CCDA has been implementing the “Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises (PACE) Project” since 2015. The PACE project is adopts a comprehensive approach of combining microenterprise finance and non-financial services through adopting the value chain development methodology. One of the main drivers is development of sustainable services through strengthening local commercial service providers, such as private vaccinators, as appropriate. In addition, PACE program has specialized technical assistance to resolve technological challenges by engaging specialized agencies and individual experts. In some instances, proven technologies disseminated as a part of value chain development and stand lone technologies for microenterprises. Sector specific policy constraints identified, analyzed, documented, disseminated, and lobbied with appropriate authorities for introducing pro-poor policies. CCDA is Implementing agency for the PACE project assistance by PKSF. The ME loan program and value chain development components implementing The PACE project.
The project is instrumental to mainstreaming a value chain approach in CCDA with the aim of scaling-up outreach and impact. Play the role of facilitators and engage private businesses to deliver actual services. The sustainability of value chain development results will depend largely on its effectiveness in facilitating linkages with the target groups and their business partners. Besides, promoting a fee recovery mechanism for technical assistance and business development services will ensure availability of services beyond the project period.