West Africa Food Markets Challenge Fund: For Profit Organizations to Invest in Business Models that will Strengthen Trade for Staple Foods

Deadline: 27 November 2015

West Africa Food Markets Programme (WAFM) is currently inviting applications for Challenge Fund that aims to invest in business models that will strengthen national and regional trade for targeted staple foods: maize, millet, sorghum and cassava. Businesses or companies are invited to bid based on rules that are set and publicized.

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The intention is to get funds to businesses or companies that truly need them and can use them effectively. The funds are to help the companies realize the broader aims of the programme, which are to increase availability of staple foods, increase purchasing power of farmers and consumers in food-insecure regions of the Sahel as well as their resilience to hunger and malnutrition during the regular hungry seasons and periodic shocks.

WAFM Challenge Fund runs competitions for for-profit private companies only. These companies are invited to submit proposals outlining the business idea or concept for which they are applying for funding.


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  • Increase processing and supply chain capacity in collaboration with smallholders.
  • Increase trading capacity in collaboration with smallholders.
  • Support the application of ICT interventions that address supply chain concerns.
  • Increase warehousing capacity across all countries with inventory credit/warehouse receipts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a for-profit-company.
  • The project must focus on activities that directly or indirectly stimulate cross-border trade of staple food commodities.
  • The project must be working in the target staple foods value chains (maize, sorghum, millet and cassava).
  • The grant amount requested must be between GBP 100,000 and GBP 1m.
  • There is a requirement of co-financing of at least the same amount by the applicant.
  • The applicant will have to meet all eligibility criteria. Ineligible applications are declined and a feedback letter sent to the applicant. Limited comments will be provided to unsuccessful applicants and they may be requested to contact the PMU where they require additional information.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form through the website.

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For more information, please visit WAFM Programme.


  1. Avatar Zakhele Mdletshe says

    We are registered as cooperative called Ukuqedusizi. We established this cooperative with a hope of poverty alleviation. We are owning 3ha as our working place. We are looking for funds to fence our place and irrigation installation and starting seeds and plants.
    Our vision: is to implement Agro processing while the project is sustainable.
    Please although this side is for comments. I don’t know, how to apply.

    • Avatar Divya Sharma says

      Hi Zakhele,
      Please visit for more information link provided at the end of the post and you can apply by filling the online application form available there.For further information regarding grants, please feel free to ask.

      Good Luck!