Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation Program Request for Expressions of Interest

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November 14, 2012

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation Program is a USAID-funded activity that will identify and promote technologies for investment and distribution across the developing world. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, the goal is to expand commercial access of transformational inputs and other technologies to smallholder farmers in order to quickly and sustainably improve productivity and incomes. By developing innovative partnerships with product innovators and developers, FTF Partnering for Innovation will promote new game-changing technologies for use by producers in developing country markets.

Description of Expression of Interest

FTF Partnering for Innovation is requesting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from interested partners with whom we can work to achieve this objective of commercializing technologies for smallholder farmers. Private manufacturers, research and development institutes, universities, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other innovators are invited to submit EOIs that briefly explain a significant challenge to increasing food production and a proven technology that will address the challenge. Technologies that are cost-effective and demonstrate the most potential for smallholder adoption and impact, particularly by women, are eligible for pilot and commercialization support, including grant funding. In the EOI, Applicants are encouraged to describe how they would leverage this support and funding with their own resources.

 

Support will be provided to commercial and non-commercial partners who have developed an innovative technology that has been effectively proto-typed and field-tested, but requires further testing to be proven commercially viable. FTF Partnering for Innovation can provide the financial resources and technical advice to identify and test markets, modify designs, develop manufacturing or marketing partnerships, and assist with business plans and prospectuses to use in seeking investment partnerships.

 

Activity support can also be provided to commercial companies with proven technologies that may need resources or assistance to enter into new geographic markets, or to adapt a technology for smallholder use. Support provided by FTF Partnering for Innovation could pay for product retooling, repackaging, or other modifications to tailor it for smallholder use in developing country markets, development of smallholder specific distribution channels, or other tailored business assistance. Because these partnerships will be more complex and of longer duration, partners will be requested to develop a work plan that will set clear performance targets for the commercialization process.

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