Africa Agri-Food Development Programme 2021/2022-Apply

Africa Agri-Food Development Programme 2021/2022-Apply: The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) is a joint initiative between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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The Objective of the AADP is to:

  • Develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African
  • Support sustainable growth of the local food industry,
  • Build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

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

The fund is designed to leverage greater expertise, experience and investment from the Irish agri-food sector and projects 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.


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

Knowledge and Technology Transfer


Project Management

Business and capacity development

Sustainable production and processing systems

Eligibility Criteria

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 one Irish registered agri-food company and one local commercial entity in Africa.

All applicants for Full Projects must be able to demonstrate that they have at least three years of experience within their team in the relevant Agri-food sector and development context.

The application must clearly outline how these two 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)
  •  (ii) why public funds are essential to finance the initiative and will not replacing 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 i.e., project design, community engagement and mobilization, training and extension, etc.

Projects will be supported in the following countries –

Botswana, Cóte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, , Zambia and Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda,

How To Apply

Application forms must be completed by the Irish applicant company and submitted to [email protected]

Applications will only be accepted through the official AADP Application Forms.

To request an Application Form for a Full Project or Feasibility Study please email [email protected] with the subject line “Application Form Request”.

Application Deadline: 30th July 2021.




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