REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR: CONSULTANCY TO ANALYZE FOOD DEMANDS, THE COMPETITIVENESS OF DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAINS THEREBY DEVELOPING STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE TRADE FLOWS OF KEY FOOD CROPS IN SOUTHERN, EAST, AND WEST AFRICA

COUNTRY: Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso; Ivory Coast, Togo

TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT: REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR: CONSULTANCY TO ANALYZE FOOD DEMANDS, THE COMPETITIVENESS OF DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAINS THEREBY DEVELOPING STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE TRADE FLOWS OF KEY FOOD CROPS IN SOUTHERN, EAST, AND WEST AFRICA.

Background AGRA and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) are launching a strategic initiative that will facilitate food trade flows in Africa and beyond.  The Africa Food Trade and Resilience Initiative focuses on promoting regional food trade and food markets through policy predictability and market systems development. This initiative targets AGRA’s 11 priority countries and others in East, West, and Southern Africa that are important to regional food trade in order to improve food security, generate more rural jobs, strengthen resilience, and increase income for farmers.

Objectives and the services include:  The objective of this consultancy is to inform AGRA (and indirectly its partners) on prioritizing and better targeting its interventions in terms of geography, food commodities and points of leverage in the market system per region to capitalize on latent opportunities to grow intraregional food trade.  The focus will be to promote inclusive and sustainable regional food trade for maximum scale and impact on regional food security and income growth. The information collected should provide basis for a framework for prioritizing work on trade, infrastructure, energy, investment, along promising economic corridors with strategic significance to food and agriculture. The methodology will rely on meta-analysis of publicly available information while mapping existing infrastructure projects and policy reforms in the pipeline for each country to minimize overlap and ensure efficiency of policy recommendations. The recommendations should be validated with private sector associations, trade bodies and public institutions facilitating trade and like-minded initiatives. Another study is running concurrently under BMGF and IFPRI to map expected changes in food consumption trends in African countries over the next 10-20 years based on dietary preferences emerging from population growth, urbanization, growth in incomes, consumer education on health etc. It will be important to tap into this analysis as part of synthesizing recommendations.  Geographical focus for the study will prioritize the 14 countries[1] covered by AGRA, natural complementarities in agro-ecologies; complementary market sheds; existence of trade infrastructure (intra and inter regional as well as international –ports, roads, storage, processing etc.).

AGRA now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested 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 associate to enhance their qualifications. A maximum of six (6) qualified firms shall be shortlisted to provide detailed technical and financial proposals.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 10 pages. The Detailed Terms of Reference can be found here

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

Expressions of interest must be sent to procurement@agra.org  by May 27th 2019 at 17:00 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3).

The subject of the email MUST read “EoI Consultancy to Analyse Food Demand”. AGRA shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.

[1] Mozambique, Malawi,, Zambia, , Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso; Ivory Coast, Togo

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