In an effort to develop rural economies and improve local livelihoods, UNDP Country Office in Sudan would like to hear from companies of the hibiscus industry interested in improving the hibiscus tea value chain and engaging in CSR-activities for improving the livelihoods of poor Sudanese women farmers and girls working in the hibiscus sector. The company showing the highest commitment to this cause will be selected as lead company for the upcoming project.
This initiative is part of a larger program for recovery in conflict-affected regions in Sudan and will target North an South Kordofan as well as South Darfur states.
• Supporting women and girls hibiscus farmers in forming their own local business associations
• Training in production methods and improved varieties, international standards, processing, packaging and storage of hibiscus
• Training in business and financial skills, quality standards and control, documentation and traceability
• Facilitating access to microfinance, insurance and other services
• Developing the Capacity of women and girls hibiscus farmers associations in collective bargaining
• Brokering market linkages and investigating potential for fair trade
• Raising awareness on environmental, health, and other relevant issues for female farmers
• Advocating for a better enabling business environment for hibiscus production, marketing and export
• to be expanded by your additional ideas!
The ultimate goal is to significantly improve the livelihoods of at least 5,000 vulnerable women and girls who receive income from hibiscus farming and processing.
Interested companies are required to contact UNDP Sudan before 20 August 2010.