Africa Agri-Food Development Program

Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) 2022

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) supports and enables Irish companies to realise their ambition of doing business in Africa. It has proven the catalyst that enables Irish businesses to explore and seize exciting opportunities to bring their expertise to Africa – to develop new markets and to contribute to a programme of mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

Through matched grant funding the programme offers Irish agri-businesses of all sizes an invaluable opportunity to develop and harness the potential from innovative partnerships with companies in sub-Saharan African countries.

It enables businesses to manage their financial risk and to use their expertise and resources to work on projects jointly that will deliver a strong and positive impact.

The AADP, which opens every 6 months for funding applications to support projects and feasibility studies, enables Ireland’s agri-food sector to contribute to the shared Sustainable Development Goals that aim to tackle poverty and hunger, fight inequality and make real and sustainable changes that better the lives of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

How The Program Works

The Programme provides grant funding of up to 50% of total project costs to Irish-registered agri-food companies who seek to conduct feasibility studies or full agri-food commercial projects with African partners. Funding is capped at €100,000 for feasibility studies and €250,000 for full projects.

The AADP requires that any investment of public funds will be at least matched by co-funding from the private sector. The AADP aims to serve as a catalyst for far greater private sector investment, which will deliver significant development impact and develop meaningful partnerships between Irish agri-food companies and locally owned and operated African companies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • all proposed projects must be commercial in nature and focus and must contribute strongly to the sustainable development of the food system within the African country(ies) selected
  • all applicants must be agri-food companies that have been registered/incorporated in Ireland at least 12 months prior to the AADP application period commencing
  • along with the relevant application form, all AADP applicants must provide:

– at least one year of audited accounts

– company and tax information

– an account of project-related “flow of funds”

– any background contracts and Memoranda of Understanding

– any further documentation found to be relevant and agreed with partners

– the partners involved for ‘full projects’ must include at least 1 Irish registered agri-food company and 1 local commercial entity in Africa

successful AADP funding applicants will be encouraged to engage with Irish and other national and international NGOs where possible on various aspects of the projects(for example: project design, community engagement and mobilisation, training and extension)

Projects will be supported in the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Cóte d’Ivoire
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Program Funding

  • Funding can only be awarded to Irish-registered agri-food companies
  • AADP funds must be allocated in a manner that shows a direct line between the services and activities supported and the programme’s core objectives
  • AADP funding is up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a full project and €100,000 for a feasibility study
  • AADP funding will not exceed 50% of the total costs of the project – companies must contribute at least 50% of the overall costs

How To Apply

Deadline April 30th 2022

For More Info visit AADP Official Website

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