The purpose of the Matching Grant Fund is to provide value chain actors access to finance and financial services to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of their enterprises.
Maximum size of grant is 1,000,000 Birr and the required matching fund from the applicant is 50% of the total project cost.
More information in the attached document (in Amharic)
Second call for AgroBIG Matching Grant Fund
Deadline for submitting the project proposals is January 26, 2021.
A delegation of 20 Finnish decision-makers and opinion leaders visited Amhara region during January 21-22, 2020 in a tour organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of the visit was to familiarise members of parliament, public and private sector representatives and journalists with Finland’s development policy and development cooperation. The delegation was led by Under-Secretary of State for Development Cooperation, Ms. Elina Kalkku, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
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This year AgroBIG is promoting market linkages through Farmers’ Marketing Groups (FMG) and Marketing Task Forces (MTF) created in the eight AgroBIG target woredas. They will enable intensified information sharing between suppliers and buyers and facilitate farmer’s access to market.
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During December 13-16, 2019, managers and experts of three Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (COSACUs) were trained on Leadership and Management. The training was co-organised by Amhara Cooperative Promotion Agency (CPA) and ABIDAB consulting company with the support of AgroBIG. The content was tailored to match the needs of Tana, Adera Densa and Rib COSACUs which are all key partners of the AgroBIG programme.
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National Finance Advisor for AgroBIG Programme
Overall role: Responsible for results-based planning,
implementation and monitoring of activities that relate to the Programme’s
matching grants for agribusinesses and to provision of loan finance to farmers
and other agriculture value chain actors through Savings and Credit
Cooperatives. In line with the Programme core objectives, responsible for
developing the strategy, plans, instruments and guidelines, and their
implementation to ensure an equitable access to finance by farmers, agri-MSMEs
and other beneficiary groups, and that the financial products match with the
needs of diverse clientele.
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Programme for Agro-Business Induced Growth (AgroBIG) in Amhara National Regional State is an agribusiness development programme of the Ethiopian and Finnish governments under Bureau of Finance and Economic Cooperation (BoFEC) as the responsible government coordinating agency.
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Business Development Advisor for AgroBIG programme
Advisor/Cluster focal (BDA/CF), as a new member in the AgroBIG Programme Technical assistance team, will be responsible for facilitating technical support and capacity
building for small-scale entrepreneurs, farmers, farmer groups and primary
cooperatives in agribusiness development, business planning and management.
Particularly women and youth are targeted. Moreover, the advisor will support
sector offices in three woredas to coordinate and supervise AgroBIG activity
implementation and reporting. AgroBIG targets eight woredas in total, located
east and south of Lake Tana.
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AgroBIG has been piloting affordable farm technologies developed by Aybar Engineering PLC in Addis Ababa. These tailored implements have been availed by the Programme to target districts for testing and demonstration, and have been found to save farmers’ time, energy and money. The technologies also help to reduce negative environmental impacts, while increasing crop productivity and quality.
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A cooperative bazaar and exhibition was organized by the Cooperative Promotion Agency in Bahir Dar between 29th May and June 4th 2019 with the objective to promote and connect with buyers and above all stabilize unusually high prices for urban consumers.
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