Stage in Circularity Journey
Which of the following options best describes the level of integration of circularity in your business?
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The company has not yet thought about circularity in the business
The company understands the gaps and opportunities for circularity in the business, but has not taken any action
The company has identified gaps and opportunities for circularity in the business and has made some investment towards these already
The business model is intentionally circular with significant effort towards value chain integration
Do you already apply circular economy practices within your company? (Please note that for this application you do not need to apply circular economy practices already)
Which circular economy practices do you already apply within your company?
Please describe your business's journey in circularity. What prompted your pursuit of circularity in the past and what interests you in this business model now?
Please describe the key opportunity for increasing circularity in your business that you believe this Technical Assistance Facility can help you in capturing.
Circular Business Category
The Technical Assistance support is targeting the circular economy across food systems in Rwanda. Which of these three sectors for circularity in food does your primary business expansion lie in? Choose one option and explain how it applies. (3-5 sentences)
Circular Business Category Option
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Replace non-organic with organic farming inputs and promote regenerative agricultural practices
Reduce food loss and waste through improved post-harvest handling, processing, and logistics and promote sustainable alternatives for food packaging materials
Reuse nutrients and resources within the food system and utilise farming models that do not require the ownership of materials or equipment
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Which of the following circular strategies is your business considering using in the future?
Agroforestry & agroecology
Digital platforms, services, and extension providers, e.g., cell phone apps and equipment-sharing models
On-farm handling and storage
Organic compost, co-compost, and organic fertilizer operations
Post-harvest loss reduction
Cellulose products (i.e. paper and packaging)
Biochar and charcoals
Logistics and cold storage
Energy-efficiency in cold chains and refrigeration
Waste and by-product valorization
Water management, conservation, efficiency and recycling
Carbon sequestration opportunities
Intensive systems, e.g., aquaponics, hydroponics, grow tunnels
In-field practices, e.g., mulching, low or zero tillage, pasture management, silviculture, co-cropping, companion planting, etc.
Applying biological controls to replace chemical
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Business Fit in Value Chain
Describe how your business fits into the larger value chain and how the business currently engages in value chain symbiosis with other stakeholders.
Leveraging Technical Assistance and Growth
How would you leverage technical assistance if you were selected for the SME Fund? Describe your company's expansion and growth strategy in Rwanda. What are the key elements and timeframe for your growth strategy?
Priority Support Areas
Please rank in order of priority the type of support that you will need to further develop your approach.These areas need to be focussed on the inclusion of circular principles in your business; the SME Fund does not support general business advice. (1-Low priority, 5-High priority)
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