Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature (RAIN) Challenge 2024 for Africans

RAIN aims to convert seed-level innovative agricultural ideas that are meeting resilience needs in East Africa and scale them to sustainable business ideas of interest to private investors and funders. The aim is to identify new innovative agricultural initiatives and provide customized support to maximize each initiative’s potential for impact. The challenge will align potential funders to these initiatives and drive attention to the urgent need for agricultural systems transformation.

They are looking for innovative and scalable nature positive solutions that drive investment in ecosystems and increase resilience while resulting in a stronger and better context for nature-positive agriculture to flourish. The initiatives must build resilience for those most vulnerable to shocks and stresses, and include a focus on gender, equity, and human rights, and protect biodiversity. Specific awards will be considered for initiatives with women and young people as end users, and within these women-led and youth-led initiatives are preferred.


  • Open to not-for-profit organizations across the public, local civil society, international NGOs, and academia, as well as for-profit organizations, farmers, and entrepreneurs in East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).
  • They encourage and welcome proposals from youth-led and women-led organizations.


  • Winners will be connected with potential funders, donors, and investors. As well as receive a tailored mentoring program and communications support.
  • The winners will be invited to an investor forum and pitching session in person or virtually. Subject matter experts will facilitate a leadership academy for the shortlisted entrants.
  • Winners will also receive a cash prize after the initial mentoring period and after the leadership academy.

Application Process

Deadline: January 30, 2024

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