Scholarship Exchange Program in U.S.A
The 2018 YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program

EU Sustainable supply of agriculture and livestock inputs and services through the private sector

This call for proposals is part of the first and second component of the ZEAT-BEAD Programme, Zonal Effort for Agricultural Transformation – Bahal Gazar Effort for Agricultural Development.  The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to the improvement of food security and income of the population of South Sudan with the specific purpose of improved food security and income for rural small holders in consideration of the axial role and the important potential of small holders to boost the rural economy and reach a sustainable food security level in the country.  Five components/results are set for ZEAT BEAD: 1-Facilitating, monitoring and regulating government structure; 2- Sustainable supply of agriculture and livestock inputs and services through the private sector;     3-Enhanced Local Value addition and strengthening value Chain; 4-Improved basic technical literacy and numeracy skills;     5-Increased Trade and marketing Volume.

Agriculture in South Sudan has been identified as the sector with the greatest potential to fuel sustainable economic growth. Agriculture provides employment and a livelihood to more than two-thirds of the population. Agriculture generates more than one-third of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and more than 90% of non–oil export earnings. Within the agriculture sector approximately 85% of households cultivate land and 65% own livestock. In spite of this, chronic food insecurity is widespread. South Sudan’s food insecurity is due to conflict and attendant displacement, poor basic service delivery, very low agriculture production and a lack of infrastructure. An unresponsive and inefficient policy environment is hardly supportive of the rural smallholder sector. As a result the sector is characterized by a strong subsistence focus with most households unable to produce or acquire sufficient food for year-round consumption. Despite the current situation, the agricultural sector has great potential. This is due mainly to South Sudan’s extensive area of prime agricultural land and water resources. This potential currently remains largely untapped. The return to conflict in December 2013 exacerbate by the failure of the setting up of the transitional government with the conflict erupted again in Juba in July 2016 resulted in a major humanitarian crisis in many part of the Country.

The global objective of this call for proposals is: to improve food security and income for rural small holders of South Sudan
The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals is/are: to enhance a sustainable supply of agriculture and livestock inputs and services through the private sector 
Priorities
a)  Enhance food production capacities by better access to inputs (seed and tools locally produced) and services (community extension/agents);
b) Strengthening community based extension services, this shall promote: the use of good practices (including animal traction), postharvest losses reduction, sustainable value chains and marketing;
c) Promote local inputs production (seeds and tools) to be locally marketed;
d) Increase livelihoods / work opportunities in the target communities.

Size of grants
Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
For lot 1, 2 and 3
- minimum amount: € 2.400.000
- maximum amount: € 3.000.000

For lot 4
- minimum amount: € 2.000.000
- maximum amount: € 2.500.000


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