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Public Private Partnerships to Address Emerging Threats to Smallholder Farmer Food Security

Posted By Mark Sevier, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Background: Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative. The goal of this announcement is to develop public private partnerships to support smallholder farmers and complement the U.S Government Global Food Security Strategy[1] by directly engaging with the private sector to empower farmers with the tools and technologies they need to face the wide range of emerging threats and shocks in smallholder agriculture. These threats and shocks include fall army worm[2], coffee rust, and other plant and animal pest or disease issues, as well as drought, other natural hazards, and weather-related issues that impact food production and security. Helping smallholders access capital and resources, build assets, and manage risk are important strategies to prepare for and recover from these threats and shocks. Through these activities and investments, private sector agribusinesses will target smallholder customers with proven solutions to these emerging threats, thereby improving smallholder production and regional food security, while also establishing profitable product lines and expanding market opportunities for sustainable business growth. Additionally, Partnering for Innovation and USAID will help private sector partners assess and improve adaptability and responsiveness within their own business models, distribution channels, and inventorying systems to build their capacity to better help farmers proactively reduce and manage risk and recover from shocks and stresses. The full solicitation is posted here.

Funding Opportunity: Overall funding from Partnering for Innovation for this solicitation is up to $3 million with up to five partnerships anticipated.

Deadline for questions:  Deadline is September 14, 2018 by 11:59 pm EDT; answers will be posted to the funding page.

Deadline for submission: October 3, 2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. To complete the application, please use the budget template and budget costs notes posted to the funding page.

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