FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Sustainable Agriculture for Development

Posted on 30 January 2008. Filed under: Agriculture and Rural Development, Announcements, Funding | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development. This could be an opportunity for disabled farmers or Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) with innovative ideas to receive funding support for their project proposals.

Applications for funding grants are being accepted through March 21, 2008. More than 200 development experts will review the applications and choose 100 finalists. These finalists will be announced in June and invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September. These finalists will then compete for grants in person at the (DM2008 Marketplace event. If your idea is chosen, it could receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for projects lasting as long as two years.

Civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academica, and the private sector are all welcome to submit proposals. Proposals must address one of the three sub-themes for the competition:

  1. Linking Small-Scale Farmers to Input-Output Markets: How can small-scale farmers, with or without disabilities, become better connected to the buyers who want to buy their agricultural products?
  2. Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor: How can poor people, especially women, gain better access to land so they can use it productively?

    Do people with disabilities in your country face extra barriers in buying, inheriting, keeping, or using land for agriculture? If so, then perhaps this could be an opportunity to propose an idea for a project that could help remove these barriers. If you decide to pursue this idea, bear in mind that the DM2008 is not targeted at disability issues. You may need to tailor your ideas to match DM2008 criteria. You may also wish to document the problem for the DM2008 development experts so they will better understand the need to address it. (What are the barriers? How many disabled farmers are affected? How are they affected? What are the relevant laws and policies in your country? etc.)

  3. Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation: How can agriculture be done in a way to minimize harm to the environment?

For more information about Developmentment Marketplace 2008, eligibility criteria, and how you can apply, follow the link to:

Proposals must be submitted in English. However, guidelines and step-by-step instructions are available in English, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. French translations are forthcoming. At:

Applications will need to be submitted on-line at However, people who are unable to use the on-line application form can contact the DM2008 organizers at

We Can Do gathered the information for this blog post from the World Bank’s Development Marketplace 2008 web site. Any inquiries about this competition should be directed to the DM2008 organizers: please follow the links provided above for more detail.

Find a few more possible funding sources for your DPO’s innovative project ideas. Be aware that funders usually do not have enough funding available for everyone who applies. Also, each funding source will have its own strict criteria for the kinds of projects they support: always read instructions carefully or contact the funding source (NOT We Can Do) with your questions.

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