Project Name Grass-roots Entrepreneurship and Capacity Building of Cooperatives and CTCF (Third Phase )
Supporting Organization
Agriterra Netherlands
Year
2014
Title of Project : Grass-roots Entrepreneurship and Capacity Building of Cooperatives and CTCF (Third Phase )

Name of organisation: Central Tea Cooperative Federation Ltd., Nepal

Location of project activities (intervention level: country / province / district name):

Location: Ilam, Panchthar, Tehrathum, Dhankuta, Lalitpur districts of Mechi, Koshi, and Bagamati zone

Country: Nepal

Intervention: Goal & objectives

Goal: Overall goal is to contribute in sustained rural poverty reduction of smallholder tea farmers of Eastern districts of Nepal by increasing their income, and equally empower small farmer based organisations to provide better technical and management services.

Specific objectives: Key objectives of the Phase 3 Program:

1.    Entrepreneurial and organizational strengthening of primary cooperatives and its members
2.    Small Tea Processing Units (STPUs) in access to markets and enterprise development
3.    Lobby and advocacy focusing on a conducive environment and access to services for small tea farmers
4.    Improved financial management and Monitoring and Evaluation by CTCF

Project period: January 2014 until December 2014

Direct beneficiaries (m/f farmers and no. of farmer groups): 75 tea cooperatives 4,699 (M. 3,698, F. 1,001)

Budget:     
   
Total                    : Nrs. 7,286,700.00
Requested Contribution, Agriterra    : Nrs. 6,645,130.00 (back donor Finland)
Own contribution
a.    CTCF                : Nrs. 434,570.00
b.    Primary Cooperatives and DTCF : Nrs. 207,000.00

1.    Program Goal and Objectives

The overall goal is to contribute in sustained rural poverty reduction of smallholder tea farmers by increasing their income, and equally empower small farmer based organisations to provide better technical and management services. 

In this phase, Agriterra’s support will be focused on capacity building, business promotion, lobby & advocacy, and regular supervision and monitoring of district federations, cooperatives, and tea farmers. Specific objectives are as follows.

1.    Capacity building of tea cooperatives and farmers in their institutional building, resource mobilization, business planning etc.
2.    Enhance entrepreneurship and business skills of STPUs operated by cooperatives and other individuals.
3.    Lobby and advocacy works on various tea related issues faced by the tea farmers.
4.    Regular monitoring and supervision support to all tea stakeholders.

Program will be implemented by mobilizing District Tea Cooperative Federation (DTCF) and cooperatives. There will be additional experts both technical and marketing, and close backstopping coaching by Program Manager and Cooperative Facilitators.

2.    Activities, Results and Outreach
The program activities will focus on four major focus areas:

5.    Entrepreneurial and organizational strengthening of primary cooperatives and its members
6.    Small Tea Processing Units (STPUs) in access to markets and enterprise development
7.    Lobby and advocacy focusing on a conducive environment and access to services for small tea farmers
8.    Improved financial management and Monitoring and Evaluation by CTCF

In four major outputs, the following activities will be implemented and the details of each activity are briefly summarized below.
a.    OUTPUT A: ENTREPRENEURIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRENGTHENING OF PRIMARY COOPERATIVES AND ITS MEMBERS


1.    Piloting of ‘Mycoop.’ training modules: a. MTOT to 4 people, b. Training to 15 cooperative leaders, managers and other 5 facilitators., c. Final delivery of training to the farmers
2.    Cooperative awareness training to 10 basic cooperatives
3.    Workshop on business plan (evaluation and implementation) of 8 cooperatives
4.    Business plan training for 10 new cooperatives including Lalitpur and Bojpur districts.
5.    Review of strategic plan of 4 districts DTCF, and prepare a new strategic plan of Lalitur DTCF.
6.    Support cooperatives in preparing proposals and final submissions.
7.    Cooperatives account keeping training for new and 20 young cooperatives.
8.    Cooperative management training to 20 cooperative
9.    Exposure visits to tea cooperatives
10.    Newsletter publication 2 times


b.    OUTPUT B:  SMALL TEA PROCESSING UNITS (STPUS) IN ACCESS TO MARKETS AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT


1.    Quality improvement – tea tasting
2.    Entrepreneurship skill training to cooperatives
3.    Market promotion and business linkages with national and international cooperatives
4.    Tea tasting interaction program for tea makers
5.    Quality improvements and skill development support to STPUs


c.    OUTPUT C: LOBBY AND ADVOCACY FOCUSING ON A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT AND ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR SMALL TEA FARMERS


1.    Favourable tea policy amendment and implementation
2.    Soft loan
3.    Subsidy and grants on organic certifications, organic inputs
4.    Auction market centre
5.    Market promotion of made tea produced by STPUs
6.    Interaction with national level stakeholders (line ministries, Nepal Rastra Bank, NTCDB, Cooperative Board, Cooperative Department, NCF, Nepal Youth Foundation, Youth and Small Entrepreneurs Self-employment Fund, etc.,
7.    17th National tea day

d.    OUTPUT D: IMPROVED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING AND EVALUATION BY CTCF

1.    Coaching and monitoring of implemented activities through focal group and peer monitoring by members
2.    Establish and implement a tea MIS system (process monitoring) with key indicators engaging existing CTCF networks (cooperatives and groups) and regular reporting mechanism
3.    Maintain database of cooperatives, farmers on key indicators
4.    Supervision and Monitoring visits
5.    Coaching to operate and recordkeeping of newly installed PEARL software
6.    Prepare a full-fledged annual report, including financial report and share with members and outsiders


3.    Advisory services by Agriterra

Additional support services will be requested to the Agriterra for the following services that will be delivered to the tea beneficiaries. This will transfer knowledge and skills from the experts from Agripool.

a.    Marketing mission support to establish a separate marketing entity within CTCF for marketing of made tea produced by cooperatives and other individuals.
b.    Exposure visit to board members of CTCF for observation of tea cooperatives and processing module of Kenya or Sri Lanka. CTCF doesn't have an idea of tea cooperatives of other countries. So, CTCF would like to request for exposure visits to either Kenya or Sri Lanka.   
c.    Long-term (5 years) strategy plan of CTCF: CTCF requests Agriterra to support on preparing a long-term strategic plan of CTCF. In the past, CTCF has prepared 3 years short-term strategic plan (2013 -2015) in 2012. This new strategic plan from 2014 onwards will be a follow-up plan including the reviewing of the previous plan. CTCF would request Agriterra for involvement of international and national consultant. The previous plan does not address current issues and scope of the operations due to large capacities and export.
d.    Guidance marketing support to tea cooperatives for green leaf and made tea by the marketing export. CTCF does not have a sound human resources in the field of marketing, so CTCF would like to request Agriterra for provide the marketing expert with experience in national and international marketing knowledge on cooperative to guide/support for the green leaf and made tea marketing.
e.    ToT on ‘my.coop’: CTCF would like to be participants in the TOT on ‘my.coop’ training in Kathmandu which is going to organize by Agriterra and NACCFL on March 3 -7, 2014.
f.    ToT on FACT: Mr. Rabin Rai took a first phase of the FACT TOT in Philippines. CTCF would request to participate the second phase of ToT on FACT.