Between 2000 and 2017, Katalyst has benefitted 4.69 million SMEs and farmers with an income increase in USD 689 million. It is the largest market development project in South Asia.
The Story of Katalyst
Agri-business for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P), branded as Katalyst is a market development project, implemented by Swisscontact in Bangladesh.
Currently, the project is in its Phase 3, which started from March 2014 and continues till March 2018. During 2017-2018, Katalyst is mainly focusing to consolidate and anchor the project's learning and experiences with key public and private institutions in Bangladesh. Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project sustained from 2000 to 2013.
Katalyst’s approach is based on the premise that enhanced private and public sector business services, coupled with an improved enabling environment, lead to more competitive enterprises, sustainable economic growth and ultimately - poverty reduction.
Katalyst created win-win situations: On the one hand, businesses gained millions of new customers by providing small farmers with access to products, inputs, services and knowhow. On the other hand, new income opportunities for poor farmers were created as they were able to sell competitive products at a fair market price.
"Katalyst has proven to be one of the leading market systems development projects in Bangladesh and the world. During the project lifetime Katalyst has benefitted 4.69 million farmer lives resulting into to more than 689 million dollars increase in their income. The project has been instrumental in developing innovative business models and tools of market system development. "
GB Banjara, General Manager
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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