Cultivate Africa’s Future 2 – Operations
This project will support the implementation of the Cultivate Africa's Future Fund Phase 2 (CultiAF-2) by covering the operational costs, including salaries and benefits, travel, and office costs. CultiAF is a partnership between IDRC and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research that was created in 2013. CultiAF supports research to achieve long-term food security in eastern and southern Africa. Phase one (CultiAF-1) funded eight projects in five out of ten focus countries (Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). On June 23, 2017 a second phase for CultiAF was signed as part of a ten-year partnership between the two organizations.
The main objective of CultiAF-2 is to improve food and nutrition security in eastern and southern Africa by funding applied research to develop and scale up sustainable, climate-resilient, and gender-responsive innovations for smallholder producers. CultiAF-2 will focus on four key priorities targeting smallholder farmers: improved productivity and incomes and reduction in post-harvest losses; improved gender equality; linking agriculture, nutrition, and human health; and climate change and sustainable water management. It will focus on the same countries as CultiAF-1 (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) while also funding the scale up of successful innovations from CultiAF-1.