Call for proposals: IFAD grant financing to implement a project on "Delivering Extension Services to the Last-Mile: Improving smallholders' access to innovation and pluralistic, demand-driven extension services"

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Call for proposals: IFAD grant financing to implement a project on "Delivering Extension Services to the Last-Mile: Improving smallholders' access to innovation and pluralistic, demand-driven extension services"

Extension workers advise rural women on health and hygiene practises in the village of Djebonoua, 25 km south of Bouaké ©IFAD/Christine Nesbitt

This call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on ‘Delivering Extension Services to the Last-Mile: Improving smallholders' access to innovation and pluralistic, demand-driven extension services’ .

Deadline for submission is Monday 25 June 2018 at 15:00 Hours CEST.

All proposals and communications can be submitted to Mr Tom Anyonge (t.anyonge@ifad.org), with copy to Ms Francesca R. Borgia (f.borgia@ifad.org), Ms Laura Sollazzo (l.sollazzo@ifad.org) and Ms Ximena Novoa Cleves (x.novoacleves@ifad.org).

Queries can be submitted before 11 June 2018. Queries will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, however all questions and answers will be shared with all applicants in the Frequently Asked Questions  on this Webpage on 12 June 2018. We encourage all applicants to check the FAQ document regularly.

Interested institutions are requested to confirm by e-mail their intention to submit a proposal by 15 June 2018.

IFAD’s goal is to empower poor rural women , men and young people in developing countries to improve their incomes and food security. To do this, IFAD has invested millions of US Dollars to mobilize and strengthen smallholder organizations to enable them achieve economies of scale to demand for rural goods and services. The increasing demand  of these actors for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) has not been fully matched by government and private-sector investments in the delivery systems of AEAS. 

The grant will fund proposed support to responds to IFAD’s pursuit of value added to its investments in developing countries aimed at:

  • addressing nutrition needs;
  • promoting market-driven, climate resilient smallholder agricultural/livestock production;
  • encouraging effective business processes - including close public/private partnerships; and improving country policy dialogue on delivery of pluralistic, demand-driven AEAS.

The proposed project will last five years and will be implemented in all IFAD Regions (Asia and the Pacific; East and Southern Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; Near East, North Africa and Europe and West and Central Africa) with 50 per cent of activities and funds focussed on the African continent.

All eligible institutions are being invited to develop a proposal based on the background and guidance detailed in the Invitation to Bid Document.

You may find the Ms Word versions of Appendices A, B1, B2 and Annexes in the list of documents that can be downloaded for your ease of reference. Kindly use those templates to prepare your proposal.