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Smallholder Safety Net Up-Scaling Programme


Geographical area

Microfinance and Finance

Implementation period
July 2020 - December 2023
Total duration
42 months

Total budget
18,000,000 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    3,000,000 EUR
  • Gouvernement suisse
    9,100,000 EUR
  • À chercher
    3,000,000 EUR
  • Bénéficiaires
    2,900,000 EUR

The SSNUP aims to co-finance technical assistance projects carried out by the technical assistance facilities of various impact investors in the field of agriculture, and more specifically in sectors relevant to the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition.

In its first phase, this programme foresees the sustainable strengthening of the safety nets of about three million small family farms, which should result in an improvement of the well-being of 15 million vulnerable and low-income people. The main target of the SSNUP are market actors in the agricultural value chain who are already beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries of impact investor partners. The initiative intends to leverage the good knowledge of agricultural markets of these impact investors to co-finance technical assistance projects with a high potential for economic, environmental and social impact.

The objective of the technical assistance support is to develop, test and scale up agricultural risk mitigation and adaptation instruments that will strengthen existing agricultural value chains and subsequently result in improved incomes and safety nets for family farms. The technical assistance projects will also promote the adoption of more responsible and sustainable business practices and climate-smart agricultural practices in line with agro-ecological principles. In terms of geographical targeting, the programme plans to intervene in low-income countries, as well as selected middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme, co-financed for the time being by the Swiss and Luxembourg Cooperations, is coordinated by ADA. LuxDev will advise and/or represent the Luxembourg Government on the steering committee and will participate in the selection committees for technical assistance proposals.