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Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has launched this Call for Funding Support for the establishment/reactivation of Innovation Platforms, Agribusinesses and other Multi-Stakeholder Platforms to Scale Agricultural Technologies in AfricaThe deadline for submission of all proposals is June 30, 2019.

This opportunity is from the Capacity Development and Technology Outreach (CDTO) compact of the Technologies for Africa Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)programme in African countries funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) currently being implemented by FARA.TAAT has emerged as a framework to foster the development of Agriculture on the continent through the scaling of proven technologies. The CDTO technology scaling instrument is the agricultural Innovation Platform (IP), established agribusinesses and other multi-stakeholders’ platforms (MSP).


The Call

The goal of this call is to competitively provide support to existing/new innovation Platforms, agribusinesses and other Multi-stakeholders platforms to bring technologies to scale on TAAT commodities value chain.

This call is only suitable for agribusinesses and multi-stakeholder groups working on the TAAT commodities value chain with business considerations, but for financial support you would require cheap short term loans.  This call will prioritize the development and operationalization of business cases on the IP using existing technologies and less on conducting research to develop new technologies. As a result of this call, smaller Innovation platforms or clusters may be requested to consolidate into larger operational platforms.

FARA has some seed funding from the African Development Bank to pilot capacity development support. Furthermore, it proposes to facilitate the development of investment portfolio for consideration at national level through the compilation of the applications to this call. Incremental and phased sub-grant funding and other capacity development support valued up to US $20,000 for a period of two (2) years and are expected to be provided to suitably developed proposals on case by case basis.


For more information and to apply, visit: for further details. 

FARA is the continental apex body for agricultural research and innovation in Africa. Its mission is to contribute to generating high, broad-based and sustainable agricultural growth by catalysing improvements to the productivity and competitiveness of the sector through increased and effective application of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

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