Tier 1 project
The EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) has been fully staffed with the NIU Coordinator being appointed in December 2011 and technical staff in March 2012. A capacity-building plan was formulated and training activities on key trade aspects have been implemented for stakeholders in Guinea, with a special focus on women.
The NIU staff has been trained in project management and evaluation, and they have also participated in the EIF regional workshop on results reporting and communication in Togo in March 2014.
Trade has been mainstreamed in the PRSP III finalized in February 2013, for the period 2013-2015. Regular consultations are being held between the NIU with development partners with the support of the EIF Donor Facilitator, the World Bank.
Outreach and communication activities on the EIF programme and AfT have been organized in the provinces of Guinea to identify project ideas and proposals. This resulted in the development of four project proposals on mango, pineapple, the modernization of the National Laboratory on Quality Control, and hides and skins to enhance the diversification and exports of quality agricultural products in the regional and international markets meeting international standards.
Tier 2 project
Guinea’s Tier 2 project on mango value chain development was approved by the EIF Board in November 2013 and launched in May 2014 by the Prime Minister of Guinea. The project aims to improve the competitiveness of the mango sector, in particular the smaller producers, by reinforcing and strengthening the capacity of all actors involved in the mango value chain. This will be done through interventions in five districts in two of Guinea's regions: Kindia and Télimélé in "Basse Guinée" (in the Western regions of Guinea), and Kankan, Mandiana and Siguiri in "Haute Guinée" (in the Eastern regions of Guinea).
The project foresees capacity building along the entire mango value chain in the two regions. Over 85% of approximately 380,500 people living in the regions are reliant on mango production as their source of income. Of this percentage, a further 80% or 258,000 are women producers and harvesters who combine mango production with gardening and handicraft.