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Eligibility and Criteria

Eligibility for TCP Assistance

All FAO member countries can request TCP development assistance, with special attention given to Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and/or Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Middle-income economies can receive TCP funding on a grant basis, with activities focused on providing technical expertise and developing capacity. High-income economies can access TCP funding on a cost-recovery basis only.

All FAO member countries are eligible for TCP emergency assistance on a full-grant basis.

TCP project criteria

To be eligible for TCP funding, all project proposals must meet the TCP criteria set by FAO's Governing Bodies. In particular, TCP projects must:

  • align with national priorities and FAO’s mandate    
    TCP assistance contributes to one or more of the country priorities in the Country Programming Framework. TCP assistance at subregional, regional and interregional level is aligned to the Strategic Framework, regional priorities and/or initiatives as expressed in Regional Conferences, regional technical commissions and other relevant political processes and agreements.
  • address a critical gap
    TCP assistance aims to fill a gap in one of the technical domains in which FAO has a recognized competence and comparative advantage that cannot be provided more effectively by others.
  • ensure sustainable impacts
    TCP projects lead to concrete and tangible outputs, which should lead to a broader impact. TCP assistance should be used as a catalyst for change, as well as a tool to attract funding from resource partners or to enter into co-financing arrangements. The project document should indicate how counterparts intend to follow up activities to ensure sustainability and impact.
  • build government commitment
    Requests for TCP assistance are signed at cabinet level (minister, permanent secretary or similar) to ensure the government's full commitment. At implementation stage, the government nominates a national project coordinator to manage the project and coordinate activities, in collaboration with FAO, at no cost to the project.
  • be gender sensitive
    A gender analysis conducted during project formulation is to address the roles and responsibilities of men and women who will benefit from the project, taking into consideration gender, age, ethnicity, social class and geographic location. The analysis assesses needs in terms of access to and control over productive resources and services, and participation in decision-making.