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SDGP Facility selects promising new projects

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Published on: 21 September 2020 | Changed on: 28 September 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Facility (SDGP) has selected 5 new projects. All projects focus on more sustainable value chains, and climate-resilient food production systems. They also help with better work and income for young adults and women. The projects will take place in Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, and Kenya. At this moment, the projects are in the first phase of development, the Inception Phase. SDGP Facility will choose more projects in the upcoming period.

SDGP contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • 2: zero hunger
  • 8: decent work and economic growth
  • 17: partnerships, and


  • 5: gender equality
  • 12: responsible consumption and production, and
  • 13: climate action.

5 new SDGP projects

Transforming the cocoa sector in Indonesia through value addition for smallholders

This 5-year project aims to improve the income and wellbeing of Indonesian smallholder farmers and their families. The project adds value by:

  • supporting high-quality fermented cocoa beans;
  • improving access to finance and markets; and
  • creating a transparent, sustainable and efficient value chain for fermented cocoa beans.

Project partners:

  • District Government of Jembrana, Bali;
  • Rikolto;
  • Stichting Rainforest Alliance;
  • Valrhona;
  • Yayasan Kalimajari.

Coastal opportunities and agricultural solutions to tackle salinity in Bangladesh

During the next 4 years, COASTS will focus on strategies to help with sustainable incomes in agriculture and food systems. It aims to improve the use of farmland affected by salinity levels and improve its productive use. Having more locally produced salt-tolerant seed varieties helps to increase saline-resistant farming. Farmers will also get agricultural training. This will help to improve agricultural activity and incomes in Southern Bangladesh.

Project partners:

  • Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU);
  • ICCO;
  • Lal Teer;
  • Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI).

Tackling land tenure issues to boost sustainable, climate-smart cocoa agroforestry in Ghana

Cocoa production is a cause of deforestation, forest fragmentation and degradation. The purpose of this 4-year project is to support the transition to sustainable, zero-deforestation cocoa production. This will increase the adaptability of smallholder farmers in Ghana’s main cocoa growing landscapes.

Project partners:

  • Export Trading Group;
  • Meridia;
  • Tropenbos Ghana;
  • Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

Developing a low-carbon coffee value chain in Kenya

This project will develop and invest in:

a) lowering the carbon footprint of farmers and upgrading washing stations and dry-mill. This will result in low-carbon speciality coffee;
b) sustainable intensification practices. This will lead to food security, resilience and higher incomes for smallholder farmers;
c) job creation for women and young adults by setting up local production-facilities of bio-compost;
d) local value addition and job creation for women and young adults by roasting and packaging at the source. 

Project partners:

  • Agriterra;
  • FairChain Foundation;
  • KALRO - Coffee Research Institute;
  • MCCMCU - Meru County Coffee Millers Cooperative Union;
  • Moyee Nederland B.V.

Ivory Coast: Reducing, reusing and recycling to contribute and lead efficient, sustainable waste management

The purpose of the 3-year project is to transform the waste management supply chain in Yamoussoukro. The aim is to improve the sorting, collection and treatment of organic waste. Waste is sourced from 2,400 households, and water hyacinths are sourced from the lake. The water hyacinths are used for the energy-neutral production of 2,160 tons of compost and 1,000 tons of bio-fertiliser by the end of the project. These products are then delivered to various food production systems. Around 6,204 smallholder farmers in the cocoa value chain use the compost and bio-fertiliser.

Project partners:

  • Autonomous District of Yamoussoukro;
  • Export Trading Group;
  • Institute National Polytechnique Felix Houpouët- Boigny;
  • LONO;
  • TechForce Projects B.V.