WASHINGTON, December 7, 2021 – The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a global fund dedicated to reducing food insecurity and poverty in low-income countries, today announced $ 121 million in new grants for nine national governments and, for the first time, an additional $ 30 million for producer organizations based in 12 countries around the world. This funding aims to strengthen sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems in the world’s poorest countries, in response to growing food insecurity linked to COVID-19 and climate change.
For more than a decade, GAFSP has supported inclusive, locally driven projects across the agricultural value chain, from ‘farm to fork’. For the first time in its history, GAFSP is now providing small-scale grants directly to producer organizations to help meet the demand for funding from smallholder farmers and their organizations. Farmers, through representatives of civil society and farmer organizations, have always had a place at the table of GAFSP decision-making and are now designing, implementing and leading solutions that meet their needs as stakeholders. keys in building sustainable food systems.
“Over the past two years, producer organizations have influenced the COVID-19 response plans adopted by policy makers. The possibility of directly funding these organizations helps to increase their capacity to revise food and related policies ”, noted Ibrahima Coulibaly, President of the Network of West African Farmers’ Organizations and Small Farmers (ROPPA), “As small farmers, we believe that such crucial initiatives will certainly increase the effectiveness of COVID-19 response plans, and also bring us closer to a world with Zero Hunger. “
The open call for proposals has attracted around $ 1 billion in funding requests – ten times what the GAFSP can fund with current resources – and signals the strong demand for investment in agriculture in the most important countries. poor of the world.
New country grants – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal, Senegal, South Sudan, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – will help countries achieve their national priorities development, such as improving farmers’ incomes and building climate resilience, while strengthening private sector engagement. New grants to producer organizations – in Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Maldives, Nicaragua, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda – will help strengthen the institutional capacities of these organizations as key economic actors in the value chain, notably through better access to finance, markets and innovative solutions for their farmers. In addition, the Steering Committee approved four national projects totaling $ 71 million in Cambodia, Honduras, Mauritania and Somalia, subject to additional donor contributions to the fund.
“Investing in resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems is essential to end hunger and improve food and nutrition security for all in a changing climate. This unprecedented demand for agricultural finance in response to the latest GAFSP call for proposals is a clear signal to the international community that we must all scale up and devote more resources where they can have the most impact,” noted Dirk Schattschneider, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany.
This is the sixth call for agricultural investment in countries eligible for development assistance from the International Development Association (IDA) – the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Proposals were selected based on the recommendations of an independent review conducted by global agriculture experts, and then selected through a competitive process by the fund’s steering committee, made up of donors, recipient countries, civil society organizations and multilateral development agencies, including the World Bank.
“Our farmers need finance to lift themselves out of poverty, but accessing formal sources of finance is difficult for farmers. GAFSP’s innovative approach of directly funding farmer organizations allows us to make the investments we need to uplift our community ”, noted Beauty Khatun, member of the Sara Bangla Krishak Society (national network of farmers’ organizations) in Bangladesh.
Launched by the G20 in response to the 2007-08 food price crisis, the GAFSP is a multilateral financing instrument dedicated to the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty through increased investments in agriculture in the poorest countries in the world. GAFSP supports resilient and sustainable agriculture that benefits smallholder farmers and their families by channeling finance through leading development agencies, including the World Bank. Since its inception, GAFSP has received $ 1.9 billion in contributions from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, from Norway, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. The funds support countries, producer organizations and agribusiness companies in their medium to long term efforts to improve the livelihoods, food security and resilience of smallholder farmers.