This call will support cutting edge applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure and poor in eligible eastern and southern African countries. All projects require a sound environmental impact assessment, the consideration of social and gender issues, and an applicability to smallholder farmers. The projects should address real practical development challenges and research needs of the 10 developing countries.
The fund will focus on issues under four key research areas aligned to regional priorities as stated in the Malabo declaration:
i. Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses;
ii. Improved gender equity;
iii. Nutrition and human health; and
iv. Climate change and sustainable water management.
Of special interest is supporting innovative research with the potential for breakthrough results that can be effectively scaled-up and easily adopted by smallholder farmers, food processors, post-harvest handlers, and other value chain actors to improve food and nutrition security and achieve gender equality.
Deadline – 1st March 2018