Government must improve public spending on agriculture, implement policies and regulations, build and strengthen the current institutions if the country is to realise its agricultural output potential, a new World Bank report has recommended.
The report titled “Closing the potential performance divide in Ugandan agriculture” says weak public institutions for promoting agricultural productivity at the level of small farms, inefficiencies in public expenditures and implementation of regulation and policies remain some of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural sector.
Launching the report in Kampala yesterday, the World Bank country manager, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo, said government must get its priorities right if the sector is to achieve the desired targets.
Ms Calvo said the issues of fake inputs, low investments in the agricultural sector and other challenges must be addressed. She called for a deliberate move for commercialisati... Read more
Presentation of the donor
The U.S. Government, in partnership with other governments, civil society, multilateral development institutions, research institutions, universities, and the private sector, will build on experience to date through Feed the Future to address these challenges, take advantage of opportunities, and advance food security and improved nutrition by focusing efforts around three interrelated and interdependent objectives:
Inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, as growth in the agriculture sector has been shown in some areas to be more effective than growth in other sectors at helping men and women lift themselves out of extreme poverty and hunger. It does this by increasing availability of food, generating income from production, creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities throughout value chains, and spurring growth in rural and urban economies.
Strengthened resilience among... Read more
Event: Training Course on Agriculture Best Extension Practices
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 7th - 11th May 2018.
Agricultural extension refers to the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education. The field of 'extension' now encompasses a wide range of communication and learning activities organized for rural people by educators from different disciplines, including agriculture, agricultural marketing, health, and business studies among others. Extension practitioners are found throughout the world, usually working for government agencies and non-governmental organizations. They are represented by several professional organizations, networks and extension journals.
Agricultural extension services provide critical knowledge in the form of techniques and skills to farmers, with the aim to improve the productivity and sustainability of their operati... Read more
Deadline: March 01st, 2018
TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION is now accepting applications for the 4th cycle of $100M entrepreneurship development programme.
Established in 2010, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is the leading philanthropy in Africa championing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs across the continent. The Foundation’s long-term investment in empowering African entrepreneurs is emblematic of Tony Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions Africa’s private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent. The Foundation’s flagship initiative, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs, capable of changing the face of business across Africa.
Africa’s largest philanthropy supporting entrepreneur... Read more
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce an opportunity for local non-profits and non-government organizations engaged in youth programs to administer the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Alumni Engagement Project.
The award amount is a maximum of $25,000 with an implementation period of up to one year.
Read more: et.usembassy.gov
U.S. Embassy Rwanda- Ambassador’s Small Grants Program
Office: Political/Economic Section
Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI AMBASSADOR’S SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM (ASG)
Announcement Type: Fixed Amount Award
Funding Opportunity No.: DOS-RWANDA-PE-2017-01
Date Opened: June 2, 2017
Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2017
Award Ceiling: U.S. $15,000.00
Award Floor: U.S. $5,000.00
CFDA Number: 19.700 – General Department of State AssistanceSubmission: All applications can be submitted electronically via email to: email@example.com.
Awards are subject to the availability of funding and Congressional Notification
Eligibility is limited to cooperatives registered with the Rwandan Cooperative Agency (RCA). Direct funding for NGOs (international or local) is not available under this announcement.
All projects must begin no later than September 30, 2017 and should be completed within one year of the award date.
The U.S. Embassy Kigali reserves the right to award less... Read more
Fifteen African startups will get the chance to raise a collective €20-million in Series-A funding from European funders when startup tour PitchDrive gets off the mark in the coming weeks.
Ideally the PitchDrive team say it is looking for companies that are tech-enabled with proprietary or patented tech that has been validated by reputable corporate customers. Their products should also be in mobile fintech or agritech.
PitchDrive will provide all travel, accommodation, transport and visa support. The team will also provide selected startups with mentorship and support from tech founders with experience in raising funds, such as Iroko’s CEO and founder Jason Njoku.
Deadline: 6th June 2017
This Call for proposals is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on Green Technologies to Facilitate Development of Value Chains for Perishable Crops and Animal
Potential recipients or consortiums of recipients are being invited to develop a project proposal based on the background and guidance detailed in the Call for proposal document.
For more, read HERE
AgriProFocus is pleased to inform you that SNV Zambia and the IAP2 Project Team formally launched the IAP2 Challenge Fund in Zambia on the 28th of March 2017.
Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) is a specialized fund with the specific mandate to identify and support innovative inclusive business models that deliver developmental benefits for the low income population while being commercially sustainable. IAP is funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organization in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.
Target sectors include WASH, Energy, Agriculture/Food and ICT. IAP will provide funding within the following range euro50, 000 up to euro 200,000. The funding will be grants and not loans, with pre conditions that have to be met.
