Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 days 13 hours ago

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuni

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Call for Application: Geodata for Agriculture and Water

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)


The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.

Application period

Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017.

Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017. If the application is submitted less than two weeks before the deadline of 14 September 2017, the applicant runs the risk that, if it is incomplete, the Minister will not use his or her discretionary powers

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Launch of ‘Innovations Against Poverty’ challenge fund

Take the Challenge, Make the Change!

Kampala, Uganda. Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) launches its first call for proposals on 30th March 2017.

IAP is a specialised fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low income people, while advancing the inclusion and economic empowerment of women and youth. IAP is funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.

Private companies have proven to be effective catalysts of change when it comes to creating opportunities for low income people to lift themselves out of poverty, through new job opportunities, increased income and access to basic goods and services. At the same time, low income markets represent a large busines

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Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund Launch

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  28 March 2017, 09:00-14:00

Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund Launch in Zambia

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden, has been selected by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) to manage the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund.

IAP is a specialised fund aimed to identify and support innovative inclusive business models that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefit for the low income population, prioritising women and youth. The support provided by IAP includes a mix of advisory and non-reimbursable funding for up to EUR 200,000.

The IAP Fund launch is being held on 28th March 2017. The main objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Introduce the concept of innovative inclusive business and IAP

2. Introduce the application guidelines for the concept note.

3. Clarify any doubts or questions regarding the fund or application process.

Click here to read more about the IAP fund 

Want to atten

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 months 3 days ago

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research — Grants for Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, and Field Days

Deadline: 01 October 2017

ACIAR offers sponsorship assistance to individuals wishing to attend a conference, seminar, workshop or field day that directly benefits agricultural research for development. ACIAR also supports organisations seeking sponsorships for this same objective. The priority is for events and sponsorships in ACIAR partner countries and related to ACIAR projects. However, direct involvement in an ACIAR project is not a prerequisite to apply for funding. The application deadlines are the first Wednesday of April and the last Wednesday of October in each calendar year. Link

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thank you Didier for sharing this opportunity :)

2 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF)


Promoting transparency and innovation to scale-up and deepen microfinance outreach in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Government of Spain, established the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF) with the primary objective of scaling-up capacity building efforts to the financial sector for the benefit of poor and low-income people in Africa, with a special emphasis on women and rural areas. The Fund was launched with Euros 5 million in funding from the Government of Spain. The AfDB expects to mobilize additional funding as the Fund transforms from a Bi-lateral Fund to a Multi-Donor Fund.

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Gizaw Legesse Thank you, Dereje, for the info! I hope institutions in Ethiopia will benefit through this. Interested members should follow the link which Dereje provided above to know more about the application.

5 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 10 months 4 weeks ago

Call for Grant Applications

The Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) is based at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida and it works in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The LSIL is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a five-year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award No. AID-OAA-L-15-00003.

The aim of LSIL is to improve the nutrition, health and incomes of the poor by sustainably increasing livestock productivity and marketing and consumption of animal-source foods. This aim will be achieved using by introducing new location-appropriate technologies, by improving management practices, skills, knowledge, capacity and access to and quality of inputs across livestock value chains, and by supporting the development of a policy environment that fosters sustainable intensification and increased p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 11 months ago

Happening Now:  Kick Off Meeting

Introducing 3rd Round FSRE (Innovation) Fund Winners

On May 25, AgriProFocus Ethiopia  starts the linking and learning activity for the 3rd round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant Winners.

Nine projects who won this 3rd Call Innovation Fund are here with us, and Gerrit Holtland, our Country Coordinator is giving presentation about previous projects, what the objectives of the Innovation Fund are, and on practical challenges of implementation.

Part of the event was to exhibit summaries of all previous and current projects using colorful posters.

Under the previous three Calls of the Innovation Grant, 29 projects are being supported by the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund).

