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Now Open: Africa Agri-Food Development Programme 2022/2023 for agri-food companies in Africa

Application Deadline: April 30th 2022

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) supports and enables Irish companies to realise their ambition of doing business in Africa. It has proven the catalyst that enables Irish businesses to explore and seize exciting opportunities to bring their expertise to Africa – to develop new markets and to contribute to a programme of mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

Through matched grant funding the programme offers Irish agri-businesses of all sizes an invaluable opportunity to develop and harness the potential from innovative partnerships with companies in sub-Saharan African countries.

It enables businesses to manage their financial risk and to use their expertise and resources to work on projects jointly that will deliver a strong and positive impact.

The AADP, which opens every 6 months for funding applications to support projects and feasibility studies, enables Ireland’s agri-food sector to contribute to the shared Sustainable Development Goals that aim to tackle poverty and hunger, fight inequality and make real and sustainable changes that better the lives of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Eligbility Requirements

  • all proposed projects must be commercial in nature and focus and must contribute strongly to the sustainable development of the food system within the African country(ies) selected
  • all applicants must be agri-food companies that have been registered/incorporated in Ireland at least 12 months prior to the AADP application period commencing
  • along with the relevant application form, all AADP applicants must provide:
  • – at least one year of audited accounts
  • – company and tax information
  • – an account of project-related “flow of funds”
  • – any background contracts and Memoranda of Understanding
  • – any further documentation found to be relevant and agreed with partners
  • – the partners involved for ‘full projects’ must include at least 1 Irish registered agri-food company and 1 local commercial entity in Africa
  • all applicants for ‘full projects’ must be able to demonstrate that they have at least 3 years of experience within their team in the relevant agri-food sector and development context
  • the application must clearly outline how these 2 distinct companies will enter an equitable and ethical partnership
  • if an applicant company proposes to undertake a feasibility study, it should include a list of any potential partners within the application

Projects will be supported in the following countries

  • Botswana
  • Cóte d’Ivoire
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

The AADP opens for applications every 6 months. Submissions can only be accepted through the official AADP application forms.

To request an Application Form for a Full Project or Feasibility Study please email: with the subject line ‘Application Form Request’.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa Agri-Food Development Programme 2022/2023

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