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Call for Proposal! The CTA Grants for NGOs in Developing Countries for Youth Development Projects

Application Deadline: 15 February 2015

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) invites youth organizations and organizations working on youth issues to submit applications for grant opportunity in advancing youth agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to boost climate-resilient food value chains. The grant program aims at advancing agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT (Information Communication Technology) innovations by young people. Responding to the strategic need to strengthen the involvement of youth in agriculture, the grant will support youth capacity building and entrepreneurship in ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag) and promote youth employment opportunities.

The CTA is a joint international institution of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU).


  • Youth in agriculture
  • Youth agro-entrepreneurship
  • ICT innovation in agriculture
  • ICT and entrepreneurship in agriculture


  1. Projects aimed at strengthening youth engagement and entrepreneurship in strategic food commodity value chains – proposals should favor the consolidation of agro-food cooperatives or companies led by young people, or the creation of innovative agro-entrepreneurial mechanisms for the benefit of youths.
  2. Projects aimed at implementing the “AgriHack Talent” program at national or regional level, with a focus on value chain development, regional trade or climate change adaptation for strategic food commodities – proposals can include activities like hackathon or coding competition, followed by capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture business, as well as promotion of the products developed. Proposals may include other activities, or may not include all activities of the model.

Grant awards will range between EUR 30,000 and EUR 100,000. Grants must be used in ACP countries.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be any natural and legal person from the ACP States and the Member States of the EU contributing to the EDF; from official EU candidate countries and member States of the European Economic Area; from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) according to OECD/DAC; OECD/DAC members; and international organizations wherever they have their seat.
  • Applicants should have successful prior work experience with government or donor agencies or the private sector on ICT or agriculture projects.
  • Projects must be based in ACP or EU countries. If they are from non-ACP, they must demonstrate the involvement of individuals or organizations from the ACP in the activity or the relevance of the project to ACP countries.
  • Proposed project should be innovative and well-articulated with potential to benefit a large number of people in ACP countries and be replicated.
  • Preference is given to regional projects (combining at least three countries) while national innovative proposals illustrating good potential for replication or scale-up may also be selected.
  • Young people aged between 18 and 35 should be the direct beneficiaries of activities implemented. The project can be implemented by organizations led by people who are outside the youth age range.
  • At least 10% Co-funding is required; higher co-funding shares are encouraged.
  • Applications must be submitted in English or French language

Note: Applications must reach CTA via email by the deadline.

For more information, please visit CTA Youth Call for Proposal.

Apply: U.S Foreign Agricultural Service Fellowships for Developing Countries

Fellowship Title: The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program, United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Fellowships for Developing Countries

Brief Fellowship Description: The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing scientific training and collaborative research opportunities to visiting researchers, policymakers, and university faculty. The Borlaug Fellowship Program has provided over 500 fellowships for agricultural professionals from 64 developing countries worldwide.

Employer: United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

Application Deadline: Various application deadlines, Please check the individual countries announcements below to the fellowship deadlines.

Detailed Announcements can be found below.

Africa & Middle East



Eastern Europe


Latin America


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Senior Research Fellow Opportunity with IFPRI – Nigeria

Position Title:   Research/Senior Research Fellow, Nigeria Strategy Support Program

Client:  International Food Policy Research Institute (                       

Position Location:  Abuja, Nigeria

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.

The Nigeria country strategy support program aims to enhance Nigerian capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction.  It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Nigeria’s national and state development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country.  Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned federal and state government departments, key Nigerian research institutes and universities, the National Assembly, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

Essential Duties:

The Fellow will be responsible for a) conducting research, policy advice, capacity strengthening and policy communications in Nigeria and b) leading IFPRI’s country strategy support program in that country. It is anticipated that the Fellow will allocate about 50% time to program management and 50% of time to research and capacity-building activities related to the country program.  The Fellow will be responsible for the timely completion of research projects, actively publishing papers/books, and participating in various conferences, policy advisory forums, and capacity strengthening training programs. The leadership role includes the following responsibilities:

Program management:  The Fellow recruits and manages local office staff, manage program resources, oversees the updating of annual work programs, reports against annual performance target, and maintains regular communication with IFPRI-Washington.  In addition, s/he will recruit national collaborators and manage and monitor national collaborator and IFPRI researcher activities.

Research/Capacity Building:  Based on identified program of work, the Fellow leads or participates in specific empirical research, supports targeted training programs, and oversees Washington-based and in-country staff on specific research and training activities that fall within the country program.

Policy Communication and Liaison: The Fellow maintains active policy communication with national counterparts through a face-to-face meetings,  regular research seminar series, policy briefs and working paper series; establishing active links with various national research institutions, universities, and government agencies; reports program outputs and results; and liaises with donors on a regular basis.

Fundraising/Resource Mobilization:  Through an active in-country presence, the Fellow identifies additional research funding opportunities, responds to in-country needs, channels donor resources to available skills and expertise in IFPRI, and liaises between non-country program IFPRI activities and local donors, if needed (and requested).

Required Qualifications:

·         PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Public Finance or closely related field.

·         Five or more years of post-PhD research and outreach experience in agricultural policy issues,with internationally recognized publications.

·         Experience in policymaking or advisory position, and strong team-building and networking skills.

·         Knowledge and experience working on gender issues.

·         Knowledge and experience working in Africa, preferably Nigeria.

·         Ability to work across disciplines and cultures.

·         Excellent written and spoken English.

To Apply: 

Applicants should email a detailed letter of interest and resume to