EU Call for Proposals: Support to Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Aquaculture in Uganda (PESCA)


Deadline: 29 January 2019

The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a program entitled “Support to Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Aquaculture in Uganda (PESCA)” to contribute to a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture sector in Uganda.

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The Project Purpose is to improve food and nutrition security, increase income and improve livelihoods, promote an environmentally-sustainable, inclusive and climate-resilient socio-economic development, focussing on a market-oriented aquaculture value chain targeting the national and regional markets, and focussing on smallholders and smallholders’ associations.

The specific objective of the project is: to support the development of a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally-sustainable and climate-resilient aquaculture value chain in a comprehensive manner.

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Result Areas

The Project has been structured to be achieved through the implementation of three Result areas, which are as follows:

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  • Result 1: A sound policy and regulatory framework is developed (including in terms of promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, mitigating climate change/environmental impacts and contributing to climate change adaptation), and effectively enforced.
  • Result 2: Production and productivity of aquaculture fish and fish products is enhanced, giving priority to locally-developed environmentally-sustainable practices, and focusing on smallholder and rural livelihoods and the formation of gender-responsive producer groups.
  • Result 3: Post-harvest losses are reduced and marketing opportunities for aquaculture fish and fish products is created.

Size of Grants

  • Lot 1: Producer Organisations (POs), preparing BMPs & Extension Capacity Enhancement
    • minimum amount: UGX 2,000,000,000
    • maximum amount: UGX 3,072,926,500
  • Lot 2: Establishing a one-stop-shop for potential investors & undertaking a survey to update aquaculture database/data access systems
    • minimum amount: UGX 1,500,000,000
    • maximum amount: UGX 2,414,442,250
  • Lot 3: Fish Feed Development
    • minimum amount: UGX 1,000,000,000
    • maximum amount: UGX 1,755,958,000
  • Lot 4: Fish Seed Development
    • minimum amount: UGX 800,000,000
    • maximum amount: UGX 1,316,968,500

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person
      • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 43 of the rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation
      • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Countries.
      • For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. Unless sector-specific eligibility rules provide otherwise, if the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible to participate) or will be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 12.2. e. of General Conditions of the grant agreement’.
      • This obligation does not apply to international organisations
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the coapplicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
      • have operational presence in the Republic of Uganda., and specifically within the target geographical areas covered is an added advantage.
  • Co-applicant(s)
    • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
  • Affiliated entities
    • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
    • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
      • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
      • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
        • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
          • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
            • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
            • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
            • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
        • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2G4vhAg and download the guidelines.

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  • Avatar Kamanya Simon Alex says:

    We are into fish farming cluster located in kaliro district in uganda and i have looked at this as an opportunity to help us access funding to be a solution to our challenges of poor quality feeds and seeds so am going to apply on behalf of the cluster

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Kamanya Simon Alex,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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