Nigeria is presently confronted with a food security crisis that is deepened by the COVID-19 global pandemic and its negative consequences on the food value chain in the country. The pandemic has severely affected an already weak agri-food system and value chain across the nation. Millions of people, and especially the most vulnerable households, are threatened with hunger and malnutrition due to the socio-economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and large-scale disruption to food production, processing, distribution, and marketing systems.


In response to this crisis, USAID/Nigeria seeks to collaborate with commercially viable youth-led and mid-stage companies that are already operating in food production, processing, and/or distribution across Nigeria. USAID is requesting that these partners assist farmers and other stakeholders in the food value chain to increase agricultural productivity and food security within the next six months.

The Challenge anticipates awarding 15 to 25 youth-led companies up to $75,000 each and awarding 10 to15 mid-stage companies up to $150,000 each. The winners will receive funding and technical assistance to rapidly expand their food production or food security activities to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s food value chain and improve the resilience of vulnerable households to the negative impacts of the pandemic

Webinar To Provide Guidance On Submission

There will be a webinar to provide guidance on our goals, the submission process, and to resolve any questions you may have.

Webinar Date:                  April 28, 2021

Time:                                 2:00 PM WAT.

Please register here to join the webinar:

Application closes:           May 9, 2021

Time:                                 5:00 PM WAT

For more information about the Challenge, view their website at https://www.usaid.gov/innovation/nigeriacovid19

or email NigeriaCOVID19challenge@resonanceglobal.com 

Please help share the challenge call with your networks, display on your social media channels, and encourage eligible companies to apply for the Challenge.

We deeply appreciate your support


We hope you were able to join, but if you were unable to attend, we have uploaded the webinar recording here