Open Partnership Call: Grants of up to USD 250,000 to support Business in the Agrifood system in Rwanda
The Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International is pleased to announce an open call to Participate in Enterprise Growth, Employment, and Entrepreneurship Partnerships in Rwanda’s Agri-Food System.
The Feed the Future Rwanda Hanga Akazi (HA) Activity is a 5-year activity designed to facilitate growth leading to inclusive job creation and entrepreneurship in Rwanda’s agri-food system. Using a market systems approach, the Activity aims to support access to productive resources for enterprises and entrepreneurs in the agri-food system that are poised to grow and hire. The Activity will also work on the labor supply side through a workforce development component, linking demand from growing enterprises to curriculum development and training so that job seekers bring the skills employers need. The Activity will support increased entrepreneurship in the agri-food system, helping to identify areas of opportunities for entrepreneurs and connecting them with the supporting services—such as business development, access to finance, and market linkages— they need to succeed.
The Activity wishes to partner with existing and new businesses, cooperatives, training providers, and other private sectors operating in the agri-food system in Rwanda to increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, particularly for women, youth, and persons with disabilities. Examples of actors in the agri-food system who may be interested in responding to this APS are shown and include a range of actors including, but not limited to, enterprises, producers, processors, transporters, and consumers.
Increasing agricultural production and reducing lossTransport and storageFood trade and distributionProcessing and packagingLand and water resourcesInput and water supply
Food environment Market access Market informationPromotion and advertisingInformation and communication technologyFood and water quality and safetyFinancial services, including insuranceTraining and skills development.
water utilization Food preparation / food managementFood hygiene and safetyFood retail consumption
Grants will be awarded competitively in amounts commensurate with their impact but shall not exceed the maximum amount of USD 250,000.
Under this APS, Hanga Akazi seeks to channel resources to support enterprises growth and increase employment opportunities, especially for women, youth, and people with disabilities. Proposed concepts should align with one or more of the sub-objectives indicted in Section I. Illustrative Partnership Activities.
Hanga Akazi will consider applications that request various forms of support including grants, technical assistance, and training for enterprises who have identified a market opportunity that can be met through increased access to the aforementioned productive resources.
Applicants must either beprivately registered business operating in the agrifood system in Rwanda orpublic or private institutions who build the skills of system actors such as Technical and Vocational Education and Trainings (TVETs) and Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRCs) in Rwanda. All applicants should:
Be legally and formally constituted at the time of grant proposal.
Be compliant to government of Rwanda regulations (submit tax compliance certificate, registration certificate).
The activities under the grants must primarily take place in Rwanda.
Applications must demonstrate how partnership with HA will result in inclusive jobs and/or entrepreneurial opportunities.