Deadline: 14th April 2023.
Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) 2023 – Grants up to €250,000
The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) offers Irish Agri-businesses an invaluable opportunity to develop and harness the potential from innovative partnerships with companies in sub-Saharan African countries, providing matched funding grant support of up to €250,000 to Irish companies.
The 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.
A Government of Ireland initiative, the programme is jointly managed by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).
The AADP has supported dozens of Irish companies to develop sustainable and rewarding commercial ventures in Africa that include the development of agriculture value-chains, market testing animal and crop health products, horticulture, livestock genetics, dairy and cheese production facilities.
The substantial grants on offer help businesses to manage their financial risk and to use their expertise and resources to work on projects jointly with African companies to deliver a strong and positive impact on local communities.
Projects must be based in 18 eligible countries in Africa, must be commercial in focus and deliver real benefits to local communities. All state funding must be matched by the Irish company. Funds are also available for feasibility studies.