Grant Applications: Lesotho Adaptation of Small-Scale Agricultural Production Project

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SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (SADP)

LESOTHO ADAPTATION OF SMALL-SCALE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION PROJECT (LASAP)

10th ROUND CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS

Background:

The Government of Lesotho is implementing the Smallholder Agricultural Development Project (SADP) with financial support from IFAD and The World Bank. The project covers seven districts – Maseru, Leribe, Botha-Bothe, Berea Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing. The Government of Lesotho has managed to secure a grant from the Global Environmental Facility which is aimed at implementing the Lesotho Adaptation of Small-Scale Agricultural Production project (LASAP) designed to promote resilience in agricultural investments and to build the capacity of Lesotho smallholders and institutions to address climate change impacts on agricultural production.

Priorities:

LASAP invites applications for grants with a maximum duration of two years, focusing on the better understanding of climate vulnerabilities, adaptation and mitigating strategies among small producers.   The grants should focus on the impacts of climate change on the various production value chains and on adaptation options for each sub-sector. There are various interventions but not limited to the ones mentioned : Protected agriculture, irrigation technologies, water harvesting technologies,  conservation agriculture, production of drought tolerant crops, fodder production, rangelands improvement, Heating and cooling systems and introduction of drought tolerant livestock breeds.

Eligible Applicants:

The LASAP grants are limited to applicants with business activities providing benefits or services in the seven SADP districts of Botha-Bothe, Leribe, Berea, Maseru Rural, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing.  Eligible applicants are: a) registered small and medium agriculture-related businesses; b) registered local, district and national associations and cooperatives.

Partnership with Service Providers:

The potential applicants will be required to form partnerships with qualified technical and/or business service provider(s). The service provider(s) would: (i) provide technical assistance and advice to the applicant to clarify the business idea and prepare the application, (ii) work with the applicant to clarify different technical aspects of the activity and prepare an activity implementation plan; (iii) provide technical assistance to the applicant during project implementation and provide the products and services to be delivered according to an agreed schedule; (iv) support the applicant in managing grant funds, including keeping the necessary accounts and collecting contributions from beneficiaries; (v) supervise the inputs of beneficiaries and subcontract technical assistance as necessary; (vi) take the lead in organization and coordination of the planned technology transfer activities including training and demonstrations; (vii) monitor the progress of activities; (viii) support the applicant in the preparation and submission of the required financial and technical reports

Beneficiary contribution:

To engender ownership and to demonstrate commitment, the applicants together with their service providers and other partners should contribute co-financing of at least 40% of the total cost of the project for the larger grants and 20% for the smaller grants. At least 50% of the applicants’ co-financing should be in cash while the rest could be as an in-kind contribution.

 

Deadline and Place for Submission of Applications:

The deadline for submission of applications and all necessary supporting documents is not later than 13th November  2018 at 16:00 pm. Sealed applications should be submitted in four copies (one original plus three copies) and delivered by hand at the office of the CGP Secretariat, Smallholder Agriculture Development Project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security situated at the Department of livestock Services at Moshoeshoe II opposite Lesotho Defence Air wing or Lesotho Agricultural College or the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security – District Agricultural Offices in the seven project districts specifically to the office of the Project Field officer. Applications submitted after deadline will not be considered.

Application Documentation:

The official application forms and further necessary information on drawing up the application will be obtained free of charge at the LASAP Secretariat’s Office at the address: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Smallholder Agriculture Development Project,  P O Box 24, Maseru 100, Lesotho situated at Department of Livestock Services at Moshoeshoe II opposite Lesotho Defence Air wing or Lesotho Agricultural College or the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and District Agricultural Offices in the seven project districts specifically to the office of the Project Field officer. The contact persons are Mr. Rets’elisitsoe Pheko and can be contacted on 22312578 and [email protected]

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