Implemented over 5 years (2011-15) by the Ministry of Trade and Investment, the Growth and Employment in States (GEMS) Project is jointly funded by the World Bank and DFID. Its aim is to increase growth and employment, especially for poor men and women, by improving competitiveness in strategically important Nigerian industry clusters in selected states and nationally, as well as through business environment reform. Wholly funded by DFID, the GEMS1 component is targeting the meat and leather industry.
As in other GEMS component target markets, GEMS1 uses the Making Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P) approach targeting sustainable improvements in market outcomes by altering the incentives that the market as a system provides to participants. It addresses major government and market failures in the system thus bringing about systemic change. Improving the incomes of the poor, especially women and youth, is an explicit goal of M4P programmes.
GEMS1 Objectives & Strategy
The target impact of GEMS 1 is “to increase growth, income and employment, especially for poor men and women, in meat and leather markets in selected states and nationally”. The target outcome is to “improve the performance and inclusiveness of meat and leather sector market systems that are important for poor people” (for more information, download the GEMS 1 Brief: Transforming the Nigerian Red Meat and Leather Industry).
Complimenting the strategies of the Nigerian Beef, Smallstock and Leather Transformation Agendas while ensuring high local ownership by the private sector, and responsive to resolving major industry competitiveness constraints while exploiting major growth and employment opportunities, the core red meat and leather industry strategies of GEMS1 are:
The GEMS1 strategy for the Red Meat Industry is strengthening chain efficiency and quality by supporting markets and linkages for the following interdependent areas:
Strengthening Chain Efficiency by Increasing the Adoption of Livestock Feed Finishing: Working with partners involved in feed finishing livestock and those that supply inputs and services to develop and implement feed finishing techniques that are cost-effective, and to develop appropriate feed finishing business models – for more information, download the GEMS1 Feed Finishing Output Fact Sheet
Improving Red Meat Quality: Working with partners involved in processing improved quality red meat products (edibility, food safety and hygiene) to develop and establish sustainable business models – for more information, download the GEMS1 Meat Processing & Retailing Output Fact Sheet
Other important areas of potential intervention in the red meat industry under consideration include: (1) supporting access to information and training to increase herd productivity; (2) supporting markets and linkages for improved red meat marketing including consumer awareness-raising; and, (3) strengthening support functions to improve sector coordination and information management.
The GEMS1 strategy for the Leather Industry addresses 3 key areas:
Finished Leather Goods (FLGs) for Domestic and Export Markets: Working with partners both in the local leather goods manufacturing sector and those that supply services to the sector to improve marketing, develop access to improved materials and implement improved production techniques, especially to increase competitiveness vs. Chinese imports – for more information, download the GEMS1 Finished Leather Goods Output Fact Sheet
Skin Supply to Tanneries: Working with partners both in the skin trading value chain and those that supply goods and services to create linkages and develop and implement improved techniques for reducing skin damage and improving skin preservation and sorting and increase skin value.
Production of Finished Leather for Export: Working with partners in the tanning sector (those that manufacture crust and finished leather) and those that supply services to the sector to develop improved manufacturing processes and market access for finished leather including manufacturing – for more information, download the GEMS1 Finished Leather Output Fact Sheet
Other important areas of potential intervention in the leather industry under consideration include: (1) supporting markets and linkages for the export of quality finished leather goods; and, (2) strengthening support functions to improve sector coordination and information management.
A common GEMS1 strategy for the red meat and leather industries is support to Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) and Advocacy involving the development/upgrading of regional BMO and national association capacity for: (1) advocacy for business environment reforms to underpin meat and leather industry competitiveness; (2) the provision or facilitation of demand-driven services for BMO members; and, (3) the introduction of improved practices aligned with systemic economic development. For more information, download the GEMS1 BMOs & Advocacy Output Fact Sheet.