Global Agriculture and Food Security Program announces new grants to fight hunger, poverty in FCV countries
17-12-2019 06:45:00 | by: Pie Kamau | hits: 7261 | Tags:

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a fund that supports country-led efforts to fight hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, announced that seven projects in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) will receive grants totaling $ 97.6 million.

The new grants to Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Yemen, and a joint project in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, will help each country achieve higher agricultural productivity, increased incomes, and improved food and nutrition security.

“Germany is a firm supporter of GAFSP during this urgent time of rising hunger and climate change. GAFSP is a critical partner in the collective efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG2, by 2030, and to support countries in investing in more and better engagements in the agriculture sector, "Dr. said. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

Launched in 2010, GAFSP delivers targeted financing for agricultural investments to strengthen resilient and sustainable agriculture systems in low-income countries, with an eye on preventing future crises. GAFSP funding supports technically sound, inclusive projects across the entire agriculture value chain to ensure a transformative impact on the economies, communities, and people involved.

"Norway is pleased to support GAFSP and increasing the funds available in the latest round of grants to countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence," said Mr. Dag-Inge Ulstein, the Norwegian Minister of International Development. "With its holistic approach to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty, GAFSP speaks to the core of Norwegian policies for international development and it in well with the Norwegian Government's new action plan for sustainable food systems."

This one-time Special Call for Proposals targeted FCV countries that are eligible for development assistance from the International Development Association (IDA) - the part of the World Bank that helps the world's poorest countries. All 24 countries that were eligible for this Call submitted proposals.

The GAFSP Steering Committee allocates new funds to the following projects:

(a) In Afghanistan, GAFSP funds totaling $ 15 million will support the country's efforts to rehabilitate and improve the efficiency of traditional water management systems and enhance sustainable and resilient livelihoods and nutrition among the most food insecure.

(b) In Central African Republic, $ 15.4 million in funding will sustainably improve resilience, livelihoods, and incomes of vulnerable populations and rural communities in areas that are in an ongoing food security crisis.

(c) In Côte d'Ivoire, GAFSP funds totaling $ 12 million will contribute to improving food and nutrition security or smallholder farmers, women, and youth exposed to the effects of climate change.

(d) In the Democratic Republic of Congo, $ 15 million in GAFSP funding will improve social cohesion and community empowerment, develop nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities, and strengthen livelihoods and entrepreneurship in areas most affected by conflict and food insecurity.

(e) In the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, an investment of $ 12 million will support a multi-country project to improve food, nutrition, and water security and enhance livelihood opportunities in the small island communities of these countries .

(f) In Liberia, GAFSP funds totaling $ 8.2 million will increase agricultural productivity and production of smallholder farmers, improve their market access and income, and strengthen the capacity of government institutions, farmers, and producer organizations.

(g) In Yemen, an additional $ 20 million in funding will support the ongoing project increasing agriculture productivity, market access, incomes or smallholder farmers, and promoting better diet and nutrition practices in areas that are most vulnerable to and hit by humanitarian and food crisis.

The Steering Committee also approved three projects totaling $ 45 million in Burundi, The Gambia, and Haiti contingent on additional donor contributions to the fund and / or structural changes to the projects.

"GAFSP is unique in that it takes an inclusive approach to governance, in which countries, civil society, the private sector, and donors all play key roles," said Ibrahima Coulibaly, President of Agricultural Producers' Organizations of West Africa (ROPPA), "Together, all partners understand that investing in farmers and their communities is the only solution to ending hunger and poverty."

The successful proposals were selected through a competitive process by the fund's Steering Committee, which is composed of an equal number of voting members from donor and recipient countries, as well as representatives from civil society organizations and other stakeholders in a non-voting capacity.

The selections were based on recommendations from an independent review conducted by global agriculture experts. Successful proposals demonstrated a high level of need, an enabling policy environment, evidence of capacity to implement, and a comprehensive plan for agricultural development.