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In pursuit of inclusive and sustainable agriculture based value chains, the European Union in Zimbabwe has launched a new call for proposals to support upgrading and upscaling of livestock based value chains with a proven potential in terms of economic performance and inclusiveness.
In total, the EU is providing EUR 25 500 000 (USD 29 610 600) for projects that aim at improving the economic, social and environmental performance of value chains and also their direct enabling environment including business and financial services and the provision of animal feed at reduced costs. The target groups of this support includes off-takers in these value chains, actual and potential suppliers (small and medium scale farmers) as well as producer and industry associations, unions, service providers and input suppliers.
The call is launched in the framework of the 11th EDF development cooperation strategy known as the National Indicative Plan (NIP), signed between the EU and the Government of Zimbabwe on 16 February 2015, which marked the resumption of full development cooperation between Zimbabwe and the EU.
Under the 11th EDF’s Agriculture-based Economic Development component of the NIP, EUR 40 million is allocated to the commercial agriculture and downstream value chains through the Zimbabwe Agricultural growth Programme (ZAGP). The ZAGP has the overall objective to contribute to the development of a diversified and efficient agriculture sector that promotes inclusive green economic growth.
The Strategic Approach of ZAGP recognizes that value chains are dynamic, market driven system to which support services and coordination are central. The ZAGP builds on two main elements for its operationalization: (1) Strengthening service provision for developing sustainable agriculture value chains; (2) Supporting the development of sustainable, high potential livestock based value chains. Actors in these value chains are faced with a number of challenges that undermine their profitability and establish a vicious circle of low investment and low productivity including limited linkages to growth markets, lack of finance for long term investment, the cost of animal feed and aggregation as well as the limited investment in productivity. Also, service provision to the Agriculture Sector has eroded over time.
This call addresses the two elements of ZAGP operationalization and invites proposals which address the root causes for underperformance through market-driven and performance-oriented interventions for both the core and extended actors.
Interested organisations can access more information about this call for proposals here: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/zimbabwe/35564/call-proposals-11th-edf-zimbabwe-agricultural-growth-programme-europeaid157821ddactzw_en