Food Security Call for Proposals from the EC

In its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the European Commission (EC) has identified agriculture as a critical sector for ensuring food security in developing countries.

The EC has the Agriculture Research for Development (ARD) which is aimed at providing technological, economic and institutional knowledge and innovations contributing to sustainable development.

The EC intends to make investments in the provision of international public goods contributing to food security and in particular in the field of research and technology.

Under the Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) Component Research and Technology of the Global Programme on Agricultural Research for Development (ARD), the EC aims to support projects that demonstrate small farmer innovation for food security leading to economic development in the context of the impact and adaptation of climate change.

To simplify this, the funding would be provided to projects that addressed either the reduction of the degradation of dry land areas, applying of innovating ideas for improved productivity through the use of traditional knowledge and with the participation of smallholder farmers, market-level empowerment of small farmers, reducing of the risks associated with natural disasters for small farmers, ensuring of agriculatural diversification to improve farmer incomes or control “endemic neglected diseases and zooneses” which affect livestock and humans both.

The minimum and maximum amounts for allocating grants are between EUR 1,500,000 and EUR 3,000,000.

Deadline: 6th November

For more information and application, visit: Food Security Call for Proposals from the EC Website

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