CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Programme 2023

Deadline: December 22, 2022

Do you operate an agricultural company, having developed a climate-smart innovation to combat food insecurity and boost resilience in the East and Southern Africa region? Apply to the CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Programme 2023 to get individualized help and funding to commercialize your inventions.

CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Programme 2023

Deadline: December 22, 2022

Food production in East and Southern Africa continues to be seriously threatened by climate change (ESA).

Food and nutrition security further harmed by a lack of climate change resilience, fragmented agri-food value chains, a growing population, as well as food shortages, and rising food prices.

In order to assist agribusinesses in scaling up their climate-smart technologies, the CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator was created.

In order to address urgent issues in the value chains and support the development of stronger and more sustainable food systems, these innovations gear towards agri-food actors.

Aims of the program

The CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Programme’s overarching goal is to:

  • Scale climate-smart food system innovations by strategically supporting climate-smart agribusinesses both profitable and inclusive.
  • Create a pipeline of agribusinesses in East and Southern Africa that are inclusive and climate conscious.
  • Through a six-month program that offers coaching, mentoring, and technical assistance in impact measurement and management (IMM), climate-smart agriculture (CSA), and business development, you may support inclusive climate-smart agribusinesses.
  • Access to cash via derisking grants to grow CSA ideas and business models more so, connecting with private investors for additional funding.


  • Climate-smart agriculture provision Through this program, every agribusiness will work with CGIAR scientists and experts to receive coordinated and specialized evidence-based TA support that promotes adoption and strengthens their CSA practices, solves specific ecosystem concerns, and increases their bankability. Research and data also available to agribusinesses.
  • Provision of Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) Technical Assistance: Agribusiness teams selected for this Program will receive instruction on how to accurately measure and manage impact, use their data to improve business performance, spot opportunities for value creation, and achieve their desired outcome in contributing to positive environmental and social impact. The scientists and specialists in the CGIAR network will deliver this training.
  • Offering Technical Assistance for Investment Readiness: Each agribusiness participating in this initiative will work with IFDC-2SCALE and its network to receive assistance with business development and investment readiness to help them obtain finance from the private sector.
  • De-risking Grant: Four firms will receive USD $20,000 each, in accordance with their business scaling plans, following the conclusion of the accelerator program and Pitch Day.
  • Gaining access to financiers and business associates will help you obtain further finance and possible business prospects.


  • Legally registered company and compliant with all applicable regulations. Please include the following:
  • a Limited Company Certificate of Incorporation or a Partnership Deed for a Partnership Business.
  • accounts for the last two years that have been audited.
  • Names and numbers of references for the company.
  • team make-up.
  • Resumes for the management staff.
  • a certificate of tax compliance.
  • a distinct strategy that takes into account the needs of women, young people, and small-scale farmers within the framework of the business model in at least one of the following areas: ownership, management, workforce, policies, supply chain, and customers.
  • Applicants must be for-profit businesses that can show they are commercially viable and either profitable or on the road to being successful. NGOs, corporate businesses, and consultants not taken into consideration.
  • Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia the nations that they operate in.

Target industries

  • SDGs 8 and 10 are achieved via the CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator, which creates and maintains the economic growth foundations in the agriculture and food sectors.
  • SDG 17: Program-supported partnerships
  • SDGs 2 and 3: Include a plan for ensuring food and nutrition security and engaging consumers directly
  • establishing the framework for sustainable local economies and fair agrifood value chains (SDGs 1 and 5)
  • Promote job creation, decent employment, and inclusive (women and youth) economic growth in line with SDGs 5 and 8
  • SDG 13: The Program gives SMEs access to scientifically grounded research and innovation that increases their capacity to help smallholder farmers, local communities, and partners become more resilient to the effects of climate change.


Apply here by clicking CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Programme 2023.

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