The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Inviting Applications to focus on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Donor Name: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Funding name: The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility

Funding brief: The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Objective: The themes of food security and water focus on:
● Eradicating hunger and malnutrition;
● Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector;
● Creating ecologically sustainable food systems;
● Raising the efficiency of agricultural water use;
● Improving water basin management.

The objective of the G4AW Facility is to improve sustainable food production through the large-scale provision to the agriculture and fisheries sectors of relevant information and services based on satellite data, which can be supplemented with other data sources. The information and services must be demand-driven, correct and provided in a timely manner. Efficient agricultural water use is vital in food production and is therefore an important and integral part of the G4AW Facility. Data for G4AW activities may be obtained from the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Water Productivity Database,8 which may also be used to establish and verify a project’s results (output, outcome and impact).

Criteria: Applications must meet all the threshold criteria below in order to be eligible for a grant.
● The grant application concerns activities in one of the following G4AW partner countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
● The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is €500,000 and the maximum €3,000,000.
● The project must be completed within three years after the date of the grant award. The Netherlands Space Office may extend a project, without any change in its budget, for up to one year.
● The size of the target group of the proposed project is at least 100,000 (one hundred thousand) for smallholder farmers and/or 50,000 (fifty thousand) for fishers and/or 50,000 (fifty thousand) for (agro) pastoralists.
● Project proposals must aim to achieve a minimum 10% increase in food production and/or income, where possible in combination with at least 25% more efficient water use and at least 10% more efficient use of inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and pesticides. Partnership proposals aimed at providing insurance, loans and credits can only be submitted when combined with the provision of relevant information services to the target groups.
● Satellite data forms an indispensable and essential part of the information chain on which the supplied service or product is based. Without satellite data the proposed information service could not be made operational.
● Grant applications must be submitted by the lead party, which may not be a Dutch central government body, of a partnership which in any case comprises:
● One Dutch organization;
● One organization from the G4AW partner country (Bangladesh (3), Burkina Faso (1), Ethiopia (2), Indonesia (2), Kenya (2), Mali (2), South Africa (1), Tanzania (2), Uganda (2), Vietnam (2).) where the activity is to be implemented;
● One private organization and one public organization;
● One party (which may be one of the organizations mentioned above) which actively processes satellite data and has demonstrable experience in this field.
● All parties in the partnership have legal personality. This must be evident from an extract from the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce and/or a copy of the organization’s constitution (or local equivalent), which must be appended to the application.
● The partnership is in direct contact with the target group (end user of the proposed information service) and/or with the target group’s representative(s) and/or other intermediary organizations.
● The proposal demonstrates that the partnership’s own contribution to the project costs (40% for Colombia, South Africa and Vietnam and 30% for the other G4AW partner countries) can be financed during the project period. The partnership’s own contribution may not include grants or contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made directly or indirectly.
● The partners’ own contribution may be derived from different sources of funding, including grants, loans to partnership parties, and donations or investments in project partners by third parties. Up to 35% of the partnership’s own contribution may comprise third-party contributions, provided these contributions are not directly or indirectly derived from grants or contributions from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The partnership’s activities (including any project activities carried out by organizations outside the partnership) span the entire information chain from satellite data to services provided to food producers.
● A written partnership cooperation agreement must be signed by all participating, guaranteeing their cooperation and compliance after the payment of the grant with the agreements made with one another. The agreement must also include agreements about how each of the parties will contribute to the activities of the partnership, and give an account of the decision-making process within the partnership. In addition, it must guarantee the fulfillment of obligations towards the Minister in respect of the grant. If the partnership will be working with a local government body, their cooperation may be laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Letter of Intent (LOI) if no other option is available.
● The participating parties declare that they are aware of the requirement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to rule out the use of child and forced labor in the trade and investment chain. They also declare that they will comply with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises with respect to CSR, and that the project activities to be financed are not on the FMO exclusion list.
● No grant will be awarded to proposals to scale up and/or expand existing services already supported by a G4AW grant by adding new services in the original G4AW partner country or to extend the reach (number of farmers) of these services in the original G4AW partner country.
● Proposals focused primarily on certification, developing market information systems and preventing deforestation (REDD+) are not eligible for a grant.

Deadline: Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017. (Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017.)

Funding details link: https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en/About-G4AW/Application-Call-2017-2018/

Funding limit: The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro. The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is €500,000 and the maximum €3,000,000.

Project start date: The project must be completed within three years after the date of the grant award. The Netherlands Space Office may extend a project, without any change in its budget, for up to one year.

Project duration: As above
Eligible organization: As above

Eligibility: As above

Submission mail: g4aw@spaceoffice.nl

Other important link:
● 
Tender documents: https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en/About-G4AW/Application-Call-2017-2018/Tender-documents/ ● Guideline:https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/files/files/G4AW/Call%202017-2018/tender%20documents/G4AW%20Administrative%20Rules%20-%20Call%202017-2018.pdf

How to apply:
● 
The application procedure consists of two phases, the Request for advisory opinion and the Grant application. Submitting a Request for advisory opinion prior to submitting a Grant application is highly recommended, but not obligatory when applying for a G4AW grant.

● Applications must be submitted in writing, in quadruplicate (1 original and 3 copies), using the model application form and accompanied by the required annexes stipulated in that form (and possibly by optional annexes as well). The application form must be signed by the applicant’s authorized representative, giving that person’s name and position, and be submitted in full to the G4AW Programme Office of the Netherlands Space Office. The time when the application is received by the Netherlands Space Office is considered to be the time that the application is submitted. Applications may be submitted from the moment this Order enters into force until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017

The address to which applications must be submitted is: Netherlands Space Office, attn G4AW Programme Office, Prinses Beatrixlaan 2, 2595 AL  The Hague

If you wish to deliver your application in person or by courier, it may be handed in at this same address. Along with the application on paper, an electronic copy must be submitted on a USB stick.

The application form must bear the name of the applicant and the names of the other parties to the partnership. It must be signed by an authorized representative of the applicant, and by the other parties by means of a partner form and the partnership’s partnership agreement. A public partner may instead choose to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Letter of Intent (LOI) if it objects to signing the partnership agreement.

● The model advisory opinion request form can be downloaded from the website g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en. The request must be written in English and be submitted by email (g4aw@spaceoffice.nl ) using the model form to the G4AW Programme Office at the Netherlands Space Office. If the size of the file exceeds 8MB, the attachment(s) should be uploaded to an online storage location and the Netherlands Space Office should be informed of the location where it can retrieve them. Requests for an advisory opinion are processed in the order in which they are received. If the request and any accompanying files must be retrieved from a storage location, the time at which the Netherlands Space Office is informed that it can retrieve the files is considered to be the time of submission.

 

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