Updated Jan 26, 2019

Promotion of Agribusiness and Innovative Farming in Sierra Leone

Offered by European Commission

This call for proposals aims at establishing effective and efficient partnerships between key actors of development in Sierra Leone including non-state actor, private sector and farmers as well their associations, and cooperative). Building on private sector initiatives this partnership should be tailored and relevant to the challenges faced by a particular agriculture value chain, capitalize from the individual of the partners and achieve economic, social and environmental sustainable growth and creation of decent jobs.
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Open Year RoundDeadline
€400,000 - €5,000,000Amount
Criteria: StageAmount Per Prize
Stage 4€400,000 - €600,000
Stage 5 and 6€2,500,000 - €5,000,000

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented in:
CountrySierra Leone
Focus AreasAgriculture
Priority issues:
1. Understanding and measuring Value Chain performance: The Value Chain (VC) is analysed and understood with due consideration to value creation in the all areas of the market; with consideration to VC actors’ performance and behaviour, relationships between them and finally how the whole VC is governed. VC performance is measured to demonstrate possible areas for improvement.
2. Improvement of Value Chain performance: vision and strategy are developed by VC actors; upgrading / upscaling activities are implemented and strategic multi-actor partnerships are established.
3. Improvement of business services (legal advice, extension, education, research, information) and financial services to VC actors: investment and service delivery are improved and competitive.
Proposals must address all Priority Issues.

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
- be a legal person and
- be a specific type of organisation such as: Non-Governmental Organisation, Rrivate Sector Organisation, Farmer Organisations & Cooperatives, Community Based Organisations, , private legal entities and international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 43 of the rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation and
-be established ina Member State of the European Union or be in compliance with the rules on nationality and origin as defined in Article 20 of Annex IV to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement. For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU duringthe grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 12.2 of the General Conditions to the grant agreement. This obligation does not apply to international organisations and
-be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
- (for lead applicant only) have sufficient technical capacity demonstrated by:
(a) a minimum of five years' experience related to the types of action and activities eligible under this call (see 2.1.4) and in the thematic area of the grant requested and
(b) have been active in the past five years in at least three districts in Sierra Leone

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries
Target groups:
- Small and medium-scale farmers (actual & potential) and out-growers in specific value chains.
- Sector (producer, industry) associations, farmer unions, public and private institutions.
- Private sector such as agro-aggregators, processors, manufacturers, distributors as well as retailers (e.g. butchery, supermarkets, exporters) in specific value chains.
- Service (insurance, extension, finance, etc.) providers and inputs suppliers in the specific value chain(s).
Planned Usage of FundsPartnerships with the private sector have to be based on cost effectiveness, shared interest and mutual accountability for results. The risks, costs and rewards of a joint project have to be shared fairly
Financial Statements
(For lead applicant) have stable and sufficient sources of financing demonstrated
(a) for a private entity through having a total turnover of the past five years (2014, 2015,2016,2017,2018) of not less than 50% of the grant requested or
(b) for all other entities by having managed resources during the past five years (2014, 2015,2016,2017,2018) of not less than 50% of the grant requested

Application Directions

See attachment for additional details.

The concept note together with its relating checklist and declaration by the lead applicant (to be found in Part A Sections 2 and 3 of the grant application form) must be submitted in one original and three copies in A4 size, each bound. An electronic version of the concept note must also be submitted. A CD-Rom or USB stick with the concept note in electronic format will be included, along with the paper version, in a sealed envelope as described below. The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.

The envelope must bear the reference number and the title of the call for proposals, together with the lot number and title, the full name and address of the lead applicant, and the words ‘Not to be opened before the opening session’.


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