Mtukula Agricultural Enterprise Fund is a grant-making initiative that has been established to promote and support initiatives that can support smallholder farmers in Southern Africa to develop rural-based opportunities.
The fund has been designed to support small-scale farmers to adopt appropriate technologies, improve and diversify their farm skills, increase productivity, and/or add value to the work.
The MAEF Fund was established by Self Help Africa with donor support to identify and support specific agriculture based initiatives that would benefit small-holder farmers in Malawi and Zambia, and to promote innovative programme development.
The objective of MAEF is to foster and develop new initiatives to support and encourage innovation in rural development in Malawi and Zambia.
The fund aims to support projects that embrace new technologies, improve traditional farming skills, increase agricultural productivity, add value to harvest, and improve post harvest handling and technologies.
Activities that seek to maximize the potential to improve agricultural productivity and agri-business, and that can be scaled up and replicated by smallholder farmers are favoured for support by the fund. The theme for the first call for proposals was women farmers in the agricultural value chain, and four separate initiatives are to receive funding.