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Feed the Future Senegal Cultivating Nutrition
The purpose of the five-year Feed the Future Senegal Cultivating Nutrition activity (“Cultivating Nutrition”) is to improve diets among the Senegalese population, particularly young children and women of reproductive age, in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI). Increased access to diverse, nutritious, and safe foods along with increased adoption of nutrition and care practices will lead to increased consumption of a healthy diet. Ultimately, improved diets will reduce risks of undernutrition and overnutrition, both of which hamper human health, productivity, and economic growth.
Cultivating Nutrition is an integral part of USAID/Senegal’s new Economic Growth For All (EG4ALL) Project (2018-2023)1 , which aims to reduce poverty and undernourishment among beneficiaries via increased incomes, consumption of nutritious and safe diets, and environmental capital. EG4ALL includes five components: Value Chain Services; Nutritious Food System Services (primarily addressed by Cultivating Nutrition); Entrepreneurship and Vocational Development Services; Policy Systems Services; and Sustainable Ecosystem and Fisheries Management.
The overall goal of Cultivating Nutrition is to increase consumption of nutritious and safe diets year round. A nutritious diet pertains to the adequate diversity and quantity of nutrients needed for a healthy, productive life. To effectively prevent undernutrition, diets must also be safe, meaning that they are free from contaminants and pathogens that can impair the body’s ability to absorb and retain nutrients. Furthermore, a nutritious and safe diet delivers the needed nutrients in the needed quantities, avoiding over-consumption, particularly of added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats.
Deadline: July 24, 2017
All qualified U.S. and non-U.S. organizations (other than those from foreign policy restricted countries) are eligible to apply. Pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 200.400(g), it is USAID policy not to award profit under assistance instruments such as cooperative agreements, and as such, for-profit organizations must waive profits and/or fees to be eligible to submit an application. Forgone profit does not qualify as cost-share or leverage.
USAID intends to award one Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $40 million in total USAID funding over a 5 year period. The ceiling for this program is $40 million. Actual funding amounts are subject to availability of funds. Recent budget estimates indicate a broad range of potential total funding that will be available for this program, currently estimated between $25 million and $40 million. Applicants should take the potential budget fluctuations into consideration when designing their proposed approach. Applicants will be evaluated on their demonstrated ability (as described in the application) to successfully adapt to potential funding fluctuations.