Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH)
FRICH is not currently accepting applications for project funding. FRICH supports African farmers by bringing their produce to European markets and shoppers
For DFID funding information visit the DFID Funding Finder
At present, the volumes of food product exports from Africa to Europe are low in comparison to those coming from Asia and South/Latin America. However, this trade in food to UK and other European markets can provide a significant source of income for African smallholder farmers, agribusinesses and agricultural workers in African countries. FRICH aims to improve the lives of poor Africans by connecting them to these markets in an equitable and sustainable way, increasing European imports of food from countries north of South Africa and south of the Sahara.
The FRICH challenge is aimed at the European food sector and finds innovative ways to bring more African foods to the continent. The competitive fund supports new ideas that connect African farmers with global retailers through innovative business partnerships. FRICH achieves results by removing blockages to market access and making sure that European shoppers know that their purchases make a difference to poor farmers.
On 24 October 2012, Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, announced that 15 new projects have been funded (PDF, 41.5KB, 2 pages) as part of the 4th round of FRICH.
In total, FRICH is now supporting 25 innovative partnerships, in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principé, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. These partnerships focus on a range of products including tea, coffee, fresh produce, berry fruits, juice/smoothies, flowers, tilapia fish, beef, baobab, flowers, palm oil, peanuts and vanilla. This website showcases these projects and the developmental impacts that they are working towards.
FRICH is not currently accepting applications for project funding. Information on any future funding rounds will be provided on this website.
To date, FRICH funding has supported the 25 projects listed below. Further information on each of the projects can be found by clicking on the relevant project name.
FRICH is managed by Nathan Associates London Limited on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for International Development. For further information on FRICH please contact:
Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund
Mark Thomas, FRICH Project Director
Nathan Associates London Ltd
1st Floor, Kirkaldy House
99 Southwark Street
London SE1 0JF
Tel: +44 (0)20 7902 7788
Fax: +44 (0)20 7785 9237
Department for International Development
London SW1A 5EG
DFID, Abercrombie House
Glasgow G75 8EA
Tel: 020 7917 7000
Fax: +020 7917 0019
Public Enquiry Point: 0845 300 4100
From overseas: +44 1355 84 3132
Published: 25 March 2013