SECOND CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES UNDER CARI MATCHING GRANT FUND EXCLUSIVELY FOR – TANZANIA

THE CALL          
The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) Tanzania wishes to announce its second call for Concept Notes under the CARI Matching Grant Fund (MGF).

The Concept Notes are expected from consortia comprising of private sector and led by rice millers/processors who are willing to work closely with suppliers of inputs, machinery, finance, business development and extension services. A consortium will jointly develop and implement a sub-project that would build sustainable market linkages between smallholder rice farmers and other rice value chain actors.

BACKGROUND 
The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) aims to improve livelihoods of rice farmers in selected countries in Sub-Sahara Africa by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing demand. CARI is being implemented in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania with the target of reaching 120,000 farmers and at least 30% should be female rice producers.

PURPOSE OF THE GRANT 
The Matching Grant Fund (MGF) is used to leverage private sector participation/resources by implementing jointly planned activities and to accelerate the development of the rice industry in the four project countries. The overall aim of the MGF is to accelerate the process of achieving the vision and objectives of the CARI project by interesting private sector to drive the rice value chain in Tanzania. Sub-projects approved under the fund shall result in sustainably increasing income of rice farmers through:

  • Increased productivity and quality of paddy rice and complementary crops.
  • Increased efficiency of local rice sourcing, processing and marketing.
  • Improved access to financial services for all value chain actors.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE FUND 
The fund will co-fund activities and investment undertaken by:

  • Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) – organized agribusinesses i.e. processors, millers, off-takers, seed and input companies, technology service providers etc. that are legally recognized and empowered to enter into binding agreements.
  • Public Sector Institutions (PSIs) – research institutes, ministries, departments and agencies of governments that are legally recognized and empowered to enter into binding agreements.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) / Non State Actors (NSAs) that are legally recognized and empowered to enter into binding agreements.

All partnering entities must have existing operations in Africa in the rice industry at the time of their application and are willing to work with smallholder rice farmers.

MATCHING GRANT LIMIT & OUTREACH 
The maximum grant amount per sub-project shall be fixed at Euro 200,000. The minimum amount of the grant shall be Euro 36,364.

The grants provided shall be matched as follows:

  • For every 1.5 euros invested by the private company, the grant fund will match it with 1 euro up to a maximum of Euro 200,000 of grant per consortium.
  • For every 1 euro invested through public funds (government and its agencies), the grant fund will match it with 1 euro for all public partners applying for the fund, provided grant amount requested is not more than Euro 200,000 per consortium.
  • The contribution of private or public may be in cash or in-kind or both.

Note that Submitted concepts should target a minimum outreach to 5000 rice farmers when requesting for the maximum grant allocation.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE AND CONTACT DETAILS 
To apply, download the Application Form and Matching Grant Fund Guidelines for more information.

Please submit your consortium Concept Note in soft copy latest on Monday 13th of April, 2015 17:00 hours (05:00 PM) East African Time to reach the address below.
 
First floor Plot 1481, Rufiji Street, Masaki, Dar es Salaam Tanzania or
Email: admintz@kilimotrust.org

Successful candidates with innovative business ideas will be shortlisted and invited to develop full proposals.

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About Graduate Farmers

TGFA is a civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors who deal with agriculture and agriculture marketing in general. The major aim of TGFA is to develop, promote, and influence structured business and initiatives that encourages and motivate youth especially graduates to tap in profitable agriculture value chains in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania with defined rules and regulations. TGFA also aimed at bringing dialogues for advocating improvement of the policy and enabling business environment in the country economy, strengthen information dissemination, technology and innovation, agribusiness development skills, business linkages and reduce constraints along the sector value chain. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers.
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