GSM Association (GSMA): Inviting applications for ‘The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitization of Agricultural Value Chains’ to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihood and climate resilience.

Funding brief: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitization of Agricultural Value Chains aims to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihood and climate resilience.

Up to eight grants of £220,000 each are being made available to support projects of 24 months duration.  In addition, the GSMA will provide in-kind support and consultancy to assist the development of business plans, and service implementation through market research, user-centric design, business intelligence, user-testing with agribusiness staff and smallholders.

Grants are available across two categories of application:
● Mobile money driven category:
● Open to mobile money providers in partnership with AgriTech vendors who are developing, implementing, launching and/or scaling enterprise services (B2B2C) which digitize the agricultural last mile procurement and communication with smallholders.

The proposed development or evolution of an enterprise service must include the following primary use-cases:
● Digitizing procurement records and smallholder farmer profiles (static and dynamic information);
● Digitizing payments to smallholder farmers via mobile money;
● Digitizing communication and providing advisory services for smallholder farmers.

● Data driven category: Open to AgriTech organizations who have already scaled a last mile agriculture digitization service and established a model for generating digital farmer records and explored linking farmer records with financial service providers.

The proposed evolution of these services must include the following primary use-cases:
● Digitizing procurement records and smallholder farmer profiles (static and dynamic information) at a scale of at least 50,000 farmers in the proposed market;
● Using existing deployment data and digital records of smallholder farmers to provide financial inclusion services through partnerships with third-party organization;
● Digitizing communication and providing advisory services for smallholder farmers.

Donor Name: GSM Association (GSMA)
Funding name: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitization of Agricultural Value Chains

Deadline:
Submit Concept Note Applications by 31st, July, 2019.
● The deadline for the Business Plan submission will be 31st, October, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Up to eight grants of £220,000 each are being made available to support projects of 24 months duration.

Three forms of non-monetary support will also be provided to grant recipients:
● GSMA consultancy to support the development of Business Plans, and service implementation through market research, user-centric service design, business intelligence, user-testing with agribusiness staff and smallholders;
● Regular evaluations of the service to
– Generate transparency into service adoption levels and user behaviour change
– Measure service’s progress towards key success criteria.

● For applicants who express interest for insights into inclusive design for users with disabilities, GSMA will offer additional in-kind support.

Applicants will need to match the grant amount requested from the Fund. These contributions can be made both in cash and in-kind, although no more than 50% of the applicant’s contribution can be in-kind (See Appendix II). For instance, applicants requesting the full grant amount of GBP£220,000 will need to contribute the equivalent of GBP£220,000, with no less than GBP£110,000 contributed in cash over the grant period.

Project start date: February – March 2020

Project duration: 24 months

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: The Fund prioritizes enterprise services targeted at organization’s (e.g. agribusiness, cooperatives, etc.) procuring from smallholders with the focus on those living on less than USD 2 per day.

To be eligible, lead applicants across both categories must have the following characteristics:
● Be registered and operating in the country of project implementation (whether domestic or foreign owned or a joint venture) in compliance with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other relevant regulations;
● Ensure that the consortia organizations are appropriately registered and operating in the country of project implementation (whether domestic or foreign owned or a joint venture) in compliance with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other relevant regulations;
● Be the business owner of the proposed enterprise solution;
● Be a for-profit organization and in satisfactory financial health supported by at least one year of unqualified audited accounts;
● Have adequate internal capacity to implement the project within the agreed timeframe;
● Have a data sharing agreement regarding data created by the service between the consortia;
● Comply with the GSMA due diligence process, through which additional due diligence materials may be requested;
● Where a single member of the implementing consortium will receive greater than 30% of the GSMA grant funding, they will be termed an Implementation Partner and will be required to pass additional due diligence checks and honour reporting obligations;
● Be in satisfactory financial health, have adequate financial systems and have human resource capacity to implement the grant project. The GSMA may require the applicant to undergo a pre-selection assurance review. Such review, if required, will be conducted by an independent organization chosen by the GSMA;
● Applicants may need to demonstrate how they are compliant with local and international data protection and privacy regulations for example; GDPR (a European data protection regulation), and be prepared to respond to questions or provide evidence

Eligible Country:
This mobile money driven category is open to applicants who intend to deploy or scale their services in the following countries:
 Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
 Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

● This data driven category is open to applicants who intend to deploy their services in countries with limited mobile money ecosystem in rural areas, specifically:
 Africa: Ethiopia, Nigeria.
 Asia: Indonesia.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
Apply: Click to view
● Proposal Form (Form- Concept_Note_Questions_List_-_FINAL): Click to view
● About: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view
● Term Sheet: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Applications for funding  are assessed through a two-stage application process.
● Concept Note: The first step will be to submit a Concept Note, which outlines the project objectives, lists proposed partners, demonstrates the consortium’s capacity to deliver the project and explains how the project fits within wider strategy of the business owner.
● Business Plan: A short-list of applicants whose Concepts Notes meet the objectives and eligibility requirements of the Fund will be notified in August 2019 and invited to develop a Business Plan. This will further outline the strategy for implementing and scaling the service; provide a budget projection with an indication of how the grant is to be spent, and a workplan for the 24 month implementation period.  The deadline for the Business Plan submission will be 31 October 2019.

● All eligible applicants at Concept Note stage, irrespective of whether they ultimately receive a grant under this Innovation Fund, will be invited to join the GSMA AgriTech Priority Learning Partners Initiative, where they will gain access to a number of knowledge sharing resources and events, including webinars on the topic of enterprise solutions for the last mile.

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