REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: CONSULTANCY TO STRENGTHEN THE CAPACITY OF PARTNERS INVOLVED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PARTICIPATORY SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PASIDP II) IN ADOPTION OF CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE (CA) AND RESILIENT AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

COUNTRY: ETHIOPIA

CLIENT: ALLIANCE FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA

SOURCE OF FINANCE: BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT: A CONSULTANCY TO STRENGTHEN THE CAPACITY OF PARTNERS INVOLVED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PARTICIPATORY SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PASIDP II) IN ADOPTION OF CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE (CA) AND RESILIENT AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES.

Background

Established in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts 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.

Working in collaboration with our partners—including African governments, researchers, development partners, the private sector and civil society— AGRA’s work primarily focuses on smallholder farmers – men and women who typically cultivate staple crops on two hectares or less.

Through our new 5-year strategy for 2017-2021, we aim to catalyze and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation through integrated, country-based investment plans in 11 countries with high potential for success. This transformation will be achieved through innovation-driven and sustainable productivity increases and access to innovative finance and markets to achieve agriculture’s potential as the reliable path to the continent’s prosperity and the best option for youth employment creation.

AGRA has partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to address the challenge of linking new crop varieties and improved soil fertility management research outputs to smallholder beneficiaries of the IFAD-supported loan program – Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Program (PASIDP II) in Ethiopia. To achieve the above objective, AGRA will work closely with IFAD Country Teams and Project Coordination Unit (PCU) to strengthen capacities in: (i) promotion and dissemination of improved seed and soil fertility management technologies and (ii) generation, documentation and sharing of knowledge. PASIDP II supports improved and sustainable watershed management on rainfed areas adjacent to irrigation schemes. This is done through the rehabilitation of degraded lands, promotion of climate resilient technologies, and linking farmers to financing and agri-business services.

Pursuant to the highlighted brief above, AGRA seeks to offer technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) to enhance the capacity of the partners involved in the implementation of PASIDP II in the adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) and resilient agricultural technologies.

Objectives

The overall objective of the assignment is to strengthen the capacity of MoANR staff involved in the implementation of PASIDP II project who include Farmer Training Centers staff on Conservation Agriculture (CA) and resilient agricultural technologies.

The services include:

  1. In collaboration with MoANR and Farmer Research Groups, characterize the biophysical and socio-economic factors that can enhance the uptake CA and soil fertility management in the Ethiopian context.
  2. Identify, characterize and select specific practical solutions from conservation agriculture and resilient technologies/practices that can be promoted, adopted with the potential to increase farmers’ yield in the context of Ethiopia.
  3. Based on selected scalable technologies select a few sites in PASIDP target districts to test a set of technologies and practices that can later scaled up in similar sites, based on the typology.
  4. Conduct a detailed Capacity Needs Assessment for Farmer Research Groups and MoANR staff implementing PASIDP II Project, including Farmer Training Centers and Development Agents (DAs) with regard to selected technologies and practices.
  5. Based on the capacity needs assessment, develop capacity training modules and manuals focusing on participatory approaches and practical solutions of Conservation Agriculture and resilient agriculture practices
  6. Engage Farmer Research Groups and MoANR staff implementing PASIDP II Project including Farmer Training Centers and Development Agents (DAs) in implementing a training and capacity building program.
  7. Recommend practical scale-up approaches of Conservation Agriculture and resilient technologies including use of Village Based Agent models and linkages with enablers such as financial and market service providers in the target geographies.
  8. Develop a monitoring and evaluation system for the capacity building intervention.
  9. Document a Knowledge Management process/approach including best practices and success/impact stories as a result of the consultancy work.

AGRA invites applications from eligible consultants or consultancy firms interested in providing these services. The consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, general qualifications of key staff, and so forth). Consultants may co-bid to enhance their qualifications. A maximum of six (6) qualified consultants/firms will be shortlisted to provide detailed technical and financial proposals.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 30 pages. The detailed terms of references can be found on https://agra.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/TOR_-Conservation-Agriculture-Capacity-Development-under-IDSST-in-Ethiopia.pdf

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the email address provided below.

Expressions of interest must be sent to: procurement@agra.org by close of business on March 13, 2019 at 1700 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3) clearly marked “Conservation Agriculture Capacity Development under IDSST in Ethiopia”.

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