Fert's identification phase: selecting partners, sectors and areas for SFOAP intervention

Together with UMAGRI, the agri-agency FERT is in charge of the coordination of SFOAP in Northern Africa, mainly focusing on Component 3, provision of economic services (Please learn more on implementation arrangements in Northern Africa here). Fert’s intervention particularly aims at developing pilot tools for FOs mainly geared towards inclusion of poorer members in value-chains.

As part of the initial identification phase, between April and November 2013 Fert launched four missions in Algeria (10-27 May), Egypt (15-19 May), Morocco, (17 – 22 June) and Tunisia (17 – 22 June) for a short preliminary assessment aiming to: (i) gain a deeper understanding of the country context; and (ii) identify potential partners and areas of project intervention. For this purpose, meetings were organised with farmers’ organisations, officials in the agricultural sector and various partners. Meetings with IFAD representatives, particularly enabled to share information on the SFOAP context and objectives and to start identifying potential synergies with ongoing or future IFAD projects.

As an outcome from the missions, the following potential partners, sectors and areas of intervention for programme implementation were identified:

-       Algeria: the Association of Beekeepers of Blida, for the beekeeping sector; and the Association Atlas Cap for the caprine breeding sector in the Wilaya of Blida; the Réseau Qualité Blé Dur in the cereals sector and the local dairy cooperative COOPSEL for the milk sector, in the Wilaya of Sétif.

-       Egypt: agricultural cooperatives or local associations in the West Nubaria zone, High Egypt (Beni Souif, Menya), and the Delta zone;

-       Morocco: the Fédération Interprofessionnelle Marocaine de l’Apiculture (FIMAP) for the beekeeping sector in the Taza region; the Association Nationale des Arboriculteurs de Montagne (ANARBOM) in the High Atlas region for the arboriculture sector;

-       Tunisia: Groupements de développement agricole in the ovine and dates sectors, and irrigation water users

The identification phase is expected to be concluded in January 2014. The implementation phase would then initiate. For more information, please read the reports from the missions in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

from 10/05/2013 to 22/06/2013
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Markets and Value chains
Region: North Africa