The Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace is Launched

The Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace is a multiparty international initiative involving the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank (WB) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC). 

The initiative aims to promote South-South partnerships to enhance agricultural research and development in the African continent, focusing on small holders.  Agricultural innovation will be the major emphasis of this cooperation program and proposals will be accepted in the following thematic areas:

1. Productivity Enhancing Technologies
2. Natural Resource Management Improvement
3. Policy, Institutional and Market Strengthening and Knowledge Management
4. Smallholder and Poverty-Alleviation Targeted Technologies

Individuals representing collaboration between African-based public or private, governmental or non-governmental research and development organizations, and one or more Embrapa research centers can apply to a 2-step process. The call for pre-proposals is open until 15/07/2010 and proponents of selected pre-proposals will be invited to present full proposals to as second stage evaluation.

A steering committee will be in charge of the selection process. Funds for projects will be available up to US$ 80,000 for 2 years. See below the important deadlines:

July 15th, 2010: Call for pre-proposals closes;
July 29th, 2010: Announcement of selected pre-proposals and call for full proposals;
September 2nd , 2010: Deadline for receiving full proposals;
October 6th and 7th, 2010: Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace event, in Brasília, Brazil, and announcement of winners.

Click here for more information on the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace.

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