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Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Competition seeks innovations to improve water and food security, gender equality, and reduce poverty to receive up to $2 million in funding and acceleration support. This is a global fund and USAID/Sweden FARMA II project encourages organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply!

What is Securing Water for Food?
Launched in 2013 and based in Washington, Securing Water for Food aims to finance innovations that help farmers in developing countries to produce more food with less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soils to produce food. Over the previous three rounds of Securing Water for Food, the program has invested $34 million and saved over 250 million liters of water and produced nearly 3000 tons of food in developing countries. The fund is now open for new applications. The available budget for this call is $7.5 million.
 
Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MFA-NL) and the government of South Africa support this competition of innovative ideas and new technologies for better water efficiency and food security to promote sustainable development.
 
Apply now
Do you have an idea that will save water? The application platform is open until October 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT here, where you’ll also find more information on the application process.
 
Securing Water for Food welcomes and encourages high quality applications, especially from women-owned/women-led enterprises and entrepreneurs from developing countries. Awardees will receive between $100,000 and $2 million in funding and acceleration support to bring their innovations to scale. This global call for proposals has an increased focus on cutting-edge, advanced technologies and business models and seeks innovations that benefit the poor and are women-focused and highlight the roles, skills and capacities of women.
 
Want to know more?
To learn more about the Securing Water for Food Round 4 call for innovations, visit securingwaterforfood.org/apply and follow @SecuringWater on Twitter. A live question-and-answer webinar took place on August 31, 2016 and the recorded responses can be viewed at SWFF website. The recording of the webinar (audio + slides) is now available here.

In its first three rounds, Securing Water for Food selected 30 winners out of nearly 1,000 applications from universities, start-ups, and NGOs in more than 93 countries. Innovations range from crops for saline environments and flying water sensor technologies to organic seed protectants that defend against drought and heat stress. Some examples of innovations supported by this fund can be seen here.