The project is now calling for the private sector to submit applications for review and consideration. The process shall be a twostep process by which... Read more
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.
Want to attend? Email Mr. Alina... Read more
Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to develop products, services and business models that can contribute to the fight against poverty and climate change.
Through our advisory and non-reimbursable funding, we support innovative Inclusive Business models that deliver developmental benefits for the low income population in both rural and urban areas, while being commercially viable.
The program is designed for companies which are operational or plan to enter the market (with a local partner in case of foreign companies) in the following sectors: ICT (Cambodia), Energy (Ethiopia), WASH (Uganda) and Agriculture and Food (Zambia)
IAP provides advisory support and non-reimbursable funding for up to 49% of the total investment to selected projects through competitive open calls for proposals.
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We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming 2017 AgTech Innovation challenge brought to you by African Women In Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD).
To participate in the GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge, Please complete the application form via the link below in its entirety by 9th March 2017. Winners will be announced on 13th March, and will benefit from participation in an intensive, 2-day boot camp, which will culminate in a showcase to potential investors, partners, and other key players in the agriculture sector in Accra Ghana.
Canada’s IDRC calls for proposals to support novel ideas or pre-existing innovations to respond to the challenges of existing livestock vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The research should focus on vaccine improvement for one or more of the eligible livestock diseases identified in the announcement. Eligibility to participate in the call for proposals extends to applicants from research-focused organizations in the private sector, academia, and research institutes anywhere in the world. The program will fund up to six research projects at a maximum of CA$1 million each. The deadline for proposals is 21 March 2017.
SFIAR annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association with a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development. For 2017, the best team project will be awarded CHF
Submission Deadline: March 14, 2017, 6:00PM
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international organisation founded in the Netherlands SNV Ethiopia works in 310 woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Aligning with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia in agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene, we implement innovative solutions to increase people's income and employment opportunities.
Currently, SNV Ethiopia implements a 3 year horticulture project called Horti-LIFE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). The overall goal of the project is to increase export and the food and nutritional security level... Read more
From: Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG)
Issuance Date: December 16,2016
Closing Date: September 30,2017
1.Overview of Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project
The Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth (PSDAG) project is a 5-Year project funded by USAID Rwanda that started in August, 2014. The project is implemented by IRG, an Engility Company. The goal of PSDAG is to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes by promoting private sector investments that contribute to the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR’s) Vision 2020 aim of “transforming agriculture into a market-oriented, competitive, and high-value sector.” PSDAG has two main objectives: 1) Assist the GOR to Increase Private Sector Investment; and 2) Facilitate Increased Private Sector Investment in Upgrading Agricultural Value Chains. The project’s Private Sector Engagement Strategy is based on a facilitative... Read more
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deuscher Akademischer Austauschdienst -DAAD) offers scholarships in many disciplines related to sustainable development including agricultural and environmental sciences, land management and landscape ecology. Topic to study include: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Land management; Land degradation and restoration; Poverty reduction/Development. This programme targets students willing to pursue their master's or PhD degrees in Germany in the fields related to development studies and listed in the "List of all Postgraduate courses with application deadlines".
Application date:Depending on chosen study programme; Exception is Cameroon: July 31, 2016
Do you have an idea on how to reduce food spoilage and wastage for smallholder farmers through access to information, markets, financial and technological resources?
Between now and May 3rd at 12 pm EST, we want your ideas for how to reduce waste and spoilage by improving access to information, financial and technological resources for small scale farmers.
Take a look at some of the ideas, and then add your own - in this phase, we’re looking for the basic shape of your solution - we’ll dig deeper as the challenge progresses.
Visit OPENIDEO website for details on the criteria and the eligible countries. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are among the countries that are eligible.
This newsletter includes interesting highlights: the launch of the third call of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund; and several knowledge products and event reports. Those include the complete report of the successful Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop held in Uganda (in collaboration with AgriProFocus), an essay on micronutrient management, an exploration on youth in agriculture, a report of the “Food for All Partnership” learning journey on food safety, and the report about the Extensive Livestock Expo (which AgriProfocus Kenya co-organised).
Please draw your attention to the proposal deadline for the Young Expert Programmes (YEP). Until June 1, Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organizations can submit a proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert in Agrofood. Please v... Read more
The Call published here is particularly interesting for AgriProFocus members interested in collaboration between practitioners and research institutions!
NWO-WOTRO has launched the third call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF). ARF provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. The call has been developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. Please note that some changes have been made in this call for proposals as compared to the previous two calls. Most notably with regard to the foci of the call, the additional option to have a different focus on two countries (Bangladesh and Kenya) and the reimbursable costs.
Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least one pri... Read more