A call for proposals to support post-COVID-19 food security and resilience through South-South and Triangular Cooperation to be launched on 28 August
20 August 2020
The China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Facility will launch a call for proposals on 28 August to generate and exchange innovative solutions to help national governments respond to, and recover from, the impacts of COVID-19 on food security.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a considerable toll on the livelihoods and food security of rural people. Food production is at risk due to disrupted access to inputs, labour, services and markets. Meanwhile food trade and distribution networks may become seriously compromised as a result of volatile global commodity markets, trade and border policies, movement restrictions and market closures.
The 2020 Report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI) estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic may add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world.
IFAD has been among the first to respond to this challenge. In April 2020, it launched the multi-donor Rural Poor Stimulus Facility, a rapid-response fund to improve the resilience of rural livelihoods to the crisis, with an initial allocation of $40 million, and the goal to raise an additional $200 million. IFAD has also repurposed $100 million of ongoing investments in over 100 projects in 65 countries.
Given the magnitude of the challenge presented by this pandemic, the China-IFAD SSTC Facility will also contribute to IFAD’s global response to COVID-19 by designating remaining funds to support national governments to build back better, more resilient societies. The Facility’s third call for proposals will therefore support the generation and exchange of innovative solutions, approaches and methodologies that can be of value in the post-COVID-19 recovery period.
To build long-term resilience, the Facility will select projects that can be subsequently scaled up, and benefit a wider population of poor rural people, especially those from the most affected countries.
The following thematic areas will be considered for funding:
- Strengthening the capacities of small-scale farmers and their organizations to enhance resilience against disasters. This includes establishing fast-maturing alternative agricultural and rural enterprises, and maintaining and producing sufficient, high-quality yields.
- Facilitating poor producers’ access to markets, including safe and hygienic transport, and working to ensure markets remain open and that demand remains high.
- Delivering up-to-date agriculture-related information to small-scale rural producers on production, weather, market prices and other important areas through digital services.
- Building trade capacities through technologies and services that enable small-scale producers to meet quality and hygiene standards of overseas markets.
The call will be launched on 28 August 2020 and will place a high priority on national ownership and leadership, development of local capacity and inclusive participation. Proposals for funding are expected to emerge from the dialogue with national governments or local counterparts, and to reflect the priorities of the COVID-19 response package of national governments.
The China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Facility was established in February 2018, with the objective of alleviating rural poverty, enhancing rural productivity, advancing rural transformation and promoting investments among developing countries.
The projects funded under the first two calls for proposals deploy South-South cooperation as an important instrument to promote rural transformation and enhance food security, over a broad range of thematic areas, such as value chain enhancement, aquaculture productivity improvement, climate-smart business models, rural employment for youth, nutrition improvement, rural investment promotion, and more. In the past two years, the Facility has approved 15 projects for a total of $6.7 million.