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DM2008 - Agriculture for Sustainable Development

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Congratulations DM2008 Winners!

More than $4 million was awarded in seed money to 22 innovative projects today at the end of the 2008 Development Marketplace.


The 2008 global competition was co-sponsored by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and GTZ.


Winners represent 16 countries. Most are from Latin America and the Caribbean (8), followed by East Asia and Pacific (6), sub-Saharan Africa (5) and South Asia (3). Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico, India, Vietnam and Brazil have all two winning projects per country.



The 2008 Global Development Marketplace (DM2008) was a grant competition held in collaboration with the  Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) team of the World Bank, entitled “Sustainable Agriculture for Development . The competition sought innovations in three sub-themes: (i) linking small-scale farmers to input-output markets; (ii)  improving land access and tenure for the poor; and (iii)  promoting the environmental services of agriculture in addressing climate change and biodiversity conservation.


This competition offered a unique opportunity to turn an innovative idea for sustainable agriculture into reality. If selected, an idea received up to US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years.

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The DM2008 Marketplace Event


On June 23, 2008, 100 finalists were announced and invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. in September 24-26 to vie for grants at theDM2008 Marketplace event. At the close of the Marketplace, 22 projects were named winners. 


At the Marketplace, finalists preseted their ideas to a high-profile jury comprised of international development experts. They also participated in a series of knowledge exchange sessions and workshops aimed at strengthening their capacity to carry out their proposed project idea.

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