KCOA Malawi Call

About KCOA

This call for Entrepreneurs for Rural Access is part of the Knowledge Centres for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) in Africa project funded by GIZ. It is part of the “One World - No Hunger” initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). KCOA is being implemented in all regions of Africa through knowledge hubs and partners. The first phase started in 2019 and ends in 2023. The overall goal is to create an innovative strategy for promoting organic agriculture throughout Africa.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants: one person or teams of up to 4 young people can submit a proposal  
Age: All applicants must be under the age of 30 years
Country:  Malawi
Application submission: you need to be registered and logged in on the Access Agriculture website before you can submit an application form
Register here: www.accessagriculture.org/user/register
If you are already registered then login here: www.accessagriculture.org/user

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Proposal Guidelines

  • Individuals or teams of up to 4 people can submit a proposal
  • Each person can only be part of one proposal
  • You must be registered on the Access Agriculture platform
  • Submission of proposals is only through our online system
  • You need to present the key ideas of your business proposal as laid out in the submission form
  • The form must be filled in on-line (it can be saved before finalising and submitting)
  • No email or other type of applications will be accepted
  • Proposals need to be submitted before 21st November 2020

For any clarifications, please first check the FAQ here before contacting the coordinator: jane@accessagriculture.org


Questions on the application

We suggest you consider each of the questions below and work on the answers to the questions.

  1. What motivated you to apply for this challenge fund? (100 words maximum)
  2. What problem/s in your community do you think you would be able to solve using a smart projector and showing videos? (100 words maximum)
  3. Who is your target audience/anticipated clients (projects, farmer groups, organisations, individuals)? (100 words maximum)
  4. How do you plan to generate revenue in rural communities from using the smart projector? (250 words maximum)
  5. How many farmers in the surrounding rural communities do you expect to reach per month for video screening? (100 words maximum)
  6. What strategy will you use to reach the number of farmers mentioned? How will you mobilise these farmers to view videos? (250 words maximum)
  7. How will you reach youth and women in your target communities? (100 words maximum)
  8. If you already have a business, how will the projector add value to your current business? (If it is a new business, what other associated services can you offer to the targeted audience along with the video viewings?) (250 words maximum)
  9. How will you share your experiences of using the smart projector with Access Agriculture? (100 words maximum)

Apply Online

Remember you must be registered and logged in to fill in the application form


Selection Process

  • A committee of communication and development professionals will review and assess the proposals based on the novelty and strength of their business proposal in promoting organic agriculture with Access Agriculture Videos.
  • A shortlist of pre-selected applicants will be developed by the committee.
  • The pre-selected applicants will be informed via email and phone call.
  • An online interview will be held with shortlisted applicants.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be informed about the outcome of the interview 2 days after.
  • 4 winners will be selected in each country.
  • The selected winners will have a face-to-face meeting with the ERA coachto clarify roles and reporting, before the smart projector is handed over to them.

Implementation required for winners

  • If you are a winner, you will be expected to sign a code of conduct document that stipulates you will continue using the smart projector to show Access Agriculture videos for at least 18 months to grow your business and regularly report back to Access Agriculture, after which the projector will become your property.
  • All winners are obliged to start activities within 3 months after signing the code of conduct.

Apply Online

Remember you must be registered and logged in to fill in the application form

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