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Integrated Regional Development of Azerbaijan (IRDA) - AAP 2015
SUPPORT TO LOCAL INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES AND LOCAL FOOD PROMOTION
Call for proposals launched
Deadline for submission of concept notes (only via PROSPECT)
31 January 2019, at 16:00 h (Brussels date and time).
 The above call has been published on 31/10/2018 12:00 h (Brussels date and time). Deadline for submission of concept notes (only via the electronic system PROSPECT) is 31/01/2019 at 16:00 h (Brussels date and time).
The global objective of this call for proposals is to improve relevance, availability, affordability and sustainability of the agricultural advisory services and information system and harness the market potential of local food (heritage).
For the purposes of this call, local food is defined as the direct or intermediated marketing of agriculture and food products to consumers and which are typically produced and distributed in a limited geographic area. Ideally, local food systems connect farms and consumers at the point of sale. Local food is not restricted to – but ideally includes food produced by employing locally adapted and traditional methods of production and using traditional plant varieties and animal breeds adapted to local ecosystems – and uses traditional recipes in local food preparations.
The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are:
(i) to support community driven agricultural connections and - advisory - and information services providing more effective farm and rural business decision support, promoting market linkages, climate resilient farming and good agricultural practices - and
(ii) to strengthen the capacity of civil society, pro-entrepreneurial circles and business associations in launching a variety of initiatives to promote positive investment climate and urban mentoring in local agri - food systems and broadly in the agri - food regional economy in Azerbaijan, including outreach and awareness campaigns.
The call is open only to non - profit making organizations as defined in more detail in the Guidelines for Applicants and which are established in the Republic of Azerbaijan, a Member State of the European Union, countries covered by the IPA regulation, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) or the European Economic Area.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 4,000,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.