Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP) 2017

Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP) 2017

Deadline: August 17, 2017

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) is a joint initiative between the Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The programme, which is part of Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme, will support agri-food business partnerships in all African countries in which the Government of Ireland has an embassy. The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

It is intended that any investment by the AADP will be catalytic support with co-funding from the private sector. The fund is designed to leverage greater expertise, experience and investment from the Irish agri-food sector and projects should demonstrate results with a long-term developmental impact that will ultimately lead to sustainable benefits through investment by the private sector. Irish agri-food expertise is extremely wide-ranging and examples of suitable AADP projects include:

  • Business development
  • Production system
  • Technology Transfer
  • R & D
  • Project Management


  • AADP funding is up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a full project or €100,000 for a feasibility study.


  • The partners involved must include one Irish registered agri food company and one local commercial entity in Africa;
  • The project must be commercial in focus;
  • AADP funding will not exceed 50% of the costs of the project;
  • Projects will be supported in the following countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia;
  • Funding from the AADF must bring about additionality and not replace existing funding.


  • Applications to the Fund are now being accepted through the official application form only. Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected]
  • A seminar to provide prospective applicants with further information will take place in July 2017 in Dublin.  Email [email protected] to request an invite.

For more information, visit Africa Agri-food Development Programme.