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Agricultural Value Chains Supported by GIRSAL

Financial institutions may apply to GIRSAL for credit guarantee cover for loan facilities to agri-businesses within the supported value chains.
GIRSAL may also facilitate technical support to agri-businesses to prepare them to access loan facilities from financial institutions

Mango, Pineapple, Papaya, Banana, Vegetables
Maize, Rice, Sorghum
Tree Crops
Cocoa, Cashew, Rubber, Oil Palm, Coconut, Shea nut
Roots & Tubers
Cassava, Yam
Soya, Groundnut, Cowpea
Chicken (Broilers & Layers)
Cattle, Sheep, Goat, Pig
In each of these value chains, GIRSAL will support:
  • Input suppliers
  • Producers (farmers)
    • Only brown fields will be supported (No green fields)
    • Maintenance of tree crops for the initial two years
    • Support for Smallholders(organized into groups linked to a nucleus farmer)
  • Aggregators
  • Private haulers (transporters)
  • Warehousing
  • Marketing
  • Processors / Value Addition
How does GIRSAL support these agricultural value chains?
  • GIRSAL works with participating financial institutions and intermediaries to strengthen their institutional capacity to support new lending to agri-businesses in the selected value chains.
  • Participating Financial Institutions who grant loan facilities to agri-businesses in these value chains, can apply to GIRSAL for credit risk guarantee cover
  • GIRSAL facilitates technical support to farmer groups and agri-business in theses value chains, to build their capacity, and prepare them to access loan facilities.

How the value chains were selected

In selecting and prioritizing these value chains for promotion, GIRSAL considered the priority value chains been promoted by Government of Ghana and other donor funded projects in the country. Based on these considerations over 30 agricultural value chains were identified. To help in the selection of priority value chains that fit into the export and import substitution potential requirement of GIRSAL the following criteria were developed.

Criteria for Value Chain Selection
  • Alignment with the country‚Äôs overall strategy for export promotion and import substitution;
  • Potential for income generation and profit, and its contribution to economic growth;
  • Potential domestic and/or international demand for the particular product;
  • Attractiveness of value chain to private and/or public investments;
  • Existing infrastructure, financial and non financial business services, availability and accessibility of raw materials and other inputs;
  • Risks and threats of promoting the selected chain;
  • Access to skilled labour force, requisite technology, infrastructure, services and facilities;
  • Competitive advantage with respect to production and agro processing in comparison to other VCs.
Scoring for value chains for each criterion
  • The selected criteria were used to analyse the value chains using an excel matrix to determine the priority value chains.
  • Since the selected criteria are not of equal importance in the prioritization process, weights were assigned to the various criteria specified according to their levels of importance.
  • Potential domestic and/or international demand for the particular product;
  • Scores were given to each value chain under each criterion by a team of value chain experts.