AGRA, SIDA sign US$ 10m grant pact to boost Africa-based agricultural entrepreneurs

Posted on | september 29, 2012 | No Comments

Sida logo 2010.jpgThe Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Friday announced a US$10 million grant to support the development of Africa-based innovations to boost African agricultural growth.

The grant, awarded by Sida, will be directly channeled to the African Agribusiness Window of African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), a fund hosted by AGRA. Administered by the AECF, the grant will enable Africa-based entrepreneurs to submit new and innovative business solutions to accelerate the development of the agricultural sector in Africa.

Between 10-12 winners will be selected and provided with funding to develop their ideas into practical projects that are both commercially viable and will have a broad developmental impact on the rural poor. The projects will have a significant focus on the empowerment of women and environmental sustainability.

The grant is part of SIDA’s program area focused on inclusive business and pro-poor economic growth, with investments that must significantly contribute to poverty reduction and rural development. The grant is expected to benefit at least an additional 60,000 households (300,000 people) with extra income, employment, market access and transfer of know-how.

“We know that a more effective and professional agriculture sector can make a real difference for millions of people living in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, “said Henrik Riby, SIDA. “By sharing the financial risks of private investments in agribusiness, we hope to encourage new sustainable ways of raising rural incomes.”

“The African Enterprise Challenge Fund is an important contributor to AGRA’s goals and strategy, and its impact will be enhanced with this grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency,” said Jane Karuku. “These projects benefit millions of Africa’s rural poor in very practical ways such as jobs, increased income, knowledge transfer and market access.”

Henrik Riby, Representative, Sida and Jane Karuku, President of AGRA formalized the agreement this week in a signing ceremony at the African Green Revolution Forum in Arusha.

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