Expired: Request For Concept Note Under The Project Entitled: Improved Delivery Of Seed And Soil Technologies In Ethiopia, Malawi And Mozambique


EXPIRATION DATE:   2 February 2018; 5 pm (local time).


Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

AGRA and the International Fund for International Development (IFAD) have partnered to address the challenge of linking new crop varieties and improved soil fertility management research outputs to smallholder beneficiaries of IFAD-supported projects in Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique. To support this strategic partnership, AGRA and IFAD country teams and Project Coordination Units (PCUs) of IFAD-financed loan programs are seeking to strengthen capacities of National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs) and rural agro-dealers to enhance the outcomes of the IFAD-supported projects. Specifically, in the areas of: (i) promotion and dissemination of improved seed and soil fertility technologies, and (ii) generation, documentation and sharing of knowledge.

AGRA is seeking concept notes from NARIs and highly skilled agro-dealers and related organizations to implement interventions that are detailed in section II.


Specific interventions for the three countries of interest are detailed below:

Country Proposed interventions
Malawi Strengthening seed and other farm inputs distribution system (One grant)

·       Map existing agro-dealers and assess their capacities in Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Balaka, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota and Chitipa districts, train them in creating mass awareness on improved varieties, fertilizers and good agricultural practices (GAPs), conduct demos in all districts, create linkage with seed companies. Training will also include increasing agro-dealers working capitals through linkages with financing institutions.

Improving quality of seed production (One grant)

·       Support the production of early generation seeds particularly legumes.

·       Train community seed grower groups to produce certified seeds and link them with private seed companies. The training should include certified seed production and business skill development

Ethiopia Production of early generation seeds (One Grant)

·       Support NARIs in the production of private sector demanded early generation seeds (including wheat and teff) and develop commercial linkages with seed suppliers.

·       Develop a system for, and conduct an assessment of demand for early generation seed and linkage to public and private seed producers.

Strengthening seed and other farm inputs distribution system (One grant)

·       Map agro-dealers (direct seed marketers and one-stop shops) in project sites (Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and SNNP regions) and assess their capacities and provide the necessary capacity building activities. Train agro-dealers in creating mass awareness on improved varieties, blended fertilizers and GAPs using demos, create linkages with seed companies and Farmer Training Centres.

Mozambique Building capacity in tissue culture techniques of cassava planting materials (One grant)

·       Train NARIs (including laboratory and field technician) on hardening of cassava plantlets and increase multiplication capacity of the tissue culture laboratory in Maputo.

Building capacity of commercial and emergent farmers on technical production aspects of cassava (One grant)

·       Build capacities of public and private extension providers using Mozambique’s Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) research outputs on good agricultural practices. The training will include all aspects of the value chain, from seed and soil fertility management, to postharvest handling, storage, marketing, and accessing rural finance. Based on this training conduct awareness creation activities on new varieties and use of fertilizers on cassava through establishment and management of demonstrations in Maputo and Limpopo Corridors.

Funding requests must not exceed $150,000 for NARIs and $75,000 for agro-dealers and can be for a period of 12 to 24 months.


Interested institutions/organizations must meet the following eligible requirements:

  1. Grantees must be operational in the country for which they are seeking funding.
  2. The organization’s primary business activity must be in the stated country
  3. The organization’s registration must be current.
  4. The organization must be in a sound financial condition.
  5. The organization must have sufficient existing capability/capacity to perform the proposed work. AGRA may consider limited financial assistance to fund capacity building only if the concept note is determined to be of interest to AGRA.
  6. The organization must have a demonstrated excellent past performance record.
  7. The organization must have accounting systems acceptable to AGRA and corporate integrity/ethics.
  8. The organization must not be excluded from the eligibility to receive AGRA’s donor-provided funds.

If an institution/organization meets the above eligibility criteria AGRA will request additional documentation to be submitted as part of the pre-award process. Organizations are advised that any funds made available are subject to AGRA’s strict accountability and audit test.

No promise explicit or implicit is made to any Institutions/organizations/firms submitting a concept note to AGRA on making any funds available (including reimbursement of document preparation costs).

  1. PERIOD CONCEPT NOTE WILL BE ACCEPTED: This RFCN remains open for a period of 16 days from 18th January to 2nd February 2018. Interested Institutions/organizations may submit their applications any time up to the submission deadline. Concept note submission deadline is 2nd February 2018, 5pm Local Time.

Institutions/organizations/firms must follow the instructions mentioned below and must submit their applications using the concept note template that can be downloaded in the AGRA website at this link.

Only those Institutions/organizations/firms whose concept notes AGRA determined to be of interest will be contacted. AGRA will not return any concept notes submitted.

Applications in response to this RFCN must be received at AGRA designated point of applications: rfcn@agra.org. Additionally, any inquiry pertinent to this RFCN should be submitted to the same address. Applications received after RFCN Expiration Date (above) will not be considered.