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How to Apply Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature (RAIN) challenge phase II (2024)

How to Apply Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature 2024| The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) has partnered with the Shockwave Foundation and the Munich Re Foundation on the Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature (RAIN) challenge 2024. The aim is to identify new innovative agricultural initiatives and provide customised support to maximise each initiative’s potential for impact. Read through

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The RAIN aims to convert seed-level innovative agricultural ideas that are meeting resilience needs in East Africa and scale them to sustainable business ideas of interest to private investors and funders. The challenge will align potential funders to these initiatives and drive attention to the urgent need for agricultural systems transformation.

The agricultural sector is ripe with innovation and transformative potential despite rapidly becoming more susceptible to the harsh impacts of climate change. There is an urgent need to transform agricultural systems, especially for communities that heavily rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Supporting agricultural entrepreneurs’ and organisations’ resilient solutions is essential to adapt to climate change, build resilient food systems and enhance biodiversity.

They are looking for innovative and scalable nature positive solutions that drive investment in ecosystems and increase resilience while resulting in a stronger and better context for nature positive agriculture to flourish. The initiatives must build resilience for those most vulnerable to shocks and stresses, and include a focus on gender, equity and human rights, and protect biodiversity. Specific awards will be considered for initiatives with women and young people as end users, and within these women-led and youth-led initiatives are preferred.


  • Winners will receive cash prize after the initial mentoring period and after the leadership academy
  • Winners will be connected with potential funders, donors and investors.
  • They will also receive a tailored mentoring program, and communications support
  • The winners will be invited to an investor forum and pitching session in-person or virtually.
  • Subject matter experts will facilitate a leadership academy for the shortlisted entrants.


  • RAIN is open to not-for-profit organisations across public, local civil society, international NGOs and academia, as well as for-profit organisations, farmers, and entrepreneurs in East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda)
  • youth-led and women-led organisations are also encourage  to submit their proposals.

How to Apply Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature 2024

For profit organisations

For profit guidelines available here.
For profit application form: https://forms.gle/bWftTmQHtnZeAJTZ9

Non-profit organisations

Non-profit guidelines available here.
Non profit application form: https://forms.gle/aNMs1ToGFYUxy5em6
Women-led and youth-led organisations should apply via the non-profit organisation form.

Application Deadline: 30 January 2024

NOTE: Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid-march 2024.

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