Business Innovation Challenge CFPs: Inviting Enterprises developing Innovative Solutions to Create Jobs

The UK government has issued a call for proposals for Business Innovation Challenge for enterprises who are developing innovative solutions to create jobs, especially for Kenya’s youth. Up to five successful enterprises will receive grant funding and technical assistance worth up to KSH 13million (£100,000) each. The call for proposals targets initiatives that are innovative, scalable, sustainable and which can demonstrate substantial impact. The Challenge is focused on three broad areas: … [Read more...]

IFAD launches Campaign to curb Gender Gap in Agriculture

The United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has started a campaign aimed at closing the gender gap in agriculture by drawing attention to the often overlooked contributions that rural women in developing countries make to rural economies. The campaign – "Real Groundbreakers" – is aimed at building awareness as well as raising government support for much needed investment. Through the campaign digital platform, women and men around the world can stand in … [Read more...]

PepsiCo Foundation and CARE partner for She Feeds the World Program to tackle Gender Inequality in Agriculture Sector

The PepsiCo Foundation and CARE- the global poverty-fighting organization have partnered to provide $18.2 million grant for the She Feeds the World program to tackle gender inequality in the agriculture sector. The grant will provide 5 million female farmers and their families around the world with education, resources and economic support to help them increase their crop yields, incomes and access to nutrition locally. The partnership is part of a broader effort by PepsiCo to support a … [Read more...]

Young Agricultural Researchers share in Grants worth $330,000

The grants worth $330,000 have been shared in by 14 agricultural researchers through the Federal Government’s Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The awards were established to help turn ideas for improving agricultural productivity into reality. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud said. "Each winner will receive a grant of up to $22,000 to further develop their ideas and boost Australia’s agriculture … [Read more...]

Agriculture Leaders discuss the Future of Agriculture Systems in Latin America and Caribbean Region

To identify opportunities and threats that could affect food and agriculture systems in Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LAC), agriculture leaders gathered in Costa Rica. The workshop brought together policy makers, producer groups, agribusiness firms, civil society organizations, researchers, and development agencies, to examine future scenarios and identify actions to facilitate the emergence of dynamic, productive, and modern agriculture and food systems. Findings from the workshop … [Read more...]

Impact Fund launched for creating Capital to the Rural Areas of Developing Countries

At the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries has been launched. IFAD, along with the European Union, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the government of Luxembourg and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), will launch the Agri-Business Capital (ABC) Fund to help rural … [Read more...]

Funding of €45 Million in support for Smallholder Agri-Businesses in Rural Africa

New Agri-Business Capital (ABC) Fund has been launched to help deliver on the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investments and Jobs. Speaking at the launch, organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Commissioner Mimica said, "The EU is committed to boosting agri-business investments, strengthening livelihoods and creating sustainable jobs in rural areas, especially among traditionally under-served communities. The ABC Fund will help us achieve this – … [Read more...]

Increase Economic Momentum of Africa-Korea Partnerships to Advance Africa’s Agro-Industrialization: AfDB

African Development Bank Group has called for increased economic momentum in Africa through partnerships with Korea to advance trade and the industrialization of Africa’s agricultural sector. Adesina said, "Africa’s partnership with Korea should be more concrete and more structured. We should connect financial instruments and technologies from Korea with the numerous initiatives on the continent." Adesina further said, "We must transform our rural areas from zones of economic misery to … [Read more...]

FAO and ACT working together for Sustainable Mechanization of Farming in Africa

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Conservation Tillage (ACT) Network to encourage greater access for small-scale farmers to sustainable farm mechanization, such as two-wheeled tractors and other labour-saving machines. The partnership also seeks to link the use of farming machinery to Conservation Agriculture which is a farming system that promotes minimum soil disturbance and the planting of … [Read more...]

South Sudan: Agri-business Development Project Phase 2 launched

The South Sudan Agri-business Development Project Phase 2 has been launched by the consortium of NGOs. The launch of the programme was officiated by Minister of Agriculture, Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, Minister of Trade, Paul Mayom Akec and deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to South Sudan, Jeroen Kelderhuis. The majority of households in South Sudan rely on subsistence farming. This is the result of a lack of access to capital, quality agricultural inputs, storage facilities and … [Read more...]