Call for applications from Irish companies to the Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP) 2018

Call for applications from Irish companies to the Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP) 2018

Deadline: March 8, 2018

Applications to the Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP) Fund are now being accepted. The AADP is a joint initiative between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 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.

This programme provides support of up to €250,000 to Irish companies in partnerships with African companies. Projects must be based in Africa, must be commercial in focus and deliver real benefits to local communities.  All state funding is to be matched by the Irish company.  Funds are also available for feasibility studies.


The AADP provides support to Irish Companies operating in or interested in establishing partnerships with African Companies in the countries in which Ireland has an Embassy: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Tanzania.

  • The partners involved must include one Irish registered agri food company and one local commercial entity in Africa;
  • All proposed projects must be commercial in nature and focus. Funding will only be awarded to Irish registered agri food companies.
  • AADP funding is up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a full project or €100,000 for a feasibility study.
  • AADP funding will not exceed 50% of the costs of the project;
  • The funds contributed by the Irish registered agri food company must not comprise funding received from any other Irish Public funding source.
  • If an applicant company was previously successful in applying for AADP funding, it must explain clearly (in the application form) the new project goals/outcomes and how they differ from those in the initial funding round.
  • If an applicant company proposes to undertake a feasibility study, it should include a list of ‘potential’ partners with the application.
  • 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;
    • Successful AADF funding applicants will be encouraged to engage with Irish NGOs where possible on various aspects of the projects i.e. Mechanical and Engineering, Project design, etc.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Development Impact
  • Company expertise (Technical, financial etc)
  • Commercial viability
  • Risk Analysis
  • Monitoring and Expenditure


Irish Agri-Food companies can apply. The form must be completed by the Irish applicant company and submitted to [email protected].

Download the application form.

For more information, visit AADP.