Dear friends, The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana has released a new funding opportunity called “USAID/Ghana Agriculture and Natural Resource Management”, solicitation number RFA-641-16-000004. Proposed activities should last for five years. There is no specified start date.
Funder: The opportunity is funded by USAID, the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies.
Eligibility: Any type of U.S. and non-US organizations may participate.
- Application due date: January 19, 2016 at 5pm Ghana Local Time
Questions due dates:
- November 30, 2015 at 5pm Ghana Local Time
Award ceiling: $24,907,814
Cost share: No requirement
Goal: To achieve Poverty Reduction in Northern Ghana through sustainable increase in wealth and nutrition from natural and non-traditional agriculture products.
The Project consists of four major components:
Income Generation from Natural Resources;
Food Security and Nutrition;
Land Rights and Access, and
Environment and Natural Resource Management.
Project activities will be focused on addressing gaps in the current Ghana Feed the Future (FTF) portfolio by approaching food security and nutrition in a more holistic manner. In contrast to the other FTF Ghana projects, this project will not be focusing exclusively on the three main target crops of rice, maize and soy – rather it will focus on traditional and non-traditional agriculture products that can increase rural wealth and improve nutrition.
The Project will provide technical assistance and capacity building for improving livelihoods in Northern Ghana through select technologies. It will work with the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the Forest Commission (FC), and within the FC, the Wildlife Department; the Project will complement and/or support the other FTF mechanisms. The Project will also provide a grant to the University of Development Studies in Tamale for MS and PhD training and the development of materials for environmental service valuation, environmental education and natural resource management work.
The four outcomes of the Project are:
- Increased incomes from natural resource products;
- Improved food and nutritional security;
- Increased security of farmer access and use of community natural resource (land, tree, water);
- Strengthened environmental stewardship.
The Recipient shall provide brief bi-weekly bullets on project activities that provide highlights of major events. The update will identify current and up-coming consultations/visitors, key activities and events of the previous week, and upcoming activities and events. This information is combined with those of other projects and circulated to help keep overall FTF activities coordinated. Due every two weeks on a day to be determined by USAID.
The recipient shall submit quarterly progress reports no later than 30 calendar days from the end of each quarter, no longer than 20 pages, that summarize (1) progress to date, per the agreed-upon deliverables; (2) identification of specific problems and delays and recommendations for adjustments and corrective action; (3) outcomes of any high- level meetings held and field visits; (4) planned activities for the next reporting period; (5) assessment of the validity and efficacy of progress against the objectives and results; (6) progress on gender and environmental compliance, including but not limited to issues arising.
The recipient shall submit at least two, one to three page “Success Stories” per quarter beginning the second year of project implementation, highlighting project successes. The recipient shall also produce a 2-3 minute video clip on success stories or any other major project events that can show case the project activities to a broader audience. 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter along with the progress report, the recipient shall include a report on expenditures accrued during the report period and projected accrued expenditures for the next quarter, against award line items.
The recipient shall submit a draft final report 60 days after the award end date, and a final copy 90 days after the end date.