Challenge Fund for Agriculture: The Road Thus Far

JUNE 8, 2023: 269 farmers have registered to participate in the Challenge Fund for Agriculture (CFA) during the first call for expressions of interest. Of this number 102 farmers in Grenada and 27 in Carriacou are one step closer to undertaking their project aimed at improving their water resilience having had their farms audited under the CFA. 

The Challenge Fund for Agriculture, a component of the Climate Resilience Water Sector in Grenada (G-CREWS) project is administered by the Grenada Development Bank and provides 50% grant funding towards the purchase of equipment for farmers to implement water-efficient technology such as rainwater harvesting, shade houses, micro sprinklers and drip irrigation systems. 

The technical team attached to the project comprising of Extension Officers and Extension Assistants from the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) are currently conducting audits of the remaining 140 farms. Additionally, design specifications for the projects to be implemented are being presented to the first batch of 59 farmers based on their stated requirements.

Farmers would be expected to implement the project according to the agreed project design and upon completion and certification by the technical team, the grant would be awarded.