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The CFC (an intergovernmental financial institution) provides financing to organisations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains. Through financial support, the CFC seeks to support implementation of innovative interventions that target new opportunities in commodity markets leading to commodity based growth, employment generation, increase in household incomes, reduction in poverty, and enhancement of food security. The intervention should be scalable, commercially viable and financially sustainable and have a measurable positive impact on the stakeholders in commodity value chains.

The fourth call for interested parties to submit proposals has been extended to 2 May 2014

For full details please download the call for proposals and submission guidelines.

Third Open Call for proposals

CFC concludes technical consideration of projects received in the third open call for proposals

The CFC had invited call for proposals in the last quarter of 2013. There was an overwhelming response to call for proposals. The CFC received over 160 proposals for financing and we would like to thank all proponents who took time to submit their ideas for consideration by the CFC. Priority consideration was given to proposals meeting all basic criteria indicated in the call for proposals, including commodity focus, co-financing, innovation, development impact, clear business and financial model. 

The Consultative Committee of the Common Fund for Commodities met in Amsterdam on 20-23 January 2014. With this meeting, the CFC concluded technical consideration of the proposals received in its third open call. The proposals recommended for further consideration will be considered by the Executive Board in May 2014 which will decide the allocation of funds among proposals recommended for financing.

The Consultative Committee recommended ten proposals for consideration of loan and equity financing, and four proposals for grant/returnable grant financing. The proponents of the projects recommended for further consideration will be contacted directly. 

Due to the high volume of applications, the CFC regrets that it would not be able to provide feedback or enter into correspondence with regard to each submission not recommended for follow-up. The fourth open call for proposals is announced on this web site (www.common-fund.org). Any project proposals meeting basic selection criteria can be re-submitted for consideration in the next round. 

  

Third call for proposals - Projects approved by the Executive Board (May 2014)

The third call for proposals was initiated in August 2013 and the proposals meeting the criteria specified were reviewed by the Consultative Committee (CC) of the CFC in its meeting held in January 2014. The CC had recommended six proposals ranging from dairy production to maize trading to vegetable production for approval. The proposals were reviewed by the Fund’s Executive Board at its 57th meeting held in May 2014. More....

Second Call for Proposals – Projects Approved by the Executive Board

Second call for proposals was initiated in February 2013 and the proposals meeting the criteria specified were reviewed by the Consultative Committee (CC) of the CFC. The Executive Board of the CFC in its meeting held in October 2013 approved ten proposals ranging from sustainable coffee production, outgrower flower cultivation, spices and herbs, dairy and cheese to partnership in Africa Agriculture SME Fund on the recommendations of the Consultative Committee. More....

First Call for Proposals – Projects Approved by the Executive Board

New guidelines for the Operations of the Common Fund for Commodities for the period 2013-2015 were approved by the Governing Bodies in 2012 which mandated the Secretariat of the CFC to invite proposals for funding for commodity development through an open call for proposals. First call for proposals was initiated in October 2012 and the proposals received meeting the criteria specified were reviewed by the Consultative Committee of the CFC. The Executive Board of the CFC approved nine proposals ranging from warehouse inventory credit, micro-leasing to commodity branding on the recommendations of the Consultative Committee. More....