Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Inviting applications for ‘The Geodata for Agriculture and Water facility (G4AW)’ to support programmes in the area of food security.

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

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.

Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)

Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) is a facility which aims to support programmes in the area of food security. The G4AW Facility stimulates partnerships that set up satellite-based information services aimed to provide food producers (smallholder farmers, agropastoralists and fishermen) with information leading to improvement in food production, improved input use efficiency, and/or improved income, with the ultimate goal of strengthening poverty alleviation, sustainable economic growth and self-reliance in the recipient country.

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.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted until Thursday, 15:00 hrs CET for on 14th, 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: As below

Project duration: 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.

Eligible organization: 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 where the activity is to be implemented;
● Implemented 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.

Eligibility: The G4AW Facility welcomes international cooperation and provides opportunities for combining mutually reinforcing interests in the areas of food security and water in developing countries with the private sector’s knowledge of and experience with satellite data and the agricultural and water sectors.

The G4AW Facility awards grants to consortia whose activities lack market support because the risk is considered too high (in accordance with OECD-DAC guidelines9), and which may ultimately lead to commercially viable activities (for example, the development and implementation of a revenue model for selling demand-driven information via various communication channels, index-based micro insurance, or providing data in conjunction with the sale of nutrients and seed). The use of the private sector’s knowledge and knowhow is key.

The following principles apply to a partnership:
● A partnership must consist of at least one organization established in the Netherlands and at least one organization from the G4AW partner country. The partnership must include at least one public and one private organization and may be supplemented with other public and/or private organizations, from partner or non partner countries. One of the parties acts as lead party and submits the grant application on behalf of the partnership. The lead party cannot be a Dutch central government body. If the application is approved, the lead party is the grant recipient and, as such, bears full responsibility towards the Minister for implementation of the proposed activities and compliance with the obligations in respect of the grant.
● The partnership’s activities should encompass the entire information chain from satellite data to services to food producers.
● At least one party in the partnership must be involved in and have demonstrable experience with processing satellite data.
● The partnership must be in direct contact with the target group (end user of the proposed service) or the target group’s representatives.
● A partnership may, independently of its component parties, enter into an agreement with organizations that contribute to the project’s implementation and that are essential to the sustainable provision of the envisaged services. These may be international organizations, public or civil society organizations in the partner country, NGOs or other organizations.
● A private organization established in the partner country should preferably deliver the services and should be able to demonstrate that it has both the ambition and the financial means to continue providing the service in the future. Alternatively, a new legal entity can be established in the course of the project which is responsible for providing the service and which has the organizational and financial capacity to continue providing the service in the future.
● All participating parties must sign a partnership agreement guaranteeing their willingness to cooperate and their compliance with mutual arrangements after the grant has been awarded. The agreement must also ensure that parties will fulfil their obligations towards the Minister in respect of the grant.
● The grant recipient’s obligations are described in more detail in Chapter 6 of grant document.

Eligible Country: 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.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● 
Form: https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en/about-g4aw/application-call-2017-2018/tender-documents/
● Guideline for submission: https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/files/files/G4AW/Call%202017-2018/tender%20documents/G4AW%20Further%20instruction%20for%20submitting%20full%20proposal%202017_07_20.pdf
● Official announcement (Guideline): https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/files/files/G4AW/Call%202017-2018/tender%20documents/G4AW%20Administrative%20Rules%20-%20Call%202017-2018.pdf

How to apply:
● 
Submit this form and required appendices to Netherlands Space Office using the address (Netherlands Space Office, a/o G4AW Programme Office, Prinses Beatrixlaan 2, 2595 AL The Hague, The Netherlands, T +31 (0)88 602 4500, E g4aw@spaceoffice.nl, g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en).

 

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