Apply for Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP

Africa Agri-Food Development Programme
Africa Agri-Food Development Programme

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.

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How It Works / Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP)

The Programme provides grant funding of up to 50% of total project costs to Irish-registered agri-food companies who seek to conduct feasibility studies or full agri-food commercial projects with African partners. Funding is capped at €100,000 for feasibility studies and €250,000 for full projects.

The AADP requires that any investment of public funds will be at least matched by co-funding from the private sector. The AADP aims to serve as a catalyst for far greater private sector investment, which will deliver significant development impact and develop meaningful partnerships between Irish agri-food companies and locally owned and operated African companies.

Funding will only be approved for applicants who can clearly demonstrate financial and development additionality.

The fund is designed to strengthen expertise and investment from the agri-food sector.

Projects selected should demonstrate results with a long-term developmental impact that will ultimately lead to sustainable benefits in African countries through investment by the private sector.

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Irish agri-food expertise is wide-ranging and examples of suitable AADP projects include:

  • business and capacity development
  • sustainable production and processing systems
  • knowledge and technology transfer
  • research and development
  • project management

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

Eligibility and applications / Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP)

  • 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

All proposals must clearly explain:

  • how the intended results of the project will provide additional contributions to the sustainable development of the local agri-food system in the African country(ies)
  • why public funds are essential to finance the initiative and will not replace existing funding sources
  • successful AADP funding applicants will be encouraged to engage with Irish and other national and international NGOs where possible on various aspects of the projects(for example: project design, community engagement and mobilisation, training and extension)

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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

Evaluation criteria – feasibility study

  • sustainable development impact
  • likelihood of commercial viability
  • likelihood of financial and development additionality
  • quality of evidence justifying the study
  • study methodology, including monitoring and evaluation activities
  • company experience and expertise
  • analysis of risk, context and possible externalities

Evaluation criteria – full project

  • sustainable development impact (economic, social and environmental)
  • financial and development additionality
  • the scope and nature of the partnership proposed with a locally-owned and operated African company
  • intervention logic and commercial viability
  • company experience and expertise
  • project monitoring and evaluation
  • analysis of risk, context and possible externalities

Additional evaluation criteria for previously successful applicants

  • business strength/standing (performance of the initial project and its impact on the company’s commercial status)
  • matched finance (quality of proposed financing model for the new initiative (including the type and quantity of finance to be provided as matched finance)

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

Funding / Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP)

  • Funding can only be awarded to Irish-registered agri-food companies
  • AADP funds must be allocated in a manner that shows a direct line between the services and activities supported and the programme’s core objectives
  • AADP funding is up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a full project and €100,000 for a feasibility study
  • AADP funding will not exceed 50% of the total costs of the project – companies must contribute at least 50% of the overall costs

AADP funds must only be used for:

  • the procurement, use and maintenance of machinery and other capital assets
  • construction, retro-fitting, renovating and maintenance of commercial facilities and infrastructure that are primarily used for agri-food activities
  • costs associated with training, education and extension services
  • employment costs for staff that are exclusively working on activities relating to the project
  • a maximum of 50% of travel and subsistence costs for feasibility studies
  • travel and subsistence will not be eligible for AADP funding under ‘full projects’
  • a maximum of 50% of external consultant, project management or technical support fees for project-specific activities (incl. Monitoring & Evaluation). Rate to be set at a maximum of €200 per day or as advised by relevant embassies for local rates
  • AADP funds will not be used to fund the manufacture, development or sale of weapons, tobacco, alcohol or gambling activities
  • in accordance with “Environmental Sustainability” being a core criterion of any successful AADP application, AADP funds will not be used to support the production of fossil fuels
  • AADP funds will not be used to support activities that contribute to deforestation (for example: the conversion of a forest to another land use the long-term reduction of the tree canopy cover below the minimum 10% threshold) and/or forest degradation (for example: the reduction of the capacity of a forest to provide goods and services)
  • AADP funds will not be provided to companies or commercial activities that do not comply with international standards and conventions regarding: human rights, the environment, corruption, or labour laws; and where the company cannot demonstrate clear goals and ongoing measures to address these problems

Method of Application / Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP)

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

You can also contact this email address for general queries about the AADP. Please monitor this website and the Departments’ social media accounts for update.

Africa Agri-Food Development Programme
Africa Agri-Food Development Programme