Established in February 2018, the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility pursue the overarching objective of mobilizing knowledge, technologies and resources from the Global South to accelerate rural poverty alleviation, enhance rural productivity, and advance rural transformation. The Facility is pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals.
Priority Areas for Funding
As part of IFAD’s strategic response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Facility will support the generation and exchange of innovative solutions, approaches and methodologies that can be of value in the post-COVID-19 recovery period, and that can be subsequently scaled up and benefit a wider population of poor rural people. The four main areas for financing in this call will include:
- Strengthening the capacities of farmers and their organizations to enhance resilience against disasters, including establishing fast-maturing alternative agricultural and rural enterprises, maintaining and producing sufficient and high-quality yields.
- Facilitating access to markets in conditions of specific barriers in a given context, including facilitating safe and hygienic transport, and working to ensure markets remain open and that demand remains high.
- Delivering up-to-date agriculture-related information to smallholder producers on production, weather, market prices and other important areas in rural areas through digital services.
- Building trade capacities through the provision of technologies and services that enable smallholder producers to meet quality and sanitary standards of overseas markets.
Guiding principles for preparing the proposals
A Strategic Guidance Note (SGN) has been provided to guide the preparation of proposals for funding from the Facility. High priorities shall be placed on national ownership and leadership, development of local capacity, and inclusive participation. Project proposals are to emerge from the dialogue with national governments or local counterparts and reflect the priorities of the COVID-19 response package of national governments. Above all, the proposals shall be prominent on innovative features and reflect south-south and triangular cooperation by ensuring collaboration among countries and regions.
Applications are particularly encouraged from developing countries who are most affected by COVID-19 by 31 October 2020.