Digital Connectors for farming communities selected for ACP AIRTEA Funding

AFAAS’s Digital Connectors for farming communities was among eleven (11) Third-Party Projects selected for the ACP AIRTEA Third-Party funding under the project “Strengthening Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusive Rural Transformation and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa” (AIRTEA).

The AIRTEA project is coordinated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), together with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF).

The AIRTEA project will be implemented in three countries (Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda is supported by the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) through the ACP Innovation Fund which is funded by the European Union (EU).

FARA, ASARECA and EAFF congratulated the consortia that conceived and developed the 11 third-party projects elected for funding.  Implementation of the projects is expected to start from March 1, 2022 and will run for two and a half years.

“We wish to register our strong appreciation of the 101 consortia that responded to the AIRTEA project call with proposals that were not selected.  We wish the consortia responsible for implementing the selected projects success in delivering the expected outcomes and impact of the AIRTEA project and look forward to working with them towards this goal,” noted the statement announcing the winners of the funding.

The selecting process for the 11 projects was not a walk in the park. It entailed a rigorous and competitive evaluation process involving 112 proposals that were submitted in response to the AIRTEA call.

Below is a list of all the winners:

No Name of ProjectLead InstitutionProject country(ies)
1Harnessing multi-stakeholder innovation platforms for knowledge transfer and aquaculture value chain development in UgandaAbi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Abi)Uganda
2Enhancing inclusive market access for African Indigenous Vegetable seed and value-added products by Smallholder farmers in UgandaUganda Christian University (UCU)Uganda
3Upgrading of silver cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) value chain through multi-stakeholder partnerships and novel climate-smart postharvest processing technologies and practices for improved rural livelihoodsJomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)Kenya
4Strengthening cassava innovation ecosystem and knowledge transfer for inclusive rural livelihoods development in Kenya, Uganda, and RwandaUniversity of Nairobi (UoN)Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
5Digital Connectors for farming communitiesAfrica Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
6Unlocking productivity within small holder farming systems through use of geospatial technology (GIS), artificial intelligence and biological technologies in the face of climate changeKoppert Biological Systems (KBS)Kenya
7Promoting technologies and innovations for improving access to quality potato seeds by small holder farmer through strengthening potato seed systems and multi-stakeholder collaboration in RwandaSeed Potato Fund Joint Ventures Ltd (SPF)Rwanda
8Technology Transfer through Innovation Systems: Enhancing Smallholder farmers’ capacity for profitable and sustainable potato productionRwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
9Leveraging The Benefits of Multi Stakeholders Partnership to Support Rural Women and Youth in Dairy Sector in KenyaCooperatives Alliance of KenyaKenya
10Retaining next generation farmers in agribusiness through enhanced knowledge sharing platforms along with the dairy and selected grain value chains in UgandaAGRENES (Agriculture, Environment, and Ecosystems) LimitedUganda
11Youth Leading Changes in Resilient Private Extension and Advisory Services for Job and Wealth CreationYouth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN)Rwanda