French Committee for International Solidarity
Grants for small-scale agriculture and rural community organizations in West Africa
Principal Office: France
The French Committee for International Solidarity (Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale – CFSI) comprises about 20 French civil society organizations that work for international sustainable development. CFSI’s mission focuses on social justice to reduce poverty and inequality; economy in the service of humans; and sustainable management and sharing of natural resources.
CFSI works with civil society partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Projects address agriculture in the fight against hunger, vocational training for younger generations, and capacity-building of local organizations.
Agriculture has been a major part of CFSI’s history since its founding in 1960, and agriculture remains a current priority as defined by the program Feed the World (Nourrir le monde). The program makes grants for small-scale agriculture in West Africa.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Family Farming in West Africa. Family Farming in West Africa is a partnership of CFSI with Fondation de France. The program defines the following themes:
- Diversified production and improved marketing in small-scale agriculture;
- Management of natural resources in support of small-scale agriculture; and
- Capacity building of rural organizations.
Grants are to legally established nonprofit organizations in West Africa and Europe. They include farming organizations; NGOs in West Africa; support NGOs in West Africa and Europe; public institutions; and networks of organizations and individuals working together to develop family farming in West Africa.
APPLICATION: Family Farming in West Africa posts an annual call for proposals on the websites of CFSI and Fondation de France. Each call presents guidelines, application forms, and budget forms.
The organizations which submit proposals can be either African or European. Applications can be in French or English. They are submitted by email to CFSI before the calendar deadline posted in the application information.
Link to calls for proposals
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The following countries collectively define West Africa, using the geographical framework of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
CFSI’s website is available in French.
The Fondation de France is CFSI’s partner for Family Farming in West Africa. The Foundation makes grants in several program areas, mainly for France. However, the Foundation supports international grant making in some areas.