Funding Opportunities

Solicitation for Private Partnerships for Scaling Small Scale Irrigation - Mali
February 19th, 2021

The goal of this announcement is to identify a private sector partner to collaborate in an activity to catalyze the expansion of irrigated, commercial production by smallholder farmers through a market systems development approach in Mali. With established partnerships with private sector actors to catalyze the expansion of irrigated, commercial production by smallholder farmers through a market systems development approach in Ghana and Ethiopia, ILSSI now proposes a partnership in Mali with a private sector solar pump irrigation equipment supplier. ILSSI will co-fund one selected private sector partner to invest in activities to better understand how to address development and business challenges related to commercialization of small scale irrigation (SSI) in vegetable and/or vegetable seed value chains. The selected partner is expected to implement market-based activities that can expand irrigation adoption, while improving inclusivity of women and resource poor farmers within boundaries of environmental sustainability. ILSSI research partners in Mali and the region will undertake research activities in parallel with private sector partner’s implementation activities.