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Across the agriculture sector in every country, women plan an important and often undeserved role in growing, processing, and marketing food. They use entrepreneurial thinking and skills to do so much when the opportunities they have are so much fewer than men. The Partnering for Innovation AWE prize is now online if you know a colleague who is running her own business in SSA - check out all the details on the AgTechXChange here.

The Sida supported programme Demo Environment (Demo/Miljö) managed by The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) is now open for applications.


Financing technology for new markets


Are you looking to introduce your proven and sold technical solution to a new market? Or, is your organisation looking to import technology that’s new and innovative to your country?


The Demo Environment programmes have since 2007 supported the exchange of knowledge and business opportunities to make a difference in the fight against poverty and environmental challenges. The fifth call for applications is now open until 4 March with the possibility to send in a concept note and receive feedback before 14 February. Countries eligible for funding are the following:


Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


The programme offers two types of financing: Planning Grants are awarded to help entrepreneurs explore new markets and research their technology’s impact on the environment and poverty reduction. In Demonstration Projects, local actors receive financing to help them import technologies which offer solutions to local environmental challenges.


The programme’s emphasis is on cleantech products, systems, processes, and services which offer clear advantages over competing solutions in the following focus areas:

  • Climate change adaption/mitigation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Renewable energy
  • Water and sanitation
  • Urban development


All information about the programme can be found on the website https://tillvaxtverket.se/demoenvironment. Attached you also find possible texts for newsletters, tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn postings, etc. 


Are you an innovative change-maker under the age of 35? Then apply for the Thought for Food 2018 TFF Challenge and take advantage of the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in grant funding!


The Thought For Food Challenge calls on next-generation innovators from around the world to form teams and develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050.

By participating in the TFF Challenge, you would join a movement of youth from 130 different countries that are reshaping our global food systems. During the challenge, you would work with world-class mentors and take part in proven training programs and curriculum that have launched projects such as WhyFarm, FoPo, and Agrilution.


TFF Challenge participants will have the chance to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and you may be selected to participate in the TFF Bootcamp, an intense, 10 week startup training which culminates at the TFF Global Summit, an all expenses paid trip!


Registration opens on 15 January 2018.

Are you ready to change the future? Save the date to make sure you don't miss your chance to participate in the world’s leading startup program for food and agriculture.

After Signup

After you apply, you can recruit team members, refine your concept and create an attention-grabbing pitch with the help of our online design lab. You’ll become part of a global network, gain access to investors, media and mentors.

Learn more about participating in the challenge.

Take a look at the 2018 timeline below:



Asset Africa Institute

Posted by hanna Dec 8, 2017

Asset Africa Institute (AAI) was formed by a group of experienced development practitioners in Kenya to respond to the training needs of development organizations in developing countries. The organization hosts seminars, events, and trainings on a variety of subjects, from M&E to supply chain managemnt. While the organization focuses on development organizations, many of the trainings seem relevant for private companies and social enterprises. Some of their upcoming opportunities include seminars on Resource Mobilization, Data Analysis, and Office Management and Administration. You check out more of their upcoming events and trainings here!


A BOOK of Quotes of Farmers

Posted by nazmul Nov 1, 2017

This is a summary reflections of our farmers end of one to three years with the project .

The Third Eye Observations by their own assessment.




I only just came across this great opportunity to apply for this accelerator program in either Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal or Pakistan. Applications are due November 1, 2017 and below are the criteria:


Eligibility Criteria


   Be a legal, registered enterprise able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of revenue-generating operations.

