The department for international development is calling on food retailers and suppliers interested in increasing Afro-European trade to apply for support from a new £4m fund.

The Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund – open for applications now – is open to UK and EU food retailers as well as branded suppliers and project partners.

Applicants must demonstrate how they would help improve the livehoods of African farmers, farmworkers or entrepreneurs sustainably. They must also show potential for commercial sustainability.