USAID/Nigeria COVID-19 Food Security Challenge

April 15, 2021

Nigeria is presently confronted with a food security crisis that is deepened by 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 to 15 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.

We will be hosting a webinar to provide guidance on our goals, the submission process, and to resolve any questions you may have. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 2:00 PM WAT. You may register here to join the webinar.

The application window closes on May 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM WAT. For more information about the Challenge, check our website at or email us at