Sesame Business Cluster (SBC) representatives in northwest Ethiopia have been designing their action plans for the year 2014.
The ultimate goal of the planning session is to create a common understanding of the general objectives, challenges, actions to improving sesame value chain performance and to have a shared vision on success factors and joint action.
Cluster representatives have come together in participatory workshops and designed their 2014 action plans after they have revisited their three year plans (2013-2015). They have designed this year’s action plan in line with the five major objectives formulated last year after reviewing each clusters three year plan.
The five major objectives that drive the SBN and its support programme are: productivity and quality improvement; credit cost reduction; harvest, transport and storage loss reduction, post-harvest value creation and market linkages and sales
Representatives from farmers, primary cooperatives, woreda administrators, traders, banks, microfinance institutions, woreda offices of agriculture, trade and transport offices were among the participants.
The SBN support programme has organised participatory planning sessions with SBC stakeholders in all the 19 clusters.