Duluth, Georgia, USA: AGCO Agriculture Foundation, a philanthropy arm of global farm machinery giant, AGCO Corporation, that focuses on preventing and relieving hunger through sustainable agricultural development, on Monday, announced the launch of its refined Call for Applications for Grant (CAG) 2023 for one of its key focus areas: Advancement of quality education, research and innovation in agriculture. The Foundation invites non-profit organisations and public universities and educational institutions registered and recognised as charitable or non-profit organisations under the law to apply for grant funding by submitting a project proposal with grant funds of US$200,000 – US$450,000 for a project spanning two to three years.
“Building the capacity of our farmers is crucial to boosting and strengthening their skills towards increasing productivity,” said Roger Batkin, Board Chair of the Foundation. “Through the refined Call for Applications for Grant, we have increased our grant funds to support projects targeted at empowering farmers, equipping young people for viable careers in the agricultural industry and strengthening capacity and skill development for women and farming communities,” Roger Batkin added.
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“AGCO Agriculture Foundation focuses on a farmer-centric approach and impact-driven initiatives for a food-secure world. In alignment with both AGCO’s purpose to deliver farmer-focused solutions to sustainably feed our world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG-4) on ‘Quality Education,’ the Foundation recognises the importance of facilitating access to quality agricultural education and training programmes that support agricultural transformation, enhancement of capacity building and skill development of farmers, including youth and women” AAF said.
Through community investment software partner, Benevity, the Foundation grant application platform will run the CAG 2023 cycle from September 11, 2023, to October 13, 2023. The 2023 CAG strengthens the Foundation’s vision to its strategic focus areas and seeks proposals that increase the capacity of farmers, farming communities, young people and women. The grants will facilitate access to the resources, training, activities, and support farmers’ needs to continuously improve their practices, build resiliency and improve their profitability and contribute to a food-secure world.