The role of VCS was to foster the public-private partnerships throughout the oilseed value chains in Tanzania. The project required value chain commercialization strategies tailored for broader agricultural development goals as required by the client, a large international donor organization. Rigorous value chain analysis and market-led scenario planning ensured that key feasible investment cases were identified at multiple stages in the supply chain.
Empowering and partnering with in-country resources results in LOCAL skills and knowledge underpinning the ‘As Is’ and ‘To Be” value chain fact bases.
A view of a veg oil press – still in full function and critical in the village oil seed value chain concept.
Informal hedging – pictured is a farmer’s harvest of sunflower seeds which he stored and is now delivering to the village aggregator. Few farmers in central Tanzania are able to afford this as the opportunity cost of storing and marketing the sunflower seeds out of season far outweighs the need for immediate cash flow at harvest time to cover input debt.
After 4 hours of traveling (150km) – the realities of the lack of rural infrastructure and its inhibiting impact on linking farmers to markets was evident.
Unpacking the value chain facts hands on – After understanding the end markets for edible oils in Tanzania and East Africa, focused producer visits and interviews enabled a complete fact base to be established.