Why is transformation needed in this program area?
Enhancing market infrastructure (such as strengthening warehousing management and building the capabilities of key market actors) improves the capacity and quality of aggregation and storage to promote improved post-harvest technologies and to support the increased marketing of commodities. More broadly, infrastructure such as logistics/transportation, roads, and electricity are keys to ensuring the timely, effective functions of agricultural value chains.
For example, creating an effective regulatory system and enabling environment that supports the well-functioning management of aggregation and storage services helps to reduce post-harvest losses, and enhances linkages and coordination across the value chain. Improved storage facility infrastructure and superstructure, as well as related improvements to equipment quality, support aggregators in the market to reduce post-harvest handling and food losses. It also enhances access to financial resources for scaling aggregation and storage operations.
What are the objectives and focus areas of this program area during GTP II?
This program area has two key objectives during GTP II: 1) to develop and support systems to facilitate aggregation and storage development, such as adequate power supply, trunk and feeder roads, telecommunications, incentive mechanisms to encourage private sector investment, and engagement in aggregation and storage development, and 2) to develop regulations and warehouse standards on quality control, storage and capacitating institutions responsible for promoting and coordinating aggregation and storage activities across value chain actors and other stakeholders.