Home European projects Joint Programming in Kenya – AgriFI Challenge Fund
The European Union's joint programming in the field of development cooperation has been running since 2011 and aims to streamline, harmonize and prevent duplication of member states activities in this area.
SAIDC signed at the end of August 2019 a grant contract with an Irish organization Self-Help Africa (SHA), as part of our joint programming in Kenya, which the Slovak Republic joined by a government decision in 2017. It is a cooperation during the period of 2018-2023 in the agricultural sector, through participation in the AgriFI program and its component No.1: KILIMO-VC (Support for productive, adapted and market-integrated small-scale farmers in Kenya). The Challenge Fund is part of the wider AgriFI program funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments within value chains.
SR contributes to this component with 2,5 mil. EUR. The total allocated sum, together with the EU contribution, amounts to 24,5 mil. EUR. The European Investment Bank will supplement this financing with match-funding up to 50 mil. EUR. Self-Help Africa is the grant manager of the AgriFI program and is the coordinator of the process of selection and contracting of about 50 agricultural enterprises (small and medium-sized cooperatives), among which the total amount of 18.3 mil. EUR (Challenge Fund) will be re-distributed.