Updated Nov 23, 2017CLOSED

Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) Irrigation Window

Offered by United Nations Development Programme and Department for International Development as part of Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund

The MICF Irrigation Window aims to introduce new initiatives that deliver new products, services and business models that link smallholder producers to markets by increasing the production of crops under irrigation, leading to viable self-financed cultivation of irrigated crops.
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CLOSEDNov 03, 2017Deadline
$100,000 - $500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
Focus AreasAgriculture Water Management (Agriculture)
Cultivation & Tools (Agriculture)
Bids must be led by private sector firms including: a private for-profit company, joint ventures, partnership, cooperative, sole trader, etc. Only in exceptional cases will MICF consider new businesses (start-ups).

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesSmallholder producers.
Planned Usage of FundsThe funding request must be for a specific, new and innovative business idea in the irrigation sector. The MICF views innovation in its broadest sense including: i) a new approach, product, idea or service that has not been tested anywhere; ii) an approach, product, idea or service that is new to Malawi; or iii) an approach, product, idea or service that has not been applied to the sector in question in Malawi.
Financial StatementsApplicant provides matching funds of at least 50% of the total cost of the business idea i.e. at least as much as the funds requested from the MICF.
OtherThe project must demonstrate that the activities that will be funded by the MICF will be additional to the company’s existing activities and that the project would not go ahead without MICF funding.

Application Directions

If you think that you have a good idea that responds to the challenges that are currently open to receive applications, please submit a short concept note application form to us. The concept note forms can be downloaded from our website or alternatively they are available upon request from the MICF offices in either Lilongwe or Blantyre.

Application And Awards Process

Step 1: Project Concept Note

You can print out and send the completed Concept Note to us, by courier to:

Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund

11 Jacaranda Avenue, Mandala Road

P.O. Box 2873 Blantyre, Malawi

REF: Irrigation Window

Alternatively, you can send the completed Concept Note, by email attachment, to us at: info@micf.mw

Step 2: Invitation For Proposals Submission

Step 3: Contract with MICF


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