Green Energy Transition for Sustainable Agriculture

Call for Proposals

NDB invites funding proposals / applications from farmers, horticultural producers and all Agribusinesses who wish to implement climate smart interventions. Eligibility will depend on the combined projects' contribution to adaptation, mitigation, economic viability, and other criteria for eligibility.

Deadline for 1st call of Proposals(31 August 2023)

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Successful applicants will receive a subsidy amounting to 65% of the total funding required to implement their investment ideas. The remaining 35% of the investment will be covered by the project promoter. Project promoters will be required to produce proof of viable investment planning and availability of funds for the remaining 35% of the funding before any disbursements of the subsidy can take place. In addition, project promoters will NOT be permitted to raise the remaining 35% from any other publicly available subsidy schemes (should they exist). This is intended to ensure commitment from promoters. Promoters will however be allowed to benefit from public concessionary loans for their 35% contribution should they be available.

Minimum and Maximum Subsidy Amounts

65% subsidies will be made available for investments with a total cost of between BWP50,000 to BWP400,000 i.e. the subsidy per investment will vary between BWP32,500 and BWP260,000.

Requirements and eligibility criteria for applicants

  • Applicant must be over 18 year.
  • Companies must provide valid Company Extract from CIPA.
  • Proof of Land Rights for the farm e.g. Title Deed, Certificate, Tribal Land Lease Agreement.
  • All types of Agricultural enterprises will be eligible for assistance including those involved in non-primary agriculture production. E.g. Agri-processing.
  • All equipment purchases and installations should adhere to the criteria set out in “eligibility criteria for equipment suppliers/installers.”
  • All solar equipment installations must carry a Care and Maintenance contract of 6 months.
  • Applicants applying for the solar water pumping should have Borehole Certificate showing ownership of the borehole and Applicant who lease the borehole must have signed a lease not less than 5 years.
  • Applicants applying for Solar Water Heating must already have running water installed.
  • Applications must be accompanied by at least three quotations from contractors/suppliers and service providers in line with “eligibility criteria for equipment suppliers/installers.”
  • For all irrigation equipment applications, irrigation water must be tested for quality in order to comply with set standards (BOS 463 of 2011).
  • Applicant should meet credit criteria as set at NDB or should be able to contribute from savings.
  • Valid trading license for businesses or farming enterprise and/or proof of agricultural production from the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Evidence of 35% of funds to augment subsidy or positive loan assessment.
  • Final Approval by NDB will be based on the project’s alignment to overall Project objectives.
  • Start-up farming ventures will NOT qualify for the subsidy.
  • Beneficiaries may only benefit ONCE from this program.
  • Vulnerable groups such as people living with disability, youth owned businesses and women will be given priority.
  • Projects showing the greatest adaptation, mitigation and social impact will be at an advantage.

Eligibility Criteria for Equipment Suppliers/Installers


  • Equipment suppliers and Installers are required to provide proven experience.  
    • 3 x traceable references 
    • Company profile
    • Supplier confirmation letter or registration or equal supply chain evidence.
  • Equipment installers should provide Quality assurance in the form of 
    • Codes of practice
    • Professional Standards
    • Maintenance plan + warrantee (6months)
    • Warranty certificates 

Added Advantage

  • Registration with Solar Industries Association of Botswana, Engineers Registration Board, Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (with relevant codes)
  • Installers with additional training certificates

Process for Application

Download and complete application form here : Application Form

Prepare funding proposal

Submit application form and funding proposal to your nearest NDB branch

If successful, pay 35% contribution to NDB

Sign Grant Agreement

NDB Issues Instruction for Installation

Project Implementation

Customer & Installer co-sign Completion Certificate


Frequently Asked Questions

The Green Energy Transition for Sustainable Agriculture will provide subsidies to existing farming enterprises in the agricultural value chain to implement green technology and smart farming interventions.

The objective of the fund is to achieve positive environmental and social outcomes by funding (grants) the implementation of green and smart farming technologies.

  1. Replacement of diesel engines/generators 
  2. Fitting of solar water pumps 
  3. Solar PV
  4. Energy saving solutions in cooling and lighting 
  5. Water efficient irrigation (e.g. drip irrigation) 
  6. Controlled farming environments to improve water and energy efficiency (e.g. shade netting, tunnels, hydroponics
  7. Others

Application forms can be collected from all NDB branches and the NDB website (

Applications can be submitted at all NDB branches.

No. Applications should be submitted with proof of availability of the 35% contribution for consideration on assessment. 

All successful applicants will receive a grant Offer Letter that will amongst other things prompt them to pay the 35% into an NDB account.

No. All successful applicants can only benefit once.

Applications will only be assessed after closure for the “call for proposals” and responses to successful applicants will be given within 1 month from the date of closure.

Yes. All unsuccessful applications will receive communication in writing from the Bank. 

The fund is only available for existing projects.

Yes, both companies and individuals can apply.

All beneficiaries will be required to sign a grant agreement that will outline what is expected from beneficiaries.

Applicants are encouraged to conduct their own research about the current impact of their operations as well as the benefits of any interventions they will propose for funding.

The Bank will be looking for proposed interventions that demonstrate the highest environmental, technical and social benefits. Section 11 of the application from provides guidance to help applicants structure their proposals. 

This project is supported by the IKI Small Grants programme, which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). IKI Small Grants is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.


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