GEMS4 encouraged better urban waste management by introducing new business models for recycled waste aggregation and community waste collection. Working across various states, GEMS4 has raised awareness of the opportunities available in the sector, both to job seekers and firms; and facilitated linkages between aggregators and off-takers. As a result, more than 1,000 sustainable jobs have been created in less than a year. Further expansion is expected in other states with new financing mechanisms now available, and the larger concession-based model is being explored.
Coordination support for rice farmers
GEMS4 has worked with private sector agricultural support service providers, Green Sahel Agro Services and Babban Gona, to introduce agribusiness support services for rice farmers in Kano and Jigawa states. The support service model has improved farmers’ coordination and their access to inputs, postharvest services and premium markets. By September 2017, 21,251 rice farmers increased their incomes through sales of rice paddy to commercial mills and thousands more had registered with the agro-support service providers.
Better handling practices for better incomes
GEMS4 worked with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Dealers Association of Nigeria (FFVDAN) and the Agriculture Development Projects (ADP) of Kano, Kaduna and Lagos states to train master trainers on Good Handling Practices (GHP) for perishable produce. As a result of this activity, more than 50,000 people have subsequently increased their incomes.
Buyers groups for improved negotiating power
GEMS4 improved the supply chains and market conditions for micro-retailers by introducing wholesale buyers groups and buyers clubs, which brought micro-retailers together and improved their negotiation power for wholesale products. This allowed the micro-retailers to secure supplies at cheaper prices and achieve a greater profit. Cumulatively, 106,069 retailers benefited from increased incomes.
DFID awarded GEMS4 an A+ in the overall Project Completion Report recognising the transformative work Coffey carried out on the programme.
GEMS4 has been nominated for a 2018 British Expertise International Award, as Outstanding International Development Project (non-infrastructure). The awards recognise outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector.