Request For Concept Note Under The Project Entitled: Improved Delivery Of Seed And Soil Technologies In Mozambique

REQUEST FOR CONCEPT NOTE ISSUED:   2ND AUGUST 2018

EXPIRATION DATE:   15TH AUGUST 2018; 5 PM (LOCAL TIME)

BACKGROUND

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

AGRA has partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to address challenges of linking new crop varieties and improved soil fertility management research outputs to smallholder beneficiaries of IFAD-supported loan programme – Pro-Poor Value Chain Development Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL) in Mozambique. To achieve the above objective, AGRA will work closely with IFAD country teams and Project Coordination Unit (PCU) to strengthen capacities of National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs) in: (i) promotion and dissemination of improved seed and soil fertility management technologies, and (ii) generation, documentation and sharing of knowledge.

To support this strategic partnership, AGRA invites submission of concept notes from NARIs and related organizations in Mozambique to implement interventions that are detailed in section II.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Target Country Proposed interventions
Mozambique Build the capacity of extension agents in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors to help cassava farmers adopt good agricultural practices that raise productivity (One grant)

·       Enhance the capacity of public and private extension service providers to impact farmer groups, commercial and emergent farmers with skills and knowledge needed to increase productivity including adoption of improved cassava varieties and integrated soil fertility management practices. This will be done through

·       Design and execute an outreach campaign aimed at raising awareness for improved cassava varieties and use of fertilizers on cassava production through establishment of and farmer field days in Maputo and Limpopo Corridors.

·       Ensuring availability of planting material for the demonstrated varieties through emergent and commercial cassava cutting agri-businesses accessing materials from IIAM

Building capacity of cassava farmers to improve their access to markets and generate higher incomes (One grant)

·       Map farmer groups, commercial and emergent farmers selling cassava planting materials and SMEs processing cassava products and assess their capacities to effectively exploit available cassava market opportunities.

·       Build agribusiness skills and capacity for farmer groups, commercial and emergent farmers selling cassava planting materials and SMEs processing cassava products to effectively and sustainably access profitable markets. Training will include all aspects of the cassava value chain, from linking farmers to inputs to postharvest handling, storage, quality control, marketing, and access to financial services.

Funding requests for each grant must not exceed $150,000. The period of funding requested can be for a period of but must not go beyond 30th June 2020.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Interested institutions/organizations must meet the following eligible requirements:

  1. Grantees must be operational in Mozambique with valid registration documents.
  2. The organization’s primary business activity must be in Mozambique
  3. The organization’s registration to do business in Mozambique must be current.
  4. The organization must be in a sound financial condition.
  5. The organization must have sufficient existing capability/capacity to perform the proposed work. AGRA may consider limited financial assistance to fund capacity building only if the concept note is determined to be of interest to AGRA.
  6. The organization must have a demonstrated excellent past performance record.
  7. The organization must have accounting systems acceptable to AGRA and corporate integrity/ethics.
  8. The organization must not be excluded from the eligibility to receive AGRA’s donor-provided funds.

If an institution/organization meets the above eligibility criteria AGRA will request additional documentation to be submitted as part of the pre-award process. Organizations are advised that any funds made available are subject to AGRA’s strict accountability and audit test.

No promise explicit or implicit is made to any Institutions/organizations/firms submitting a concept note to AGRA on making any funds available (including reimbursement of document preparation costs).

PERIOD CONCEPT NOTE WILL BE ACCEPTED

This RFCN remains open for a period of 14 days from 2nd August to 15th August 2018. Interested Institutions/organizations may submit their applications any time up to the submission deadline. Concept note submission deadline is 15th August 2018, 5pm Local Time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Institutions/organizations/firms must follow the instructions mentioned below and must submit their applications using the concept note template that can be downloaded in the AGRA website at the link: http://bit.ly/2xKbVMl  and the budget template that can be downloaded in the AGRA website at the linkhttps://bit.ly/2Kl5BvQ

Only those Institutions/organizations/firms whose concept notes AGRA determined to be of interest will be contacted. AGRA will not return any concept notes submitted.

Applications in response to this RFCN must be received at AGRA designated point of applications: rfcn@agra.org. Additionally, any inquiry pertinent to this RFCN should be submitted to the same address. Applications received after RFCN Expiration Date (above) will not be considered.