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Call for Proposals: 2008 Development Marketplace (Closed)

A competition on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development

Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program administered by the World Bank and supported by various partners that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage projects with high potential for development impact. Incubators and/or their client companies are eligible to apply, as long as they are partners with a local organization.

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What is DM2008?

The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals from all development innovators—civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academia and the private—on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development.

This competitition offers a unique opportunity to turn your innovative idea for sustainable agriculture in developing countries into reality. If selected, your idea could receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years. DM competitions held at the global, regional and country level attrach ideas from a range of innovators including civil society groups, entrepreneurs, academia and business. DM has awarded more than $46 million in grants, supporting projects through their proof of concept phase.

Eligibility criteria

Proposals must address one of the following three sub-themes:

1. Linking Small-Scale farmers to Input-Output Markets
2. Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor
3. Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation

In addition, all innovators must meet a selection criteria and follow the competition guidelines which can be found at

Applications are accepted through March 21, 2008 and will undergo rigorous review by more than 200 development experts. About 100 finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September to vie for grants in person at the DM2008 Marketplace event.

To learn more about the DM2008 competition or to apply online click here or visit

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