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Royal Agricultural College -- Land and Food Fellowships for Africans 2015-2016

posted Jul 20, 2014, 5:58 AM by Jan Laarman

The UK's Royal Agricultural College offers fellowships to African students for the MSc in international rural development, and MSc in sustainable agriculture and food security. The RAC seeks applicants who have experience in agriculture and related subjects; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa's development. The program supports up to 10 African fellows each year. The application deadline is 30 November 2014. However, the RAC invites expressions of interest earlier in order to be able to provide guidance to applicants. Link

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research -- Food and Business Applied Research, 2nd Call for Proposals

posted Jul 20, 2014, 5:52 AM by Jan Laarman

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (WOTRO) manages the Food & Business Applied Research Fund to provide grants to demand-driven applied research that contributes to innovation for food security in developing countries. The program is active in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen. The Fund invites applications by consortia consisting of at least one practitioner organization (i.e. companies, NGOs, governmental organizations) from a partner country, and one research or higher education organization. At least one Dutch partner is required in the consortium. Grants range from €50 thousand (for six months) to a maximum of €300 thousand (for 36 months). Proposals can be submitted continuously until the final deadline of 12 May 2015. Link

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) -- Improved Crop Varieties and Seeds in Ghana

posted Jul 10, 2014, 2:04 PM by Jan Laarman   [ updated Jul 10, 2014, 2:05 PM ]

AGRA's Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership (SSTP) aims to aid small farmers and agro dealers in Ghana with seeds of improved varieties of maize, rice, cowpea, cassava, and yam and their complementary technologies.  The program will focus on the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, and Volta regions.  Applying organizations must be operational in Ghana.  The maximum funding is US$600 thousand for a period of 30 months.  The deadline for concept notes is 20 July 2014.  Link

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) -- Collaboration with the Livestock and Fish Program

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:53 PM by Jan Laarman

The CGIAR's Livestock and Fish Program offers funding to encourage collaboration with other CGIAR Research Programs.  Proposals up to US$100 thousand are invited from participants in the Livestock and Fish Program, and from other CGIAR research programs, to improve cross-program coordination.  The deadline for proposals is 31 July 2014.  Link

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) -- Collecting Samples of African Swine Fever, Classic Swine Fever, and Foot and Mouth Disease

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:31 PM by Jan Laarman

The USDA offers grants to U.S. universities and colleges of veterinary medicine, in collaboration with international institutions and organizations, to collect and submit positive samples of the mentioned animal diseases from affected countries. These samples will be used for validation of current test platforms being developed. The program has US$150 thousand for an estimated five awards. Funding Opportunity USDA-GRANTS-07012014-001. The application deadline is 01 September 2014. Link

European Commission (EC) -- Economic Diversification in Republic of Congo

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:20 PM by Jan Laarman

The EC offers funding to help Congo (Brazzaville) diversify the economy of Bouenza Department, which is its its sugar-growing region. Activities should aim to increase value-added and marketing in agriculture, livestock raising, aquaculture, forestry/silviculture, and other stated themes and sectors. Applications are invited from nonprofit organizations in EU member states and the Republic of Congo. Grants will range from €100 thousand to €200 thousand, subject to cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/136051/DD/ACT/CG. The deadline for submissions is 29 September 2014. Link

EC Erasmus Mundus -- PhD Research in Agricultural Development at European Universities, AGTRAIN 2015

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:06 PM by Jan Laarman

Six European universities collaborate to offer the program Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AGTRAIN). AGTRAIN funds 3-year doctoral programs for study and research in themes of agricultural development, emphasizing the developing countries. Participants are enrolled in at least two universities, and their research corresponds to topics defined in each year's call for applications. Fellowships are available.  The closing date for applications is 01 November 2014. Link

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) -- Digital Financial Services for Small Farmers

posted Jul 1, 2014, 11:29 AM by Jan Laarman

CGAP invites proposals from providers of branchless banking services to develop digital financial services that meet the needs of under-served smallholder farmers and their families in developing countries.  The program aims to establish an in-depth understanding of how smallholder farmers manage their money, and what sort of financial products these customers need.  Branchless banking providers of any type may apply. The deadline for proposals (English, French, Spanish) is 04 July 2014.  Link

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) -- Soil Testing in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger

posted Jul 1, 2014, 11:24 AM by Jan Laarman

AGRA's Soil Health Program offers funding to identify and improve access to soil testing kits for agricultural extension services, and to create a platform that provides reliable soil data in real time to a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., farmers, agro-dealers, and the fertilizer industry).   The project will focus on three regions of Burkina Faso; three in Mali; and two in Niger.  AGRA defines the range of applicants it seeks in the program. Reference SHP 2014001.  The deadline for concept notes is 15 July 2014. Link

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- Food Choice in Developing Countries

posted Jul 1, 2014, 11:03 AM by Jan Laarman

In partnership with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Gates Foundation invites applications to manage a competitive small grants program that will deliver a deeper understanding of the drivers of food choice among the poor in developing countries.  It is expected that one organization will design and competitively tender a research call, and will award and manage up to 15 small research grants to sub-grant recipients. The sub-grantees will conduct research that will contribute to improved knowledge of food choices, thereby enhancing the ability of national programs and policies in agriculture, nutrition, and health. The deadline for concept memos is 01 August 2014. Link

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