Netherlands Enterprise Agency Call for Applications: Partnership for private sector development and improving food security in developing countries
With the SDG Partnership facility (SDGP), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) as the executor, aims to help achieve the following sustainable development goals in developing countries:
- SDG 2 (ending hunger)
- SDG 8 (decent jobs and economic growth)
- SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals)
These are key goals which cannot be solved by one party. That is why the SDGP works with partnerships between government, businesses, NGOs and/or knowledge centres. Combining the expertise of these parties is essential for finding innovative solutions to complex challenges. Partnerships are capable of aligning interests and bridging differences so that major steps can be taken towards attaining the SDGs.
During the second call, PPPs could submit project proposals with one of the following themes:
- Nutrition value
- Sustainable value chains
- Sustainable and climate-proof food production systems
- Better work and income for youth and women
SDGP Focus Areas
The SDGP programme is a far-reaching facility. A major part of the SDGP are the subsidy tenders. The 2nd tender focuses on stimulating private sector development and improving food security in developing countries through public-private partnerships (PPPs).
Projects contribute to one of more of the following focus areas:
- creating better labour conditions and efficient working procedures (better work and income as well as increased production);
- reducing malnutrition;
- promoting economic growth in the agricultural and fisheries sector;
- creating sustainable and ecologically sound food chains;
- increasing private investments in developing countries.
The available budget for the second opening call is €30 million. Applicants can apply for a subsidy of at least €500,000 and at most €3 million per project.
Illustration Photo: MUIIS Project Uganda. Through the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Services (MUIIS) project, CTA in collaboration with other partners has developed a solution to address the current lack of information services and enable Ugandan farmers to make more informed decisions regarding the use of agricultural inputs, such as improved seeds, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. Armed with this information, farmers can improve their yields and protect their crops against pests and diseases, as well as increase their farms’ resilience to flooding and drought. (credits: CTA ACP-EU / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))