Agricultural productivity - Call for proposals
The projects under this Component will identify, adapt and introduce appropriate technologies to the poorest producers and actions that will increase production. The programme will also develop linkages between farmers and markets at a local level, so that any surpluses that are generated will improve livelihood and food security. Stronger local institutions will empower poor smallholders to become market oriented, improving their bargaining power and giving them longer term access to new technology and other government services.
New agricultural technologies have been developed by many national and international institutions in South, South-East Asia and beyond. However, these technologies need to be adapted for the use of the smallholder farmer. EU-funded projects will use the knowledge gained in these initiatives to improve productivity and reduce food insecurity across the region. Indeed, the productivity of smallholders’ land and labour resources in South and South-East Asia is almost invariably very low, due to lack of modern technology and the technological know-how that goes with it. This is caused by many factors including government institutions working mainly with large farms, neglect of the particular needs of small-scale, low input production, exclusion due to gender, caste and ethnicity and remote location.
Facts on call for proposals
- Launching of the call: November 2010.
- Overall budget: €19 million
- Grant amounts: min. €1.5 million - max. €4 million.
- 6 Grant Contracts awarded (more information [14 KB] )
- Duration: 12-36 months
The main target group of the programme are smallholder farmers who have a minimum of assets, little or no access to livelihood-enhancing technology and who are normally excluded from the development process on such grounds as poverty, gender, ethnicity and remote location.
- Productivity of beneficiaries increased through improved access to technologies and knowledge which are profitable, environmentally sustainable and socially adapted to smallholder households.
- The food security and nutrition of rural and urban poor improved through market linkages for technology, inputs, services and produce.
- Grass roots institutions for technology transfer and the marketing of surplus production developed, nurtured and sustained.