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Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP)

Added 27.06.2017

Important: Only Irish Agri-Food companies can apply.

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (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.


Eligibility Criteria for all applications

  • 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 and must contribute to sustainable development of the food system within the African country(s) selected. 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;
  • Companies must declare all other funding provided any other Irish or EU Public funding source to be used as funds contributed by the Irish registered company
  • 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 – Botswana, Cóte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia;
    • Funding from the AADP must bring about additionality and not replace existing funding;
    • Successful AADP 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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria for previously successful companies:

  • Previously successful companies may reapply for further AADP funding yet the new application must explain clearly (in the application form) the new project goals/outcomes and how they differ from those in the initial funding round.
  • Applications from previously successful AADP companies requesting funds in excess of the €250K funding cap may be considered for a new project. Further, to ensure development additionality the weighting applied to the ‘Sustainable Development Impact’ evaluation criteria will increase relative to the financial request above the initial €250K cap.
  • In addition to the other evaluation criteria given below, applications from returning companies will also be assessed on the following: performance of the initial project and its impact on the company’s commercial status and the proposed financing model for the new initiative (including the type and quantity of finance to be matched).


Evaluation Criteria – Full Project

  • Sustainable Development Impact (Economic, Social and Environmental)
  • Intervention logic and commercial viability
  • Company experience and expertise
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Analysis of risk, context and possible externalities


Evaluation Criteria – Feasibility Study

  • Likelihood of commercial viability and Sustainable Development impact
  • Quality of evidence justifying the study
  • Study methodology, including monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Company experience and expertise
  • Analysis of risk, context and possible externalities


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


Applications - Full Project (doc 94Kb)    are now being accepted through this application form only.

Applications - Feasibility Study (doc 89Kb)    are now being accepted through this application form only.


The forms must be completed by the Irish applicant company and submitted to The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday, 2nd September 2020