Call for Proposals: Rural Youth Groups in Agriculture and Agribusiness Related Enterprises

Deadline: 6 June 2018

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to apply for support to help them access:

  • Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals,
  • Agri-business incubation services and mentorship
  • Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportuniti

The intention of this support is to build existing businesses/start ups run by youth with a view of creating employment.

Focus Areas

  • ICT in agriculture and agribusiness sector
  • Appropriate technology and innovations ready for scale up/ commercialization/ investments e.g. irrigation, storage, cultivation
  • Agricultural Production, Post Harvesting and value addition/processing
  • Agriculture finance and services
  • Aggregation, supply chain management and distribution.
  • Agriculture inputs (seeds, fertilizer, pesticides etc.)
  • Business development service providers (BDS)
  • Cottage industry
  • Any other relevant areas

Eligibility Criteria

  • The support is intended to reach at least 10,000 youthful farmers in groups/individuals aged 35 years and below in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. If the applicants are youth groups, the group dynamics should have at least 70% youth as members. The project will last at least 3 years with the first round of support expected to culminate in possible business pitching to potential investors. 1st pitching in 2018, 2nd pitching 2019 and 3rd pitching in 2020.
  • The next two rounds of support will focus on scaling up capacity building with practical trainings and linkages to potential funding support. They shall also form a national and a regional knowledge sharing platforms through which information, support and opportunities will be shared.
  • The support will seek partnerships with re-known business schools, business incubators, experts and mentors who will assist in developing a tailor made approach to capacity building.

How to Apply

Applicants can submit their application via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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