Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund

FRICH aimed to improve the lives of poor African farmers by supporting them to bring their produce to European markets and shoppers.


FRICH aimed to find innovative ways to bring more African foods to the continent. It supported new ideas that connected African farmers with global retailers through innovative business partnerships. FRICH achieved results by removing blockages to market access and ensuring European shoppers knew their purchases made a difference to poor farmers.

How to apply

FRICH is not currently accepting applications for project funding. Information on any future funding rounds will be provided on this page.

Background information on the fund

FRICH supported 25 innovative partnerships, these partnerships focused 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. See further information on each of the projects.


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


Published 27 August 2014