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The Mtukula Agriculture Enterprise Fund

Self Help Africa is hereby launching the Mtukula Agriculture Enterprise Fund (MAEF) a grant-making initiative that has been established to enable smallholder farmers in Southern Africa to develop enterprising solutions. It has been created as a sister fund to the established Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund (MAEF) managed by FARM-Africa in East Africa. Self Help Africa and FARM-Africa are working in partnership to scale up this successful initiative.

Objectives of the Mtukula Agriculture Enterprise Fund

The Mtukula Agriculture Enterprise Fund is a regional initiative of Self Help Africa and will initially cover Zambia and Malawi. Over the last 27 years, we have been focusing on providing technical support to small holders farmers that has focused on the lower end of the value chain. Our experience has made us realize the need to also focus on the upper end (markets) which will pull the lower end. The MAEF has been set up to support small scale farmers and assist them to access markets and develop agri-based enterprise.

The MAEF will:
• Award grants to projects that will help small-scale farmers to adopt appropriate new technologies that build on their traditional skills to increase their agricultural output;
• Add value to crops through improved post-harvest handling and simple agro-processing techniques;
• Link farmers to profitable markets thereby maximising their gains.

MAEF Grant opportunities

The MAEF will award grants of up to £80,000 for 3 years to initiatives with the greatest potential to help small-scale farmers to achieve self-sufficiency in the long term. The fund aims to develop initiatives that support small-scale farmers to adopt appropriate new technologies that can: improve their traditional farming skills and increase their agricultural productivity; add value to their harvest through improved post-harvest handling and simple agro-processing techniques; and bring their produce to profitable markets to maximise their gains.

The Competitive Value Chain Funding stream – Focus on Women

The Competitive Value Chain Funding stream aims to generate, deepen and sustain socio-economic impacts by investing in innovative agricultural technologies that maximise the potential to improve agricultural productivity and agri-business opportunities that can be scaled-out and replicated successfully by smallholder farmers. Concept notes should focus on enabling women farmers to exploit market opportunities along product value chains for specific proven technologies. This could be through value addition, processing and/or improved access to profitable markets and participation.

Self Help Africa

Self Help Africa is an international non-governmental organisation with a vision of a rural Africa free from hunger and poverty. Our mission is to develop enterprising solutions that enable smallholder farmers to achieve a better quality of life.

To achieve this we work in diverse partnerships to support smallholder farmers to make sustainable improvements to their livelihoods. Visit selfhelpafrica.org for more information.