  1. Be able to demonstrate current operations or plans to secure representation in either Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal or Pakistan by 1 September 2017.
  2. The business plans to create a product or service that helps girls aged 10-19 do one or more of the following:
    • Save time or money, enabling girls to stay in school or learn
    • Save or invest earnings and assets
    • Earn
    • Feel safe and secure
  3. The product or service must be a physical, digital or financial asset that targets or benefits girls. It may also benefit or be purchased by her family.
  4. Agree to all legal terms and conditions of SPRING.
  5. Submit an application form with all required fields completed through the SPRING website.
  6. Be willing to provide material and references in support of your application should they be requested by DFID, Nike Foundation, USAID, DFAT or its partners in operating SPRING.
  7. If selected to join SPRING, the CEO commits to participating in the accelerator, empowering any other team members participating, and implementing strategies that will grow and scale the business to increase positive impact on the lives of girls.
  8. If selected to join SPRING, agree to participate in the programme and contribute knowledge to the SPRING network.
  9. If selected to receive prototype development funding, agree to use the financial resources in accordance with the agreed scope of work, determined in conjunction with SPRING partners.
  10. If selected to join SPRING, commit to be contacted and to provide key performance indicators to SPRING during the Accelerator and for up to three years after completion of your time in the Accelerator, to SPRING or the Monitoring & Evaluation Partner.
  11. Complete the application form and submit it on the website before to be communicated later this year. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
  12. Businesses must not produce or distribute goods or services that are not supported by DFID’s aid programmes such as military equipment, luxury goods, alcohol or tobacco.
  13. The SPRING programme and all partners and ventures that participate in the programme will comply with all legal requirements and child protection policies of governments and the ILO in all participating countries.
  14. Businesses owned or controlled by employees of SPRING, sponsors, contributors or partners, or any of their affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse parents, siblings, and children) and household members of such employees, are not eligible.

Innovation Prize for Africa

Posted by abrack6 Oct 17, 2017

The African Innovation Foundation released a call for applications for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 Awards, which focuses on "Investing In Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems." You must submit your application for a share of the $185,000 prize by January 10, 2018. The prize focuses on five thematic areas, including agriculture/agribusiness.


For more information and to apply, please visit the website here: http://innovationprizeforafrica.org/


Good luck!

Interested in biological control products? Check out this video on an upcoming event, 9/22/17, in Guatemala.

The ANDE network is producing high quality, well researched work to map out impact investors. Recently they released one focused on Lagos: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.andeglobal.org/resource/resmgr/west_africa/Lagos_Entrepreneurial_Ecosys.pdf


Here is the mapping of impact investing in Abuja: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.andeglobal.org/resource/resmgr/west_africa/Lagos_Entrepreneurial_Ecosys.pdf


Please use this resource to see what kinds of investments are available in Abuja and Lagos, from grants to loans and equity investments.

Global Innovation Tool and Marketplace Available to Support USAID Priorities

One of the biggest challenges we face in promoting innovations in global development is the lack of opportunity to collaborate openly and freely with innovators, subject matter experts, and funders.

USAID is working with the Australian Department of Foreign Assistance and Trade (Australian Aid), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the Global Innovation Exchange (the Exchange) alongside partners from across government, business, academia, and civil society who believe they can discover and support solutions to major global issues through collaboration.

The Exchange is a free, online platform designed to convene anyone in global development, which serves as a clearinghouse for innovations, funding opportunities, and other resources, and it is searchable by sectors, topics, and geography.

Specifically for USAID, the Exchange can serve as a tool to:

  • Search for innovations to be implemented in USAID local programming/projects;
  • Share with your innovators to showcase their innovations and create communities of practice in a particular region/country;
  • Amplify and highlight funding opportunities; and
  • Become an expert/mentor on the Exchange and share insight with innovators.

Knowing that a breakthrough idea can come from anyone, anywhere, the Exchange aims to democratize development. It is an open platform available to everyone. Already home to nearly $88.6 million funding opportunities, more than 4,600 innovations, and more than 15,000 users, the Exchange is rapidly expanding, reaching nearly every corner of the world.

Visit www.globalinnovationexchange.org to learn more about the platform and discover innovations and resources to support your projects and programs.

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10 acres for commercial rent

Posted by innosl Jul 20, 2017

I would like to look at renting 10 acres of my farm land for rent. Located in Newton, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

AgThentic identifies actionable insights and opportunities to help entrepreneurs, investors & corporations improve the food system. Check out what types of investors and start-ups they are working with, browse the listing of resources they have available, and check out their reports and studies to accelerate your own ag business.

Terra, in partnership with Rabobank and RocketSpace, is hosting an eight week series of workshops and mentoring that brings together ag and food startups with corporates to help accelerate growth and investment in innovative technologies. If you are a startup, check out their website and apply for the next course.

Agriculture is both a major cause of global warming, and will be significantly affected by global warming.

