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SEED Foundation

Grants in support of smallholder agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Principal Office: France

The SEED Foundation aims to improve long-term food security, agriculture, and livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa. The meaning of SEED is “Sow and Encourage Economic Development.”

The Foundation promotes sustainable growth and diversification of family agriculture in Africa. It works to help improve the storage, processing, and marketing of local African agricultural products.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants for smallholder agriculture in Africa. Grants by the SEED Foundation aim to strengthen small-holder agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa through the following actions:

  • Facilitate access to land, water, finance, and other resources to raise rural productivity;
  • Support soil conservation, reforestation, and anti-desertification;
  • Improve diversification, storage, agro-processing, and marketing of local agricultural products;
  • Encourage commercial agriculture and agro-processing;
  • Support ecological agriculture;
  • Build the capacity of small agricultural producers and local rural organizations.

About supported actions

Grants are to relevant and experienced nonprofit organizations in France that collaborate with nonprofit partners in eligible African countries.

Each year SEED Foundation finances on average 3 agricultural projects in Africa for a period of 2 to 3 years with an overall budget of approximately €45 thousand.

APPLICATION: Grants are awarded through calls for proposals.

Each call includes eligibility criteria; a list of countries eligible for grant activities; funding restrictions; an application form; and details regarding the selection process.

The selection of grant recipients is made in two stages. Applicants submit project summaries. The Foundation invites full proposals from the best project summaries.

About how to submit a project

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Dem Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia

The Foundation’s website is available in French and partially in English.

Funding for the Foundation is provided through a partnership of several companies that do international business between Europe and Africa in food products and other industries.

The Foundation posts annual reports and financial statements, as well as profiles of recently funded projects.

Contact offers information for the Foundation’s office in Paris.