Call for Proposals: Africans Products // Terroirs Africains

SEED Foundation

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Grant amount: €7,000 - €15,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 6, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 20, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Comoros Show all

Location of residency: Africa, France

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Who is SEED Foundation?

SEED Foundation’s mission is to support agricultural and rural development in Africa through innovative projects, sustainably acting on the agricultural and food sectors. It positions itself as an incubator of these projects to recognize and allow for the continuation of initiatives carried out by small organizations with limited capacities of action.

What is the purpose of this call for projects?

This call for projects aims at enhancing the local* resources of African lands (agricultural practices, know-how, local agricultural products, etc.) and optimizing their management in order to support their role in the development of family farming in Africa.

SEED Foundation wishes to support projects that maintain the diversity of the local resources while offering innovative prospects to transform the agricultural system. This theme is an answer to the challenges of standardization and homogenization of practices and the loss of diversity in the agri-food sector.

Your project will therefore address the following issues:

  • To what extent can local land resources meet the challenges of an agricultural system (creating jobs, responding to local demand, etc.)?
  • How to maintain the diversity of agricultural practices in order to protect the different forms of production and the resilience of ecosystems?
  • How to develop efficient agricultural production systems that consume less natural and financial resources?
  • How to support the development and the diversity of the local sectors, from the production to the commercialization of the finished product?


The local specificities can be distinguished by the agricultural practices, resources, recognized know-how and local agricultural products. These components are the result of territorial and identity claims of a particular group. The components of regional specificities are determined by different "intrinsic" and "extrinsic" qualities (endemicity, territoriality, recognized local history, common cultural and sociological practices, conditions of production, transformations, marketing and consumption, etc.).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants: French and African non-profit organizations in a formalized partnership
    • To be eligible, the projects must be leaded by french organizations (applicant) in partnership with local organizations.
    • This partnership must already exist before SEED Foundation's call for proposals.
  • Eligibility of the French Partner: 
    • Must issue CERFA tax receipts
    • Must have experience in the field of agricultural development in Africa
    • May submit only one project per call
    • May not be a SEED Foundation partner (no on-going projects)
    • May not be a student association
  • Eligibility of the African Partner:
    • Must be a non-profit organization
    • Must be in partnership with a French partner
    • Must participate actively in the project
    • Must be able to continue the project when the partnership ends
  • Eligibility of the Project
    • Must be in an eligible African country
    • Must be less than 3 hour drive from the country’s capital
    • Must present an innovative element
    • The project must relate to agricultural or livestock products intended for local food consumption and not for export
    • The project must concern at least 2 stages of the sector: production, processing, marketing
    • Direct beneficiaries must have been identified (number and nature)
  • Eligibility of the application
    • Project duration between 24 and 36 months
    • The pre-project stages must have already completed: feasibility study, diagnosis, market study, project draft
    • Spread the anticipated allocation over a maximum of 3 years and ensure that it represents between 10% and 70% of the total project budget, i.e. a total project budget of between 10,000 € and 150,000 €.
    • If the project fits into a larger program, the SEED Foundation team will ensure that its dimensions remain compatible with its grant.


  • SEED Foundation will pay particular attention to the following aims:
    • Feasibility: the operational capacity of the applicant and its local partners, coherence with the local context, coherence between the budget and expected use of funds
    • Pertinence: respect of the 3 pillars of sustainable development, expected impacts of the project and the indicators on how to measure them
    • Sustainability: perspectives and long term vision of the project (capitalization and valorization), the durability of the action