The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is the new grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the policy priorities Food Security and Water. G4AW focuses on improved and increased sustainable food production and more efficient use of water in agriculture.
The G4AW Facility supports projects that will provide smallholder food producers (farmers, pastoralists and fishermen) with satellite information based products and services. Satellite-based information provides fast, timely and objective data that, once processed, can be used for user-tailored agricultural advices resulting in higher crop yields, water use efficiency, early warnings for drought, flooding, diseases, financial products, etc. .
The G4AW Facility aims at helping the formation of public private partnerships and supporting initiatives of these partnerships to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains. These partnerships may include satellite and geo data providers, telecom providers, IT companies, agro-meteorologists, research institutes, NGOs, extension workers, consultancies, governmental organisations, capacity building organisations, insurance and financing companies, producers of farming input (fertilizers, seeds, etc.).
Who can apply?
The G4AW Facility is open for applications from partnerships between the private and public sector. The partnership consists of at least:
- one Dutch organization and one organisation from the G4AW country targeted;
- one private organization and one public organization.
Additional partners from the G4AW country targeted, or from any other country, can be included.
Countries Partnerships can propose projects that put these information services into operation in the countries targeted by the G4AW Facility.
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The G4AW facility is a tender programme. The application procedure consists of two phases:
the Request for Advise;
The second call for proposals was launched on 11 September 2014. The deadline for submitting a Request for Advise is 28 November 2014. The final deadline for the submitting the Application is 27 February 2015.