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FDOV: Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security

The next call-for-proposals is expected to open at the beginning of 2018.

The information below is based on previous FDOV calls. The information will be updated once new information is available.


The Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) stimulates public/private partnerships within the sphere of food security and private sector development in developing countries. The programme is divided in two thematic calls: food security and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Food security:

  • Food security proposals should contribute to improving local or regional availability of qualitatively good food and nutrition.
  • Proposals aiming at market efficiency and at making (food) chains sustainable, should focus on national and regional markets.
  • Proposals exclusively concerning non-food trade crops are excluded from this call.

Sustainable entrepreneurship

  • Proposals for sustainable entrepreneurship should aim at inclusive business, positively impacting low-income groups – employees, producers and entrepreneurs alike, or be focused on stimulating female entrepreneurship.
  • Proposals concerning the financial sector are excluded from this call, except when such proposals concern (the set-up of) insurance schemes. 


Participation in the Facility is open to public institutions, businesses, NGOs and knowledge institutions, within a cooperative partnership which encompasses at least one company and a NGO or knowledge institution. The public partner will always be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Preferably the cooperative partnership should additionally include local public institutions.

Involvement of a NGO or knowledge institution is a condition. Of the participating parties, at least one (other than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) should be legally registered in the Netherlands and also at least one should have its legal base in the country in which the activity is being set up. One of the parties will act as (lead)applicant for the partnership. This role can be taken on by either a Dutch or a foreign party.

The FDOV grant will contribute at the most 50% of the financing for a project, with a minimum grant amount of EUR 500,000 and maximum EUR 3 million. This is complementary to the financial contribution made by the partnership.

FDOV is available for 66 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europa. The country list is identical to the Dutch Good Growth Fund – country list.


The project consortium can submit a concept note to FDOV, requesting an informal intake interview. Based on the feedback from the interview, a complete application is developed and submitted to RVO before the closing date. After the evaluation procedure of four months, the winning projects can commence implementation.

Advance Consulting

We advise and support companies, knowledge institutions, NGOs and private parties with relevant project plans, assist with consortium development, project formulation and project management. For more information and a tailor-made offer,  please contact Krisje Theuns-van Hees (

Here you find an example of an FDOV programme which we helped to develop.