SNV Call for EOIs: Climate Smart Agriculture East Africa (CSA-EA) Project

Deadline: 31 May 2019

SNV is inviting expressions of interest from private sector-led agribusinesses to co-invest in the implementation of climate change adaptation, productivity improvements and inclusive business models under its Climate Smart Agriculture East Africa Project (CSA-EA) project.

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CSA-EA is a five-year project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands and implemented by SNV in partnership with Wageningen University and Research (WUR), CGIAR’s Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS), Agriterra and Rabo Partnerships. The project uses an inclusive business development approach to climate smart agriculture for arable crops in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The overall goal of the project is to increase the availability of accessible climate smart food for the growing population in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The emphasis of the project implementation will be adopting climate smart practices and technologies among smallholder farmers and agro-enterprises, increasing investments and business growth in climate smart value chains, and creating the enabling environment necessary to ensure the large-scale rollout of market-driven climate smart solutions for the agriculture sector. The project aims to transform, reorient and climate-proof agricultural systems and businesses to the new realities of climate change in a select number of value chains.

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Project Objectives

  • Adoption of climate smart practices and technologies among 300,000 farmers
  • Development of inclusive business cases for 50 agri-business SMEs and 30 cooperatives
  • Climate resilient sustainable food production on 600,000 hectares

Key Pillars

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The project is hinged on three key pillars of climate smart agriculture:

  • Productivity: sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes
  • Adaptation: reduce the exposure of farmers and agri-businesses to short-term risks while strengthening their resilience by building their capacity to adapt and prosper in the face of climatic shocks
  • Mitigation: reduce greenhouse gases emissions, increase water and energy efficiencies

Funding Information

The project’s Innovation and investment facility shall support selected SMEs and cooperatives with a maximum co-investment of 50% of the required funds for the activity or €200,000, whichever is lower, in the proposed climate smart solutions.


Duration of the proposed project intervention shall depend on the nature of the intervention. SNV envisages investment interventions that may be implemented within 3 years from the publication of this call, with a completion date not exceeding December 2022, to allow for monitoring and evaluation before the expiry of this project.

Eligibility Criteria

Businesses soliciting co-investment support under the CSA –EA project should be:

  • Legally registered small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and Cooperatives
  • Demonstrated sound operational track record of at least two years however start-ups with a convincing business case can also be considered
  • Eligible organizations should be based in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Target value chains are oil seeds, pulses, cereals and potato
  • Concept Notes address the arrangements and issues as presented in this Call.
  • Ability to invest in products and or services that enhance resilience in agricultural production
  • Ability to address vulnerability of the value chain/s to impacts of climate change
  • Potential for employment/new job creation for the youth and women
  • Potential for innovative CSA practices and technologies

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the expression of interest form available on the given website.

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

For more information, please visit

  • Avatar Takele says:

    The call mentions East Africa. But Ethiopia is not included. Can a business based in Ethiopia apply?. Please advice

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Takele,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Amule Mansuru says:

    its a good move, and will the small CBOs that has shown impact on ground be allowed to apply even if this is their first concept note
    secondly we tried sending the application form and its not going

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Amule Mansuru,

      The website is working properly, please try again. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Methodius says:

    Our cooperative union in Uganda is working on cocoa and we have been trying to carry out interventions on climate smart agriculture with a Belgium based organization- Broderlijk Delen under family farming project. We are finance by finance and technical support.can we apply?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Methodius,

      You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Araptowet Simon says:

    Tower company limited is an agribusiness company located in eastern Uganda dealing in Irish seed multiplication so can we also apply

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Araptowet Simon,

      Yes, Uganda is eligible to apply for this grant. To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Lillian says:

    Am from Kyebando SACCO Uganda, but the concept note we are supposed to fill is a PDF how can we access the word document to be filled.

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Lillian,

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

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Jhalla says:

    Is this scheme for certain counties in Kenya or or is it Kenya wide, given the appropriate business case?

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Jhalla,

      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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