Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV)

The Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) encourages public-private partnerships in the field of food security and private sector development in developing countries. This means that government bodies, the industry and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or knowledge institutions form a collaborative venture with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In return they can be eligible for a subsidy. It is currently not possible to apply for a FDOV grant.

Combining expertise

The objectives are to improve the food security situation and to strengthen the private sector in developing countries, in the best interests of the overall population. To achieve this, it is often necessary to combine the innovative capacity and economic sustainability of the market, with government regulation and social responsibility.

By combining expertise, a partnership between government, industry and NGOs or knowledge institutions can be of huge value in identifying innovative solutions, efficient and sustainable business models, and the inclusive participation by entrepreneurs and producers.


FDOV projects are located in countries mentioned in the Country list FDOV. They have to fulfill the criteria mentioned in the 'Formal Requirements and Criteria' guidelines. You can find the official guidelines on the FDOV Publications page.

Get inspired

Read about the project Flying Food in Kenya and Uganda, where a consortium of Dutch and African partners are improving food security by cricket farming. Or watch a short film about a public-private partnership in food commercialization in Tanzania. Read more showcases on FDOV.

FDOV projects, either active on or started after January 2015, can be found at the aiddata.rvo.nl portal. This portal offers an overview of all official development aid (ODA) projects and programmes executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). You can refine your search by using filter options such as country, sector and programme.


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