According to bank documentgs, the project objective is to ensure in the short-term the supply of (i) agricultural inputs for farmers to secure the next cropping season and for continued dairy production and (ii) wheat for uninterrupted access to bread for poor and vulnerable households; and to strengthen Tunisia’s resilience to food crises by laying the ground for reforms of the grain value chain.
The project will support activities aimed at protecting producers and consumers from global market disruptions in the short term, while enhancing the resilience of the grain value chain to price, supply and climate shocks in the medium term. In the short term, GoT’s objective is to support domestic production through the availability and accessibility of agricultural inputs for small producers affected by price hikes and market disruptions(affordable feed (barley) for smallholder dairy producers and improved wheat seeds for small farmers), and to secure the availability and accessibility of bread for poor and vulnerable households. At the same time, the GoT wants to use this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen the resilience of its grain value chain to market and climate shocks by providing the right incentives to grain producers to stimulate domestic production, while reducing the burden on public finances and better targeting food subsidies (including reducing waste and improving nutrition). The project will consist of three components providing a balance between short-term urgent responses, through support to producers by making key inputs – barley and improved seeds - available (Component 1), the temporary purchase of soft wheat to maintain access to affordable bread (Component 2), and medium-term measures (Component 3) to improve the whole grain value chain organization and adjust the associated public support program. Bank financing is part of a coordinated response with other donors (to secure grain purchase and support producers) and the project will develop synergies with other donor interventions (reform preparation, storage facility improvement, etc.).
Senior Agriculture Economist
Ministry of Economy
Office des Céréales
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