The agricultural sector is ripe with innovation and transformation potential despite rapidly becoming more susceptible to the harsh impacts of climate change. Agriculture is the world’s biggest driver of nature loss and contributes up to 31% of CO2. There is an urgent need to transform agricultural systems, especially for communities that heavily rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, factors such as unpredictable climate conditions make investing in agriculture seem high risk.
Together with Munich Re Foundation, we are excited to launch the Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature (RAIN) Challenge for non-profit organisations. The RAIN Challenge for non-profits aims to nurture innovative agricultural ideas in East Africa that work to change the risk perceptions of investing in agriculture. The challenge will align potential funders to non-profit organisations and drive attention to the urgent need for locally-led agricultural systems transformation.
We are looking for innovative and scalable nature positive solutions that drive investment in ecosystems and increase resilience while resulting in a stronger and better context for nature positive agriculture to flourish. The initiatives must build resilience for those most vulnerable to shocks and stresses, and include a focus on gender, equity and human rights, and protect biodiversity.
Who can apply?
RAIN for non-profits is open to not-for-profit organisations across public, local civil society, international NGOs and academia in East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).
What will shortlisted applicants receive?
Selected initiatives will receive customised mentoring and a range of support functions including a leadership academy, training in investment brokering and resource mobilisation for non-profits, monitoring and evaluation, as well as communications support. The selected initiatives and their teams will be assisted in identifying challenges and opportunities to become investment or funding-ready. Cash prizes will be awarded to five winners at the end of the mentorship period.
Guidelines for Applicants
Applications are open from 5 May 2023
Applications close on 30 June 2023
Selected non-profits will be announced in the beginning of July 2023
Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.