Opportunities at Land O’Lakes Venture37


 Request for Applications (RFA)

Dairy Nourishes Africa – Building Inclusive Livelihoods through Dairy (DNA-BILD)

Dairy Challenge Fund

RFA Number:                                                      RFA-BLD-2023-00


 Deadline for Questions:                                      17 April 2023, 17:00 East Africa Time (EAT)

Application Deadline:                                          2nd May 2023, 17:00 EAT

Anticipated Award Mechanism(s):                   In-Kind Grants

Eligibility:                                                                Tanzanian female and/or youth dairy farmers; Tanzanian women- and/or youth-owned dairy cooperatives, private and commercial dairy farms, milk aggregation enterprises, dairy input suppliers, artificial insemination technicians, milk processors, private milk aggregation enterprises. See Part C for details.

Submit Questions and Applications to:           Viola Millinga, Grants Specialist (VJMillinga@landolakes.com)

 Venture37 reserves the right to make a single award, multiple awards, fund parts of an application, or not make any awards. Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of Venture37. All costs incurred in the preparation of an application are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

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Venture37 Program Description

Land O’Lakes Venture37 – funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) – is implementing the Dairy Nourishes Africa – Building Inclusive Livelihoods through Dairy (DNA-BILD) activities from July 2022 to July 2024.

DNA-BILD expands upon early successes of DNA and is intentionally designed to complement and leverage DNA’s participation in the newly launched Tanzania Inclusive Processor-Producer Partnerships in Dairy Project (TI3P), of which Venture37 is an implementing partner. DNA-BILD aims to impact resource-poor, opportunity-constrained stakeholders across the dairy value chain that would otherwise not be engaged by TI3P, particularly women and youth, to enable inclusive, climate-smart, economic, and innovative development in the dairy sector. This will be achieved by a) growing consumer demand, b) driving enterprises to full potential, c) increasing farmer productivity and sustainability, and d) strengthening the operating environment.


All grants are competitive in nature and subject to a cost share requirement. All grants awarded will be In-Kind Grants in order to directly distribute goods and/or provide services purchased by Land O´Lakes Venture37 to the grantee. No payments will be made directly to the grantee.

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Dairy Challenge Fund

Purpose: To scale up FAEs and resource-constrained, women and youth smallholder farmers to adequately invest in improved and innovative agricultural practices that sustainably intensify production and enhance climate resilience. FAEs will use the Dairy Challenge Fund to improve or adopt appropriate innovations that will enhance production, profitability, processing of dairy quality products and last mile distribution of affordable dairy products to low-income communities.

Examples of activities supported: Improvement of processing such as bulk pasteurizer, milking equipment, milk quality testing equipment, support forage production by increasing smallholder dairy farmers’ (SHF) access to forage seeds, fodder chopper and tree seedling material. On last mile distribution support of FAE will target access to distribution facilities such as mobile trolleys and display fridges.

Eligibility: DNA-BILD’s target recipients for in-kind matching grants are FAEs, cooperatives, smallholder dairy farmers (SHF), dairy input suppliers, milk collection centers and offtake markets in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions. The principal eligibility criteria for consideration to receive a grant from BILD include:

  • Organization or business is legally registered or otherwise formally recognized by local authorities
  • The enterprise has a minimum collection or processing capacity of 100 litres per day.
  • Preference will be given to organizations or businesses majority-owned by women or youth or with demonstrably strong women and youth membership and participation.
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Eligibility criteria

All applicants must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for consideration:

  • Must be a female or youth (18-35 years of age) dairy farmer; or a female- or youth-owned dairy cooperative, milk aggregation enterprise, dairy input supplier, artificial insemination technician, milk processor, or private milk aggregation enterprise.
  • A smallholder dairy farmer must be a member of a recognized dairy farmers group, dairy cooperative society, or supplying milk directly to processor in a region or district mentioned in the table below.
  • A smallholder dairy cooperative society, a milk collection center (MCC) or milk aggregator must supply to small-scale processor in a region or district mentioned in the table below.

A milk processor must buy milk from individual dairy farmers, a dairy farmers group or cooperative, and/or private MCC/milk aggregators in a region or district mentioned in the table below.

  • An input supplier must be a direct supplier of dairy inputs to one or more dairy farmers groups or cooperatives, private MCC or milk aggregators, and processors in a region or district mentioned in the table below.
  • An AI technician must have offered regular AI services for more than one year to at least two dairy farmer cooperatives
  • Must exist under the laws of the Government of Tanzania and must be in compliance with all applicable civil and fiscal regulations and registration requirements.
  • Neither the organization/entity, its President, Board members or other key individuals in the organization appear on the list of restricted parties that have been denied, debarred, sanctioned, or prohibitedexport privileges or with whom S. citizens may not do business.
  • Must be located in one or more of the following regions/districts: