Food, they say is the basic need of life. Searching for a grant can be very exhausting. The most frustrating part is almost at the end of the registration, you get to find out you’re not qualified for a very flimsy reason. Not to worry, this post basically narrows your search range and exposes you to agriculture grants within your reach. Also, you will be able to get first-hand information concerning the opening and closing dates.
So, to get that business plan or proposal funded, you would need to search for grants in the right niche.
For instance, for an agriculture-based business idea or innovation, you need to search for Agriculture grants -e.g. the IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
List of Agricultural Grants
Listed below are five top agricultural grants in 2020.
1. Common Fund for Commodities
The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is a financial institution that provides agricultural grants to diversify and improve the production of commodities globally.
Furthermore, the CFC aims to alleviate poverty mainly in developing countries through strategic projects. These developing countries however include:
- Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Samoa, Thailand.
- East Asia: China, North Korea
- South Asia: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh.
- Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan
- Eastern Europe and Russia: Russia
- The Middle East and North Africa: Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Swaziland, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Angola, Tanzania, Togo, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Congo, Dem Rep of Congo, Djibouti, Botswana, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Malawi, Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome, and Principe
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago
Also, this agricultural grant covers a wide range of commodities – with 80% in the agricultural sector and a few others in minerals. Click here for details about the program
CFC’s applications come in two stages. The first comprising of the submission of detailed proposals and applications. Then after a thorough screening by CFC, successful applicants make it to the next stage.
The Common Fund for Commodities applications is closed.
In addition, the 16th Call for Proposals was closed on the 15th of April 2020.
However, the 17th Call for Proposals will be announced shortly. Click here for details and instructions.
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2. International Fund for Agricultural Development
The International Fund for Agricultural development is a financial agency under the umbrella of the United Nations.
The IFAD provides agriculture grants mainly for capacity development and research in natural resources and related programs to tackle poverty in rural areas. Also, they organize these grants at different levels ranging from the national level to the global level.
Furthermore, asides agricultural grants, the International Fund for Agricultural development also provides low-interest loans to aid the poor agricultural infrastructure and manage natural resources in developing countries. These loans are only accessible to IFAD’s member states on terms and conditions based on their financial strengths. So indirectly only agricultural organizations within these member states are eligible.
So, eligibility for this grants starts with member countries which include:
- Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Thailand, Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Tonga, Philippines, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Vietnam
- East Asia: Mongolia, China, North Korea
- South Asia: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh.
- Eurasia and Central Asia: Georgia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey
- Eastern Europe and Russia: Moldova, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
- The Middle East and North Africa: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Oman, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Djibouti, Ghana, Togo, Gambia, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Malawi, Comoros, Somalia, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Benin, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Sudan, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Dem Rep of Congo, Seychelles, South Africa, Cape Verde, South Sudan, Swaziland, Chad, Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Zimbabwe
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti, Antigua, and Barbuda, Paraguay, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Cuba, Dominica, Mexico, Ecuador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Belize, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic
Also, the International Fund for Agricultural development manages a variety of grants which are divided into large and small grants.
- The large grants support international agricultural research and other international efforts for rural development at regional levels. However, these grants are within the range of US$500,000 to US$2 million.
- On the other hand, smaller grants cover capacity building, knowledge networks, rural innovations, and policy advocacy. (<US$500,000)
International Fund for Agricultural Development announces calls for proposals when funding is available. Click here for updates and application process.
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3. Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (Fondo Regional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, FONTAGRO)
The Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology is a platform that promotes research and technological innovations in the agricultural sector by providing agriculture grants. But this grant is only accessible by the Latin Americans and Caribbean.
Furthermore, FONTAGRO is a collaboration between the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation. These two, however, provide administrative and legal resources.
Although focus areas of this agriculture grant include research in:
- Agricultural productivity
- Innovations in agri-food chains
- Agricultural policies
- Institutional strengthening
- Agricultural competitiveness
- Natural resources
However, there are also little diversions into natural and environmental resources-based projects. Plus funding from this grant is usually within the range of US$100,000 to US$500,000 for projects of up to four years.
For the most part, recipients of FONTAGRO are usually national agricultural research organizations of its member states, collaborating with partners at Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), national universities and research institutes, and others.
Conversely, these member countries include:
Latin America and Caribbean: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Note: Spain is also a member country.
FONTAGRO’s website announces calls for proposals, terms of reference, application guidelines, selection criteria, application forms, budget forms, and calendar deadlines.
4. Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a movement that provides funding for agricultural research, capacity building, and field projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. AGRA aims at providing agriculture grants to improve small-scale agriculture.
Furthermore, AGRA was founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation. However, funding occasionally comes in from African national governments, foundations, financial institutions, companies, and so on.
Though, the focus areas of the AGRA program include:
- Agricultural development and research
- Enhanced agricultural seed
- Soil health and fertility
- Improved markets
- Strengthened agricultural policies
- Unwavering Support from farmers organization
- Innovative financing
But while funds disbursed by AGRA are not fixed, a more substantial part of these grants are usually within the range of US$100,000 and over a million dollars.
African agencies, institutes for agricultural research, private African seed companies/universities, and research institutes are significant beneficiaries of this agriculture grant.
In other words, to receive any form of consideration, you must fall within these categories.
For more details on eligibility, click here.
Competitive grantmaking has been ruled out by AGRA. However, they occasionally fund proposals after occasional calls for proposals. How to Apply
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5. Nestle Foundation
The Nestle foundation focuses on providing agriculture grants for research in the following areas:
- Child and Maternal nutrition
- Agricultural development (especially in areas like food policies, food production, and food technology)
- Macro and Micro-nutrient deficiency
- Nutrient imbalances
- Interactions between infection and nutrition
- Promotion of nutritional education and health.
Also, the foundation supports research proposals that are beneficial to developing-countries.
Types of Nestle Agricultural Grants
- Training Grants (which disburses US$20,000 for one or two years)
- Pilot Grants (which disburses US$20,000 for one or two years)
- Small Research Grants (which disburses US$50,000)
- Large Research Grants (which disburses US$100,000 per year for up to three years)
- Re-entry Grants (which disburses US$50,000 for up to three years)
The grant-making process of this agriculture grant is in two stages. Firstly, the initial stage involves the submission of Letters of Intent (LOI).
Secondly, these letters are reviewed, and successful applicants are invited to submit detailed proposals.
However, full guidelines for the submission of LOIs are outlined in the Official website.
There are no fixed deadlines for the submission of Letters of Intent. It can be submitted at any time of the year.
But for more information on DECISION ANNOUNCEMENTS and GRANT STARTING DATES, Click here.