Apply for GAIA 2017 Award! A Call for Agriculture Technology Innovations

Deadline: 16 March 2017

Do you have a big idea that could transform agriculture and agribusiness in Southern or Central Africa?

The Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the “2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for Southern and Central Africa”.

GAIA has been launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that help bridge the gender gap in African agriculture and particularly those that enhance the positive participation of African women in agricultural value chains across the continent.

The efficiency of African agriculture is hampered by a persistent gender gap. Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) ensures visibility, commercialization, and scaling up of agricultural research innovations (AgTech) with the potential to bridge the gender gap in African agriculture by focusing on agribusinesses that demonstrate clear benefits to groups that are often marginalized in agriculture including women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors.

Eligibility Criteria

AWARD GAIA is looking for enterprises that:

  • Serve the agriculture or allied sectors
  • Demonstrate clear benefits to groups that are often marginalized in agriculture including women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors
  • Have an innovative technology or business model
  • Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale
  • Have some proof of concept on the ground, conducted pilots and are preferably generating revenues
  • Are seeking funding to commercialize or scale

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries

  • Central Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Madagascar
  • Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information, please visit GAIA 2017 Award.

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