Here is a sample proposal using the intermediate proposal template. The sample proposal has all the elements that you need to include in the proposal with a small description of each section and subsection.
Please note that this is just a sample and the various sections do not have the complete description, it has been drafted to give you an idea of how each section is to be written.
When writing the proposal for your organization you will have to elaborate on each and every section so that it provides sufficient and adequate information to the donor.
Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary
Climate change poses serious threat to people worldwide, and impacts their livelihood to varying degrees. Studies reveal that the most vulnerable people belong to developing countries and more precisely rural communities. The northern regions of Ghana are the poorest part of the country, with a high proportion of the population living in poverty. Most the people are dependent on farming and allied sector as the country offers limited alternatives income options. This makes the country highly susceptible to even a slight change in weather patterns, making the people severely vulnerable to climate change.
To address the issue of food insecurity, it is important that climate smart farming techniques are promoted and adopted. This would help in making agriculture, resilient to climate change and also ensure food security. Climate smart agriculture is still in its nascent stage and the project will open new gateways for the development of viable and sustainable agronomic practices in the developing countries.
Through this project ABC Foundation aims to initiate a multi stakeholder dialogue to develop a community based adaptation strategy for the communities of Bonassaso village. The project is in line with the existing issues being faced by the local populace of the area and would focus efforts towards the following:
- Increasing awareness on linkages between climate change and food security.
- Improving food security through adoption of climate smart agriculture practices.
- Enhance adaptation and preparedness of the vulnerable communities of the area.
2. Problem Statement
Climate Change (CC) poses severe threat to the underprivileged and the rural masses, by reducing their access to food, energy and water. Communities, relying on natural resources are the worst hit and often fall victims even to a slight change in weather. The huge attention being given to CC issues is evident from the fact that several international and national agreements have been signed to reduce GHG emission. Several multilateral and bilateral agencies are also routing funds for CC mitigation and adaptation.
Along with international mitigation and adaptation strategies to cope with climate change, there is also a need to preserve traditional practices. Farmers worldwide are facing tremendous pressure to meet the demand of the growing population and food consumption. Climate change further adds to this existing pressure. Studies reveal that Climate Change will reduce food productivity by affecting all four dimensions of food security viz. food availability, access to food, stability of food supplies, and food utilization.
There is a need to adapt to changing climatic conditions to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to climate change. This would be possible by introduction of fundamental changes in agricultural practices. Integration of traditional knowledge with innovations in agriculture also has a huge scope to enhance the adaptive capacity of the rural communities. International organizations and research institutes worldwide have developed an approach that tackles both the issues of climate change and food insecurity.
Climate-smart agriculture is an approach to guide actions to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively and sustainably support development and food security under a changing climate (FAO). Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) promotes production systems that sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals. Rural communities in South Africa are one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Rising temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns and the increased frequency of natural disasters create challenges for the agrarian society of many South African Countries.
Ghanian economy is dominated by agriculture as more than 25% of the GDP comes from this sector. Climate change will therefore greatly impact the existing farming practices and thus the livelihoods of those dependent on it. The northern regions of Ghana are the poorest part of the country, with a high proportion of the population living in poverty.
Most the people are dependent on farming and allied sector as the country offers limited alternatives income options. This makes the country highly susceptible to even a slight change in weather patterns, making the people severely vulnerable to climate change.
Climate projections are available for the northern regions of Ghana suggest the following changes in climatic conditions.
- Mean daily temperatures will increase by 2.5-3.2 °C by 2100.
- Annual rainfall totals will decrease by up to 27% by the year 2100, causing increasing droughts.
- Increasing desertification.
- Decreasing river flows and recharges rates.
- Potential for increased floods as a result of increasingly erratic rainfall.
3. Project Description
The project will provide scientific solutions to accelerate the adaptive capacities of the rural peoples and farmers. The project will provide a set of agronomic practices to suit the agro-ecology of the area and ensure food security and better productivity. The proposed project will be implemented over a period of two years. Project will be implemented in Bonsaaso village, Amansie-West District of Ashanti Region of Ghana. The area is characterized by hot, humid tropical climate conditions. 80% of the population practices agriculture, and the farmers mainly rely on small scale cash crop farming. Most farmers have small plots of lands and use traditional farming practices. The project will benefit the farming communities of Bonsaaso village through the awareness campaign and will directly benefit the 500 farmers who will be trained on aspects of climate smart agriculture.