This article has been carefully prepared by FIMOAT-CIG in preparation to be presented in a UN high level event in Newyork, Vienna and/or Geneva of the preparatory process of a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration.We welcome criticism from this family community before presentation at the event. To view the article in pdf format click hear:

Climate change, agriculture and migration.pdf - Google Drive


Global warming is likely to generate rising temperatures and more severe storms such as hurricanes that erode agricultural land. This could lead to more competition for agricultural land and water that has been shifted likely to urban areas. With increasing population deforestation to make land available for habitation, crops and livestock and to produce biofuels could accelerate global warming. Deforestation itself is a major cause of accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide and methane emitted in the atmosphere causing global warming. We might expect acceleration in the pace of rural-urban migration within countries due to global warming. We might also expect out-migration of farmers to areas that are likely to become more viable for farming or other sectors.


Climate change and agriculture


More demands are now being placed upon agriculture: global food security, responding to climate change and protecting environmental services. Climate change challenges need to be understood as they interact with other major development processes such as globalization, de-agrarianisation, urbanization and migration. In the agricultural sector, the broad concept of Climate-Smart Agriculture is moving to the fore. It merges productivity, adaptation, mitigation, sustainable intensification and climate resilience, alongside broader development goals. Climate change may only be adding to the challenges facing agriculture, but could also act as a catalyst, alongside other global concerns, to create fresh opportunities for sustainable agricultural development. Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA): CSA has quite a broad definition and draws together sustainable productivity, resilience, adaptation, emissions reductions, national food security and development goals under one umbrella. CSA is perceived as a threat to modernizing agriculture and achieving food security. CSA presents potentially new funding opportunities but will require strong political leadership, supportive government policies and institutional arrangements that make investments worthwhile. These are challenges already central to debates on agricultural development for many decades. While adaptations or mitigation projects can be important sources of learning, more programmatic and mainstream planning responses are needed. Attention needs to be paid not only to productivity issues, but also to how climate change may change value chains and global trade flows. FIMOAT-CIG is promoting Climate Smart Agriculture, which brings together responses to climate change like adaptation, mitigation, resilience alongside broader development goals. However, as a result of merging multiple objectives these concepts can appear somewhat ambitious in terms of implementation. The broad nature of the concepts allows for varied interpretations in implementation, encourages inclusiveness and sparks debate. Potential synergies and trade-offs among food production, adaptation and mitigation include:  Expansion of agricultural land, increased use of mechanization, fertilizer and other inputs.  Improved irrigation infrastructure and weather forecasting. Use of single high-yielding variety.  Restoration of degraded land, improvement of soil-macro- and micro-nutrients.  Diversification of crop, livestock and fisheries varieties, improved on-farm and off-farm food storage.  On-farm production and use of biofuels.  Reforestation, decreased livestock production and agroforestry options that have low food benefits.


Climate change, agriculture and migration


The agricultural sector employed about 1.4 billion of the world’s 3.4 billion workers in 2008. Even without climate change, coming years are likely to witness continuing large-scale migration out of the agricultural sector, particularly in developing countries where farm incomes are significantly lower than non-farm incomes. Climate change, specifically global warming, is likely to accelerate this pace of migration. Several economic models project that global warming will have more effects on the distribution of farm production than global farm output, with new areas becoming viable for farming as a result of higher temperatures. However, far more people are likely to be displaced by global warming than those likely to find jobs in these new farming areas. Existing policy addressing the challenges already faced by agricultural workers as they seek alternative economic opportunities is limited. The likely impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, more displacement, underscores the urgent need for policymakers and the international community to commit greater attention and resources towards developing a package of innovative policies to provide workers with alternative opportunities within the agricultural sector or to ease their out-migration from the sector. The agricultural sector comprises the largest reservoir of workers looking for higher wages and more opportunity. Global warming is likely to exacerbate the challenges faced by agricultural workers. While it may be difficult to isolate climate change from other factors encouraging people in rural areas to move to urban areas, there can be little doubt that climate changes will add to out-migration. It is also clear that existing policy is inadequate to address the current flow of migrants from the agricultural sector, much less an increased movement as a result of climate change. The likely effects of global warming underscore the urgency of developing effective and comprehensive policy to address the challenges faced by agricultural workers. A concerted effort on the part of home and host governments, and the international community, and a commitment of resources towards developing feasible and innovative options and incentives to make both the rural sector attractive or to assist migrants in making the transition out of the agricultural sector will be critical in the next years.

Emmanuel Udomisormbuh patience atamStephen Mugo

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