The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Berytech launched the second cycle of the Scaling-up Agri-food Innovations (SAFI) project, addressing the need to equip the agri-business sector and rural communities with the technical and financial resources to generate increased productivity, sales and exports while improving producer income.
With $185,000 in support from the USAID-funded Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity, the project, implemented by Berytech, is running the first cycle with 2 SMEs, Dooda Solutions and House Of Lilies. The companies are benefiting from an eight-month incubation, receiving technical and business support, and in-kind grants to scale up.
Calling for Companies
Berytech is calling for companies to apply to the second cycle of the Scaling-up Agri-Food Innovations Project (SAFI), up to three selected SMEs will receive business and technical expertise, training, and one-on-one sessions to improve their skills and further develop their products and services, and up to $25,000 in-kind grant support to develop their scaling plan.
The call will be open starting January 24, 2022, for SMEs offering innovative products or services in agri-food or agriculture that can substitute an imported product or have the potential of export and create jobs for vulnerable communities. In particular, the call is targeting companies with more than three employees, that have existing access to the market and a minimum viable product with high growth potential.
These SMEs will benefit from business foundation programs, 24 hours of tailored one-on-one coaching, facilitated partnerships, and advisory support from the QOOT Cluster. Based on their needs, the selected SMEs will receive up to $25,000 each of in-kind support for further technical assistance, tools, and equipment.
For more information on the selection criteria and procedure to apply, visit the page: https://berytech.org/programs/safi/apply/
About the Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity
The Lebanon Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity is a $57 million multi-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop rural economies in Lebanon through support to the agro-food sector and other industries to unlock local and export sales potential while also creating jobs and increasing farmers’ and worker’s incomes.