate pro-poor growth by expanding demand for value-added shea products, supporting small businesses to access international markets, and improving trade-related incomes for women collectors and processors.
The project aims for the following results:
- increase shea trade by 28,880mt per year
- provide productive infrastructure and build the capacity of 30,660 women shea collectors and processors in the four countries
- support the export-readiness of 2,180 SMEs
- improve trade engagement between Africa and Asia through the online market platforms, conferences, trade shows as well as policy initiatives.
This regional project will be implemented in close coordination with the EIF units of the four targetted countries.
Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework said: “Investing in and supporting growth of the shea industry is key to promoting economic diversification, value addition and growth through regional trade in the selected least developed countries of West Africa”.
Badie Marico, the President of GSA, expressed optimism that the initiative will help to improve the incomes of shea collectors and processors, as well as support the industry’s growth in regional and international markets.