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Public Sector Window

We are unique in how we deliver and channel aid, making innovative, catalytic, and integrated investments to achieve transformational change in agriculture and food security.

Our Approach

GAFSP provides grants to low-income country governments in support of national agricultural and food security investment plans developed in a participatory way with their own farmers, agribusinesses, technical experts, and civil society organizations. These grants range in size from $8 million to $50 million and support innovative public and private sector activities, focused on smallholders. In many countries, GAFSP funding has sparked and supported transformational projects by providing large grants to technically strong projects where the funds are needed most and ready to be used. 

The Public Sector Window operates in a highly competitive manner, with countries contending with each other to present the best project proposals against clear and rigorous criteria. The proposals are assessed by a high-level Technical Advisory Committee and the selected projects are chosen by consensus by stakeholders on GAFSP’s highly inclusive Steering Committee, which is comprised of representatives of donors, recipients, supervising entities, and civil society organizations. Through its partnership model, recipient countries not only receive funding from GAFSP, but can mix-and-match technical expertise from all agriculture multilateral institutions based on their needs.

Our Portfolio

The Public Sector Window has provided $1.2 billion in grant funding to 48 projects in 31 countries. All combined, over the life span of the projects, they will impact more than 12 million rural people. As of December 2017, we disbursed over $583 million to low-income country governments to carry out projects designed in partnership with Supervising Entities.

Missing Middle Initiative

In 2016, we launched a pilot initiative, the Missing Middle Initiative, that is focused on producer organizations (POs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In an effort to reach smallholder farmers more directly, these grants are smaller than the average Public Sector Window projects and the funds are channeled through POs/CSOs/SMEs collaborations with Supervising Entities.
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Call for Proposals

GAFSP supports recipient-led processes during Public Sector Window project design and implementation. Before the projects are even selected, the recipient country is in the driver’s seat: designing the project, holding consultations with stakeholders (including civil society organizations), and identifying partners and Supervising Entities to work with. Public sector project proposals must be submitted by recipient governments and fully integrated with countries’ own agriculture and food security strategies, national budgets, and overall development strategies, ensuring that interventions are truly driven by countries’ own visions for their development.

In assessing Public Sector Window project proposals, the Technical Advisory Committee considers country need, country readiness to implement, and proposal strength.  This means that countries with the highest level of need, a good idea, and readiness to implement the project receive funding first. Recipient countries have put forward strong, innovative proposals in response to GAFSP’s competitive, open calls for proposals, which then compete for funding against other countries instead of competing internally against other issues.
GAFSP projects focus on country-led investments in one or more of the five key components: raising agricultural productivity; linking farmers to markets; reducing risk and vulnerability; improving non-farm rural livelihoods; and technical assistance and institutional support. A more detailed scope of the Program is reflected in the Framework Document.

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