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Agriculture Fast Track Fund - Grant Applications from African Agri-Business Operators

If you are in the agriculture business and qualify, then the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) wants to hear from you! The Agriculture Fast Track Fund, a new multi-donor trust fund, managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), designed to boost investment in Africa’s agricultural sector, is now accepting applications for new grants.The AFT provides grant funds up to USD 1.5 million for project development costs such as feasibility studies, market research, financial modeling, business plan development, and environmental and social impact studies.The Fund’s main objective is to reduce the infrastructure deficiency in the agriculture sector by developing a pipeline of projects that are attractive to Development Finance Institutions and can engage the private sector as project sponsors.By offering entrepreneurs an opportunity to transform their good ideas into bankable investments, AFT aims to attract financiers by ensuring that the grantees present low-risk profitable investments.In order to qualify for an AFT grant however, applicants must meet a rigorous set of criteria, namely:
  • Contribute to Africa’s agricultural infrastructure;
  • Contribute to the economic health of Africa’s struggling smallholder farmers;
  • Seek a minimum investment of USD 1 million;
  • Be based in one of the six pilot countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania.
The AFT, hosted and managed by the AfDB, is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) and the Danish International Development Agency (Danida). The Fund has already awarded six grants for a total amount of USD 3,217,000.Applications are received through the AFT web-based application platform. Application closes 31 December, 2013.
The Agriculture Fast Track Fund Website