FSRE Fund is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia, and ICCO Cooperation manages the Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, while the main role of AgriProFocus Ethiopia is to provide linking and learning events for winner projec

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 years 2 months ago

Buffett Foundation Commits Rwf345 Billion Toward Agricultural Development  

American Philanthropist Howard Buffett, through the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, has embarked on an ambitious plan to invest up to $500 million (about Rwf345 billion) to support Rwanda’s agricultural development.  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 years 2 months ago

Interview of the Month (MUST READ)

With Desta Damena, the new FSRE Fund Manager

"1,400 jobs are created and the income of 11,189 individuals is improved. Moreover, the food security status of 15,000 farming households is improved."

If you have a few words with him, you will realize that he is the most humble person you have ever known. In any circumstance, he is very much ready to cooperate. Of course, his recently acquired responsibility, requires exactly that. Desta Damena has taken the responsibility of managing the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund in November. In order to introduce him to our members as well as to hear updates on activities of the FSRE Fund, we have managed to make him our guest in this Interview of the Month. Enjoy Reading!

Can you please tell us about yourself?

I can say I am inborn agriculturalist:) with a very good understanding of the rural context. I was born and grown up in rural area. Though I am not an agriculturalist by profession, I am very passi

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Marion Alyek Good Job Gizaw! Desta was a very active member in the Uganda Food Security group! He is knowledgeable and will be a great asset to you!

2 years 2 months ago

Gizaw Legesse @Atnafu, Thank you very much for your comment; please keep on participating here as Desta said to all members. @Marion, yes he is an asset, I am glad to have him nearby!

2 years 2 months ago

Atnafu Woldegebriel thank you Dear Gizaw for you kind advice.

2 years 2 months ago

Shiferaw Tafesse This is great. Keep up the good work!

2 years 2 months ago

Sara Peeters Hi Desta, so nice to see you again. I enjoyed working with you in Lira with the Food Security Cluster. Hope to meet you soon in Addis, when I visit our partner Send a Cow and AKAM! Heifer Netherlands

2 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 years 4 months ago

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (WOTRO) manages the Food & Business Applied Research Fund to provide grants to demand-driven applied research that contributes to innovation for food security in developing countries.

The program is active in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen. The Fund invites applications by consortia consisting of at least one practitioner organization (i.e. companies, NGOs, governmental organizations) from a partner country, and one research or higher education organization.

At least one Dutch partner is required in the consortium. Grants range from €50 thousand (for six months) to a maximum of €300 thousand (for 36 months). 

For more, click here: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research - Food and Business Applied Research, 2nd Call for Proposals

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 years 5 months ago

FSRE-Fund 3rd Call Public Seminar Schedules and Locations


Dear All,

As you all already know the FSRE Fund is launching the third Innovation Fund Call for Proposals, and the Deadline for Concept Notes is November 28, 2014.

What is interesting about this Call:

- The focus is on horticulture, potatoes (irish/sweet), poultry and fish farming.

- The fund managers at ICCO are organizing a series of public seminars on the call in Addis Ababa, Bahar Dar, Hawassa, Mekelle, Harar.


For those who are interested to attend the Seminars here is the schedule and location: 

o In Addis Ababa on Saturday November 15, 2014, at 9:00 AM at Global Hotel.

o In Bahirdar on Monday November 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Homeland Hotel Bahirdar.

o In Hawassa on Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Gezahegn & Elfinesh Hotel Hawassa.

o In Mekelle on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Planet Hotel Mekelle.

o In Harar on Monday November 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Heritage Plaza Hotel Harar.

NOTE: In order to

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shewit gebremedhin Thanks Gizaw for your information. I am Shewit Gebremedhin from Bahir Dar University and I am interested to participate in the seminar which will be held on at Bahir Dar, Homeland Hotel. regards

2 years 5 months ago

Feyisa Assefa Thank you, I will participate on the seminar which will be held at Global hotel on 15/11/2014 Addis Ababa, Best Regards

2 years 5 months ago