3.1 Goal: The overall goal of the proposed project is to increase food security though adoption of climate smart agriculture practices.
- To sensitize the farming community in Bonsaaso village about the linkages between food security and climate change.
- To promote adoption of climate smart farming practices suitable for the agro- ecological region of Bonsaaso through capacity building and training of 500 farmers.
- Establish a resource centre to serve as information hub and library for the farmers to get latest information on climate change.
3.3 Project Activities
- Mapping and Situation Analysis: The purpose of this activity is to understand the current situation in the Bonsaaso hamlet. This would include mapping of socioeconomic, political, and environmental aspects of the area
- 2. Development of awareness tools to suit the local communities: Audio- Visual material will be developed to sensitize the local communities on climate change risks and threats. Leaflets, booklets, flashcards will be developed in vernacular to create greater impact. Documentaries made by international agencies on climate change will also be translated.
- Awareness campaign: Awareness generation is a key activity towards achieving project success. Farmers will adopt climate smart agriculture practices only after they understand the implications of climate change on food security. Following sub activities will be undertaken to sensitize the communities.
- Community Meetings: Project team will initiate community meetings to discuss about the project and also share information on climate change risks and food security threats.
- Distribution of leaflets and pamphlets: Communication material developed in vernacular language will be distributed. Use of easy language will help in developing a better understanding of the issues.
- Documentary screening: A documentary will be screened in a community hall, to showcase the threats of climate change.
- Mobile Information Centre: For dissemination of information a mobile van will be used. This will serve as a information centre and people who could not attend the awareness camp will also benefit from it.
- Promotion of area specific agricultural activities: area specific technologies that are aligned to agro-ecological principles will be promoted in the villages. Adoption of such technologies will help in improving the biological, social and economic systems resilient to climate change.
- Trainings will be imparted on following aspects of climate smart agriculture
- Crop and nutrition management
- Conservation Agriculture
- Livestock management
- Agro forestry
- Diversified energy systems
- Soil and water management
- Risk insurance
- Weather forecasting
- Technological interventions.
Training sessions will also be given on some traditional agricultural practices like – mulching, intercropping and manure production. All the training sessions will be given in vernacular so as to facilitate easy learning and understanding amongst the farmers.
- Establishment of Resource Centre and Weather Forecasting Centre The resource centre will serve as an information hub for farming related activities. Apart from educational material, quality seeds, cropping material, organic manure, pesticides, insecticides etc. will be made available to the farmers at lower prices.
3.4 Project Results
- Increased awareness among the community on linkages between climate change and food security.
- Enhanced learning of various aspects of climate smart agriculture.
- 500 farmers adopt the climate resilient practices and supplement their income.
- Resource centre established in the village becomes an information hub for neighboring villages and farmers gain knowledge about various new technologies and agriculture practices.
3.5 Project Timeline
3.6 Monitoring and Evaluation
Project will undertake monitoring and evaluation, at all levels as per the Monitoring & Evaluation plan. Monitoring will be carried out right from the project inception, so as to ensure that processes and results are documented regularly. This would in turn allow steering decisions and modifying the project processes to meet the deliverables in a timely manner. Data gathered during monitoring will help in evaluating the project progress at the end. Quarterly activity reports will be submitted to the donor agency which would help in project evaluation.
3.7 Risk and Assumptions
- Lack of involvement from the stakeholders.
- Poor participation of farmers in training workshops and demonstration.
- Land is unavailable for establishing the resource center.
The project will ensure financial, institutional and environmental sustainability. To ensure long term impact and sustainability following strategies are in place.
- Training and capacity building of the farmers will help in meeting the project objectives. The trained farmers will help in transferring the knowledge to their peers.
- As the material will be in vernacular it will be easy to understand and share the knowledge.
- Establishment of the resource centre in the area will help in the long run. After the project completion, trained farmers will take charge of it and our NGO will support them with updating information.
3.9 Project Management
Project will be implemented by a team of five staff members and will comprise of the following:
3.10 Project Budget
5. Organization Profile
ABC is a national institution engaged in developing programmes and material to increase awareness about the environment and sustainable development in Ghana. The organization was established in 2000 and since then it has worked towards creating awareness about environment and conservation. ABCs primary objective is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment, so as to promote nature conservation and sustainable development.
- Certification of Registration
- Tax exemption Certificate
- Climate Vulnerability Report of Ghana
- CV of Project Director