Team: Programs | Commitment: Procurement | Location: Egypt

RFP: Annual Program Statement (APS) for Innovative Agri-business in Upper Egypt Governorates

Issuance date: November 1, 2018

All submissions should be written in English

Dear Applicant:

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) is releasing an Annual Program Statement (APS), inviting proposals from existing small and medium size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs in the following Upper Egypt Governorates; Minya, Beni Suef, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan to establish, expand and/or pilot innovative business ideas and technologies that may have a transformative effect on agriculture in Upper Egypt. Instructions for completing the proposals can be found in Annexes 1 and 2. The grants will be awarded bv the Feed the Future-funded Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) project. The grants will be governed by USAID, US Government regulations, and FtF Egypt FAS’s grant management policies.

This solicitation is open only to small and medium size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs, including but not limited to: processors, logistics firms, and other value chain actors working in the FtF FAS Project crop value chains in the Upper Egypt Governorates (The definition of small and medium business is per Egyptian Law # 141 for the Year 2004). It is preferred that private business entities have previous experience working with small farmers in Upper Egypt. 

The Government of Egypt is keen to develop the governorates of Upper Egypt and encourage investment and upgrading of services through expansion of development projects to achieve integrated development.  Nevertheless, recent studies have shown that investment opportunities are still very weak in Upper Egypt. bearing in mind that Upper Egypt has many investment opportunities in a number of sectors, especially the agriculture sector as well as the assets, wealth and human resources.  

The goal of The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) project is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. Therefore, the FAS project is announcing for an Annual Program Statement (APS) to support small and medium size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs in the following Upper Egypt Governorates; Minya, Beni Suef, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan, in piloting or introducing services, technologies, or practices that could have a transformative effect on Upper Egyptian horticulture..

The FtF Egypt FAS Project crop value chains include: 

Tomato

Okra

Anise

Sweet Potato

Mango

Cumin

Green Bean

Table Grape

Coriander

Pepper

Date

Palm

Fennel

Baby Garlic

Pomegranate

Henna

Onion

Other herbs and spices

These in-kind grants will provide support to small- and medium-size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs, including: processors, logistics firms, and other value chain actors working in the FtF FAS Project crop value chains. The following are some examples of agri-business activities that could be considered for funding:

•Offering sorting and grading services,

•Laser land leveling,

•Market information,

•Machinery services,

•Digital extension,

•Expanding value added products or convenient semi-processed food products;

•Producing and processing organic products.

Investment scale – ranging from $10,000 – $150,000 – The final number of awards will be decided based on the availability of funds and resources.

FtF Egypt FAS grant awards are made under the authority of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 2 CFR 200, and USAID’s Advanced Directive System (ADS) Chapter 303, “Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations.” Grants administered under FtF Egypt FAS will adhere to the terms of the USAID Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Non-Governmental Recipients, as well as the FAS grants procedures.

FtF Egypt FAS is required to ensure that all organizations receiving USAID grant funds comply with the guidance found in these regulations, as applicable to the respective terms and conditions of their grant awards.

Under the FtF Egypt FAS grant program, USAID retains the right at all times to terminate, in whole or in part, any FtF Egypt FAS grants. The issuance of this APS does not obligate FAS to make any awards. FAS reserves the right to fund any or none of the Applications submitted.

Please note that concept notes are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the APS period of November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 (please refer to ‘Section II Application and Submission Information’ for more information).

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