Pro-Poor Hibiscus Value Chain Integration in Sudan
More than 80 major Sudanese and international stakeholders and actors within the hibiscus value chain gathered on October 21st, 2010 at the Sudanese Chambers of Industries Association. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss key findings of a joint Hibiscus Value Chain Assessment in Western Sudan and to develop recommendations for increasing profits for the mainly female hibiscus farmers while boosting hibiscus exports.
The event was jointly organized by the Central Bank of Sudan, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of International Cooperation, the Ahfad University for Women, the Sudanese Chambers of Industries Association, the Sudanese Businessmen and Employers Federation, Practical Action, IFAD and UNDP Sudan.
Earlier, on October 18th, nine female and two male farmers from Kordofan travelled to Khartoum to attend a two-day training session at the Ahfad University for Women, in order to receive a briefing on the initiative and to support them in preparing their participation in the consultative meeting.
In addition to the farmers, the meeting was attended by representatives of international importers, Sudanese wholesalers and exporters, processors, traders, banks, business associations, academia, federal and state-level government, NGOs, consultants, bilateral donors and the UN.
In his opening speech, Dr. Abdelatif Igaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, emphasized the importance of the hibiscus industry for the export sector and announced a new hibiscus support program by the Ministry to be launched in 2011.
The recommendations developed by the meeting participants will be submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant government authorities.