The HortInvest project set up an investment and innovation fund (IIF) with five million Euros to mobilize private sector investment; and, promote innovations in production and marketing of horticultural produce through a result-based financing model.
The IIF targets both start-up and non-start-up companies and/or cooperatives for business cases and innovation projects. Business cases are business ideas that are tested, implemented and mature to be scaled up to another level; and innovation projects are new ideas that are tested and proven viable but at a design level.
The IIF seeks to increase farmers’ income by addressing two challenges of post-harvest losses and market. Funded companies and/or cooperatives are involved in the whole horticulture value chain including production, processing, and logistics. They capacitate farmers in their respective area of operations which results in a horticulture produce increase. This increase is subsequently channelled to market leading to less post-harvest and high income. With a 5 million euros co-fund, the HortInvest project expects that it will have raised the horticulture sector to 15.5 million euro at the end of the project. The project funded 11 and 9 companies and / or cooperatives in 2019 and 2020 respectively.