Africa Agri-food Development Programme 2023 ( Get Up To €250,000) Apply Now

Africa Agri-food Development Programme 2023 has commence for 1st batch, AADP funding is up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a Full Project and €100,000 for a Feasibility Study, How to apply for AADP project. The nature of Application and eligibility. Carefully Read the guidelines .

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) is a joint initiative between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa. This will be achieved through supporting eligible Irish companies to build meaningful partnerships with African companies and use their expertise and resources to jointly work on projects which will have a strong development impact. In assessing applications, the potential for a project to contribute to reaching the Furthest Behind will be a key consideration, in line with the priorities set out in Ireland’s policy for international development, A Better World.

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The Aims of AADP 2023 Project include:

  • Business and capacity development
  • Sustainable production and processing systems
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer
  • R&D
  • Project Management


  • AADP funding is up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a Full Project and €100,000 for a Feasibility Study;
  • AADP funding will not exceed 50% of the total costs of the project.


  • Only Irish Agri-Food companies can apply.
  • All proposed projects must be commercial in nature and focus, and must contribute strongly to the sustainable development of the food system within the African country(ies) selected;
  • All applicants must be agri-food companies that have been registered/incorporated in Ireland at least 12 months prior to the AADP application period commencing;
  • Along with the relevant Application Form, all AADP applicants must provide:
    • At least one year of audited accounts;
    • Company and tax information
    • An account of project-related “flow of funds”
    • Any background contracts and Memoranda of Understanding
    • Any further documentation found to be relevant and agreed with partners
    • The partners involved for Full Projects must include at least one Irish registered agri-food company and one local commercial entity in Africa.
  • All applicants for Full Projects must be able to demonstrate that they have at least three years of experience within their team in the relevant agri-food sector and development context.
  • The application must clearly outline how these two distinct companies will enter an equitable and ethical partnership.
  • If an applicant company proposes to undertake a Feasibility Study, it should include a list of any potential partners within the application.
  • All proposals must clearly explain:
    • how the intended results of the project will provide additional contributions to the sustainable development of the local agri-food system in the African country(ies)
    • why public funds are essential to finance the initiative and will not replacing existing funding sources.
  • Successful AADP funding applicants will be encouraged to engage with Irish and other national and international NGOs where possible on various aspects of the projects i.e., project design, community engagement and mobilization, training and extension, etc.
  • Projects will be supported in the following countries – Botswana, Cóte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, , Zambia and Zimbabwe;

Evaluation Criteria – Feasibility Study:

  • Sustainable Development impact
  • Likelihood of Commercial Viability
  • Likelihood of Financial and Development Additionality
  • Quality of evidence justifying the study
  • Study methodology, including monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Company experience and expertise
  • Analysis of risk, context and possible externalities

Evaluation Criteria – Full Project

  • Sustainable Development Impact (Economic, Social and Environmental)
  • Financial and Development Additionality
  • The scope and nature of the partnership proposed with a locally owned and operated African company
  • Intervention logic and commercial viability
  • Company experience and expertise
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Analysis of risk, context and possible externalities

Additional Evaluation Criteria for Previously Successful Applicants

  • Business Strength/Standing (performance of the initial project and its impact on the company’s commercial status)
  • Matched Finance (quality of proposed financing model for the new initiative (including the type and quantity of finance to be provided as matched finance)

How To Apply:

The AADP is now open for submissions. Application forms must be completed by the Irish applicant company and submitted to [email protected].

Applications will only be accepted through the official AADP Application Forms.

To request an Application Form for a Full Project or Feasibility Study please email [email protected] with the subject line “Application Form Request”

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