WASHINGTON, July 31, 2023Ěýâ€“ĚýGlobal Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)Ěýsuccessfully concluded its Seventh Call for Proposals, announcing new funding of $33.93 million for 15 Producer Organizations (POs) in thirteen low-income countries. The financing will help strengthen these producer organizations as key economic players in agriculture value chains while enhancing livelihood opportunities for their members through capacity building and increased access to investment support, markets, and technology.
These 15 projects align with the GAFSP Steering Committeeâ€™s priority of addressing global food security challenges, promoting collaboration among development partners, and improving preparedness to effectively respond to future crises. Project grants were awarded to the following organizations: Ěý
- Sara Bangla Krishak Society (·¬ÇŃÉçÇř)
- Conseil National de Concertation des producteurs Ruraux du Tchad (Chad)
- FĂ©dĂ©ration des Organisations Paysannes MaraichĂ¨res de la Basse GuinĂ©e (Guinea)
- Kyrgyz Association of Forest and Land Users (Kyrgyzstan)
- Agricultural Cooperative Mol Tushum (Kyrgyzstan)Ěý
- Lao Farmerâ€™s Network (Lao)
- Nepal Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation limited (Nepal)
- Cooperativa de Servicios MĂşltiples â€ś20 de abrilâ€ť (Nicaragua)
- FundaciĂłn Aldea (Nicaragua)
- Coordination Nationale de la Plateforme Paysanne du Niger Niger)
- Farm Workers Trade Union - INGABO Syndicate (Rwanda)
- Samoa Federated Farmers Incorporated (Samoa)
- Sariiraale farmersâ€™ cooperatives society (Somalia)
- Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (Tanzania)
- Coordination Togolaise des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs Agricole (Togo)
Through demand-driven and bottom-up approaches, GAFSP supports producer-led projects implemented directly by the organizations themselves, with the assistance of their chosen development partnerâ€”African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Bank, or the World Food Programme.
â€śSmall farmers, as the first private sector of the rural world, play a vital role in employment, job creation, and investment in rural communities. They face significant challenges and risks, particularly in low-income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. To support and strengthen this sector, a smallholder-centered approach is necessary, ensuring they have access to resources, credit, technology, and market opportunities,â€ťĚýsaidĚýMr. Mamadou Cissokho, honorary Chairman of the rĂ©seau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs de lâ€™Afrique de lâ€™Ouest (ROPPA).
The Call for Proposals attracted significant interest, with more than $100 million in proposals being received from more than forty organizations, highlighting the high demand for GAFSP financing and needs in low-income countries for support to help local and regional value chains respond to the current food security crisis. Proposals were selected through a transparent and competitive process, informed by recommendations from an independent review team composed of global agriculture and value chain experts.Ěý
Project proposals were required to 1) scale up an existing producer organization activities; 2) include activities aimed at strengthening the producer organizationâ€™s ability to improve the livelihoods and resilience of its membership of smallholder farmers and 3) be led by a producer organization with demonstrated.
â€śWith over 800 million people experiencing food insecurity, now is the time to step up our support for smallholder farmers, who supply the worldâ€™s food. GAFSP is ideally placed to facilitate this by enabling smallholder producer organizations in low-income countries to partner with multilateral development banks and UN agencies to strengthen food security in vulnerable communities,â€ťĚýsaidĚýMr. Hong Won Yu, Director of Food Security at Global Affairs Canada.
The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)Ěýis a multilateral financing platform dedicated to improving food and nutrition security worldwide. Launched by the G20 in the wake of the 2007â€“08 food price crisis, GAFSP works to build sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems in the worldâ€™s poorest and most vulnerable countries. Since its inception in 2010, the Program has mobilized more than US$2 billion in donor funds to reach more than 16.6 million people. GAFSP provides financial and technical resourcesâ€”investment grants, technical assistance, concessional finance, and advisory servicesâ€”to demand-driven projects along the food chain, from farm to table. GAFSPâ€™sĚýinclusive governance is comprised of donors, recipient countries, civil society organizations, and multilateral development agencies.Ěý