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USAID Ethiopia is committed to an evolving model of partnership with those we serve. We recognize that sustainable solutions for global challenges are a joint effort with Ethiopia, partners of all sizes, citizens, and the wider development community.
We're passionate about challenging conventional wisdom to create new ways to work directly with local entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and partner country governments.
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The Innovation Fund for Improving Food Security in Ethiopia (IFSE)
USAID would like to partner with the private sector, education and research institutions (and organizations working with them) toward improving food security in Ethiopia. This initiative will be used to identify and test innovations that produce cost effective and scalable solutions to addressing the problems Ethiopian households face with regards to food insecurity. The overall objective of this effort is to find ways to accelerate and reduce food insecurity and malnutrition across Ethiopia. This APS is USAID Ethiopia’s invitation to the private sector and research institutions, both internationally as well as locally, to work together towards finding solutions that improve the lives of chronically food insecure people. Any private sector or research institutions that are interested in collaborating with USAID in this area should read this APS in its entirety and submit a concept note to USAID/Ethiopia by the closing date of September 15, 2014. Click here for more information.
PRIME Innovation and Investment Fund Grants - Request for Applications
PRIME is a 5-year, $52 million USAID-funded project designed to increase household incomes and enhance resilience to climate change through market linkages in Ethiopia's dryland areas. Intermediate Results under the PRIME project include: increased livestock productivity; increased capacity of communities to respond to climate change; improved access to alternative livelihoods; improved nutritional outcomes; and improved knowledge management and learning for pastoralist issues. PRIME’s Innovation and Investment Fund (IIF) is a program facility that is designed to strengthen the resiliency of Ethiopia’s pastoralist areas by providing financial and technical assistance to private companies and other organizations that participate in the value chains and markets important for the pastoralist areas.
The objective of this RFA is to encourage and invite eligible applicants with innovative ideas and new approaches to enhance competitiveness, profitability and sustainability in the livestock sector, support activities which help communities understand and cope with climate change, and work along institutions that are focusing on building capacity through essential skill transfer and entrepreneurship in the pastoral community.
PRIME Innovation and Investment Fund - Annual Program Statement
PRIME is a 5-year USD 52 million USAID-funded program designed to increase household incomes and enhance resilience to climate change through market linkages in Ethiopia's dryland areas. Intermediate Results under the PRIME project include: increased livestock productivity; increased capacity of communities to respond to climate change; improved access to alternative livelihoods; improved nutritional outcomes; and improved knowledge management and learning for pastoralist issues.
- Improving access to and availability of quality livestock inputs, including feed and fodder
- Improving animal health services,
- Improving meat and live animals trade,
- Strengthening the dairy value chain.
- Essential skills transfer for youth and entrepreneurs,
- Strengthening Poultry value chain
- Efficient and renewable energy technology
In addition to SMEs, financial institutions, private equity and business advisory firms, research institutes and other not-for-profit entities can apply for support of IIF under identical conditions as SMEs and for support of projects that have and objectives for economic and market development of Afar, Oromiya and Somali regions.
Last updated: August 13, 2014