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Deadline: 30 June 2019

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has announced a funding call 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 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 is the continental apex body for agricultural research and innovation in Africa. Its mission is to contribute to generating high, broad-based and sustainable agricultural growth by catalyzing improvements to the productivity and competitiveness of the sector through increased and effective application of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

FARA is currently implementing the Capacity Development and Technology Outreach (CDTO) compact of the TAAT programs in African countries. TAAT has emerged as a framework to foster the development of Agriculture on the continent through the scaling of proven technologies. The CDTO technology scaling instrument is the agricultural Innovation Platform (IP), established agribusinesses and other multi-stakeholders’ platforms (MSP).

FARA has some seed funding from the African Development Bank to pilot capacity development support. Furthermore, it proposes to facilitate the development of an investment portfolio for consideration at a 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 USD $20,000 for a period of two (2) years and are expected to be provided to suitably developed proposals on a case by case basis.

Application Process

The call seeks:

Applicant IPs, agribusinesses or MSP to Register and/or update their information on the Innovation platform Agribusiness portal. 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 the Innovation platform Agribusiness portal 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.

How to Apply:

The application document should be submitted together with the filled templates (Facilitator/Director and IP/MSP) via email at the address given on the website.

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