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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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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.

Legally registered Ethiopian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with activities that benefit the economic and market development of Afar, Oromiya and Somali regions, and that require funding for fixed assets, training, marketing, technical assistance or other one-off expenses are eligible to apply.
Illustrative ventures may include enterprises that focus on;
  • 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..


LMD Innovation and Investment Partnership Grants - Request for Applications

CNFA, a U.S. based non-profit organization, in coordination with a consortium of international and national partners, is currently implementing a five year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) activity. Started in September 2012, the activity aims to foster growth and reduce poverty through improving the productivity and competitiveness of the livestock sector. The activity operates in AGP targeted woredas of Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, and SNNP regions.

AGP-LMD is seeking applications as part of its overall objective to stimulate investment and innovation by focusing on improving productivity and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains: meat/live animal and dairy. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and U.S. Government regulations governing grants under contract and AGP-LMD’s internal grant management policies.

Partnering for Innovation and Investment aims to solve key constraints in the livestock industry through the adoption of productivity enhancing technologies, market infrastructure, and institutional innovations to change the way smallholder farmers do business and increase job creation.

AGP-LMD is seeking innovations that have a significant potential to impact incomes and improve the overall quality of life of smallholder farm households. This RFA targets three main themes which are:

Livestock Enterprise Development: Export abattoirs, milk processing, business hub development, quality control initiatives, commercial farming, privatized slaughterhouses and artificial insemination service providers, agrodealers, and associations that provide services to livestock enterprises.

Strengthening Women in Livestock: Increasing the capacity of women livestock entrepreneurs, existing businesses, and/or women’s groups.

Strengthening Livestock Cooperatives and Unions: Capacity building for cooperatives and unions to improve member services and increase their role throughout livestock value chains.

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The Innovation Fund for Ethiopia Agriculture (IFEA)

USAID Ethiopia’s Office of Economic Growth and Transformation (EG&T) invites the submission of concept papers from local organizations related to the Mission’s efforts on Food Security and Nutrition under the Feed the Future Strategy. Specifically, innovative projects are sought, linking activities in the agriculture and health sectors in order to reduce food security and malnutrition. These projects should demonstrate new approaches to agriculture and nutrition linkages and help create households that are food secure, meaning the ability to reliably gain access to food in sufficient quantity and quality for all household members ( in particular pregnant and lactating women and children through two years of age) to enjoy a healthy and active life as well as nutrition secure which is achieved when secure access to food is coupled with a sanitary environment, adequate health services, and knowledgeable care to ensure a healthy and active life for all household members.” In addition, activities will focus on resilience which is defined as “the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.”

The goal of this Annual Program Statement (APS) is to assist households that are chronically food insecure and /or suffer from poor nutrition status to participate in activities that will lead to food and nutrition security. Projects funded are required to put forward a testable hypothesis with regards to which approaches to linking agriculture and nutrition are likely to produce positive impacts on food security and nutritional status of beneficiaries. This hypothesis should then be tested through project implementation, complemented by a strong monitoring and evaluation and documentation of results in order to improve knowledge and learning on the issue. Three awards are expected to be made and at least one award will be granted for activities focused on the pastoralist areas.

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Last updated: April 16, 2014

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