Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: Call for Concept Notes

         The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) Global Programme Food Security (GPFS) is identifying new innovative projects and initiatives that fit into the theme “Reducing food losses through post-harvest management” in Sub-Saharan Africa and are within its strategic framework 2010-2015.

          Among other topics, the proposals should cover Core Issue 5: Linking fragility, vulnerability to food security; Entry Point 1: Address conceptual and knowledge gaps on food security fin fragile and postcrisis situations.

         The project/initiative needs to increase food security (i.e. increased availability of food and improved household incomes) of food insecure smallholders in rural areas, with particular focus on net-deficit grain agricultural producers through reduced post harvest losses at farm and or rural community level.

In a complementary way, the project is expected to:

  • investigate the application of options for improved and affordable techniques and practices that have a potential to be implemented on a large scale; and/or
  • build capacities for cooperative approaches to sound storage and management of harvests and providing opportunities for improved household income of its members; and/or
  • promote the development of private enterprises providing services to farmers and cooperatives related to improved harvest and storage techniques and to aspects that relate to improved access to markets such as market information; and/or
  • promote normative processes and policy dialogue on national and regional levels on both technical and economic harmonization.

Deadline: 4 May 2012

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