Updated Jan 07, 2021CLOSED
Offered by U.S. Agency for International Development
The USAID-funded Trade Hub activity is a five-year trade and investment facilitation interventions that seek to improve private sector competitiveness in West Africa. By coinvesting with the private sector and other organizations thanks to its contribution of $60 million, the Trade Hub will encourage private-sector investment and, growth in strategic sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, services, water/sanitation, and light manufacturing.
Under this Notice of funding opportunity, the Trade Hub is soliciting applications from private sector companies, non-governmental organizations, and public organizations who have proven and marketable technologies and innovations to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity and livelihoods in Nigeria.
The primary objective is to increase agricultural productivity and profitability through targeted interventions that will scale up the production, dissemination, distribution, and marketing of new agricultural technologies and improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers. The Research and Development (R&D) interventions also aim to meet global challenges of (i) producing more food with less land and water, (ii) improving nutrition, and (iii) helping farmers adapt to climate change.
|Focus Areas||Economic Growth and Trade|
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
The Trade Hub aims to co-invest in proven technologies and innovations on a grant matching
principle with local/international public and private sector actors, and research institutions that promote smallholder farmer productivity and incomes as mentioned in section 2 of this APS.
Eligible organizations with R&D initiatives that engage in smallholder-productivity improvements or processing, and which align with Trade Hub’s targeted value chains and regions are invited to submit concept notes to support the piloting and the scaling of their proven technologies and innovations.
A general eligibility requirement is that the proposed projects and activities must provide at least a 1:1 cost share/leverage ratio. This may be funded through private financing, which can include equity capital (internal or external), and/or debt capital from banking and other financial institutions or paired with foundation or donor funding for research purposes. Further, the Trade Hub will prioritize the innovative ideas that exceed the one-to-one matching fund requirement governing the grant partnership as well as activities that have potential to engage women and youth.