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Youth in Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Foundation / Corporation

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Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States

Deadline Date:

02/15/15 11:59 PM CET (Netherlands time)


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Grants starting at €30,000 to European Union or Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific member states organizations to advance agricultural entrepreneurship and innovations by young people. Funds will support youth capacity building and promote youth employment opportunities.

The call for proposals builds on various activities that CTA has been implementing in the area of agribusiness, value chain development, ICT for agriculture, and youth in agriculture (notably within the framework of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project).

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.

Category 1:

Proposals aimed at strengthening youth engagement and entrepreneurship in strategic food commodity value chains. They will favor the consolidation of agro-food cooperatives or companies led by young people, or the creation of innovative agro-entrepreneurial mechanisms for the benefit of youths.

Category 2:

Proposals aimed at implementing the "AgriHack Talent" program at national or regional level, with a focus on value chain development, regional trade or climate change adaptation for strategic food commodities.

The objective of the AgriHack Talent program initiated by CTA is to support ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth. It encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a hackathon or coding competition is organized, followed by capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture business, as well as promotion of the products developed. Proposals may include other activities, or may not include all activities of the model.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150085

Estimated Size of Grant:

€30,000 - €100,000

Term of Contract:

The proposed activities (first year activities if the project will be executed over a longer timeframe) need to have terminated no later than September 30, 2015. All financial reports will be sent in October 2015 (covering the period up to September 30, 2015).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Participation in this call is open equally to any natural and legal person from the ACP States and the Member States of the European Union contributing to the EDF; from official EU candidate countries and member States of the European Economic Area; from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) according to OECD/DAC; from any other country covered by a European Commission decision establishing reciprocal access to external aid – as the region covered by this proposal includes LDCs, this automatically includes all OECD/DAC members; and to international organizations wherever they have their seat.

While regional projects (combining at least three countries) will be favored, national innovative proposals illustrating good potential for replication or scale-up may also be selected.

Young people aged between 18 and 35 are the direct beneficiaries of activities implemented. The project may be implemented by organizations led by people who are outside the youth age range.

Only youth organizations or organizations working on youth issues can submit proposals. This may include private or public, national or regional organizations that:

-Have innovative, well-articulated project on the issues of youth in agriculture, youth agro-entrepreneurship, ICT innovation in agriculture, ICT and entrepreneurship in agriculture, project which have the potential to benefit a large number of people in ACP countries and be replicated;

-Combine bold vision with common sense, and in particular an appreciation of cost effectiveness and sustainability;

-Propose a rigorous approach towards achieving a successful outcome of the proposed actions;

-Argue well how the proposed activities serve to meet the project’s objectives;

-Have successful prior work experience with government or donor agencies or the private sector on ICT or agriculture projects;

-Are based in ACP or EU countries. If they are from non-ACP, they must demonstrate the involvement of individuals or organizations from the ACP in the activity or the relevance of the project to ACP countries;

-Make a strong case for how the proposed project contributes to meeting CTA’s objectives; and

-Have the administrative ability to manage a grant according to CTA rules and procedures.

Grant Terms:
-Subcontracting is authorized.
-If the applicant intends to subcontract one or more parts of the services to be provided, he must indicate clearly in his submission the names of the subcontractors as well as the nature and amount of services subcontracted; less than 50% of the services to be provided can be subcontracted.
-A subcontractor may not subcontract in turn.
-Subcontractors must meet the conditions of eligibility.

-Proposals which envisage that the CTA grant will be primarily used for activities outside of ACP countries.
-Proposals that do not address the scope of the call.
-Proposals submitted by individuals or activities that are restricted to research or the publication of reports or books.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals may be submitted in either French or English.

CTA requires co-funding for its competitive grants. For this call, co-funding has to be at a minimum 10 per cent; higher co-funding shares are encouraged. Co-funding can come from the applicant organization or from third parties. Contributions of staff time towards the project can be considered as co-funding, but these have to be quantified and verifiable.

Submit applications via email to The subject line should contain the following text (without the quotation marks): “Youth Call for Proposals, not to be opened before 15 February 2015”, and all the required documents have to be PDF attachments.

CTA will send an e-mail to confirm receipt of the proposal. The acknowledgement will include a registration number that must be used as the reference in all subsequent communications.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ken Lohento, ICT4D Program Coordinator

Agro Business Park 2
6700 AJ Wageningen

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Geographic Focus:

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.