USAID/HUB: Agricultural Trade Technology Identification, Promotion and Investment in East Africa

Deadline: 9 July 2017

The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub), support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications form eligible organizations for its program entitled “Agricultural Trade Technology Identification, Promotion and Investment in East Africa” in order to facilitate the increased utilization of modern agricultural technology practices in the East Africa Community (EAC) agriculture sector by supporting the commercialization of viable homegrown and international technologies to facilitate regional trade in agricultural commodities.

Goals

  • Improve the policy environment for East African Community integration, trade, and investment
  • Increase the competitiveness of select regional agricultural value chains and bolster regional trade in staple foods
  • Promote intra-regional and export trade, particularly under the African Growth Opportunity Act
  • Facilitate investment and promote the use of available global technology

Funding Information

  • DAI anticipates issuing a one grant award to one organization up to a maximum of USD 450,000 to the successful organization.
  • DAI intends to provide the grant over an 18 month’s period up to a maximum amount of USD 450, 000.
  • The expected duration of DAI support or the period of performance is 18 months.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Hub’s support under this facility, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Sectors of focus: Agriculture with a focus on the following targeted value chains; grains, cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, livestock and livestock products. The company should target to work with companies that have technologies that address challenges in post-harvest handling, quality testing, payment systems, cross border grain logistics and trading that need to be scaled up and adopted in East Africa.
  • Countries of focus: the applicant should demonstrate regional presence and an understanding of East Africa’s agriculture sector i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. In addition the applicant should demonstrate an understanding of the key technology constraints that inhibit trade in the targeted agricultural value chains in the East African region.
  • Technical and management capacity: the applicant must have experience in supporting the commercialization, scaling up and adoption of agricultural technologies. In addition the applicant should possess experience in raising private capital for companies looking to expand in the East African region.
  • Investor Network: the applicant should have a good investor network. This will enable the applicant raise at least USD 2,000, 000 in private capital for the selected companies for commercialization and scaling out the prioritized technologies across East Africa.
  • Technical assistance: the applicant must have in place a technical assistance approach to provide targeted companies with the necessary support for developing, validating or refining their business growth models in order to attract investment.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications in PDF (preferred) or other electronic formats via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

For more information, please visit Request for Applications.

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