Call for Proposals: Innovation Platforms, Agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to Scale Agricultural Technologies in Africa
The goal of this call is to competitively provide support to existing/new innovation Platforms, agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to bring technologies to scale on TAAT commodities value chain.
This call is only suitable for agribusinesses and multi-stakeholder groups working on the TAAT commodities value chain (rice, wheat, maize, sorghum/millet, cassava, beans, sweet potatoes, fish and small livestock (including poultry)) with business considerations. This call will prioritize the development and operationalization of business cases on the IP using existing technologies and less on conducting research to develop new technologies. As a result of this call, smaller Innovation platforms or clusters may be requested to consolidate into larger operational platforms.
FARA has some seed funding from the African Development Bank to pilot capacity development support. Furthermore, it proposes to facilitate the development of investment portfolio for consideration at national level through the compilation of the applications to this call. Incremental and phased sub-grant funding and other capacity development support valued up to US $20,000 for a period of two (2) years and are expected to be provided to suitably developed proposals on case by case basis.
The call seeks:
- Applicant IPs, agribusinesses or MSP to Register and/or update their information on the Innovation platform Agribusiness portal ipabp.org . The IP facilitator or the designate, will be required to complete this on the portal as well as fill the template and submit.
- Facilitators and/or directors of innovation platforms, agribusinesses and multi-stakeholder groups in the IP portal are also required to register ipabp.org as well as fill out the template.
- Fill out all required details of the IP, agribusiness or multi-stakeholder group using the template provided
- Submit a convincing business proposal on how the IP/agribusiness will be established/reactivated, maintained and sustained using the template provided and showing clearly the income streams of stakeholders and how the intervention will help increase profits and revolve to other groups including extension and advisory services. It must also show clearly the involvement of YOUTH and WOMEN.
The application document should be submitted together with the filled templates (Facilitator/Director and IP/MSP) to Benjamin Abugri (email@example.com) copying firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com not later than June 30, 2019.
Illustration Photo: Tani Fund is experimenting with digital crop management for its partner-farmers. Each lead farmer is given a smart phone loaded with Tani Fund's app, which allows them to send photos and collect data about their crops. The digital element is in its early stages. (credits: UN SG's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))