Announcement: Final Selection of ACP AIRTEA Third-Party Projects to be Funded in Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda

 Announcement: Final Selection of ACP AIRTEA Third-Party Projects to be Funded in Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda

January 21, 2022; Accra, Ghana.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), together with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF) are pleased to announce that the eleven (11) Third-Party Projects listed in the table below have been selected for funding under the project “Strengthening Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusive Rural Transformation and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa” (AIRTEA).  The AIRTEA project is supported by the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) through the ACP Innovation Fund which is funded by the European Union (EU).  The AIRTEA project is being implemented in three countries (Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda) under FARA, ASARECA and EAFF coordination.

The selection of the 11 third-party projects was overseen by the three coordinating institutions and followed a rigorous and competitive evaluation process involving 112 proposals that were submitted in response to the AIRTEA call.  Third-party projects will start from March 1, 2022, for two and a half years.

FARA, ASARECA and EAFF congratulate the consortia that conceived and developed the 11 third-party projects selected for funding.  We wish to register our strong appreciation of the 101 consortia that responded to the AIRTEA project call with proposals that were not selected.  We wish the consortia responsible for implementing the selected projects success in delivering the expected outcomes and impact of the AIRTEA project and look forward to working with them towards this goal.

No  Name of Project Lead Institution Project country(ies)
1 Harnessing multi-stakeholder innovation platforms for knowledge transfer and aquaculture value chain development in Uganda Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Abi) Uganda
2 Enhancing inclusive market access for African Indigenous Vegetable seed and value-added products by Smallholder farmers in Uganda Uganda Christian University (UCU) Uganda
3 Upgrading of silver cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) value chain through multi-stakeholder partnerships and novel climate-smart postharvest processing technologies and practices for improved rural livelihoods Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Kenya
4 Strengthening cassava innovation ecosystem and knowledge transfer for inclusive rural livelihoods development in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda University of Nairobi (UoN) Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
5 Digital Connectors for farming communities Africa Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
6 Unlocking productivity within small holder farming systems through use of geospatial technology (GIS), artificial intelligence and biological technologies in the face of climate change Koppert Biological Systems (KBS) Kenya
7 Promoting technologies and innovations for improving access to quality potato seeds by small holder farmer through strengthening potato seed systems and multi-stakeholder collaboration in Rwanda Seed Potato Fund Joint Ventures Ltd (SPF) Rwanda
8 Technology Transfer through Innovation Systems: Enhancing Smallholder farmers’ capacity for profitable and sustainable potato production Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
9 Leveraging The Benefits of Multi Stakeholders Partnership to Support Rural Women and Youth in Dairy Sector in Kenya Cooperatives Alliance of Kenya Kenya
10 Retaining next generation farmers in agribusiness through enhanced knowledge sharing platforms along with the dairy and selected grain value chains in Uganda AGRENES (Agriculture, Environment, and Ecosystems) Limited Uganda
11 Youth Leading Changes in Resilient Private Extension and Advisory Services for Job and Wealth Creation Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN) Rwanda

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