We're looking for agro-input suppliers in Njombe and Iringa

We're looking for agro-input suppliers in Njombe and Iringa

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Terms of Reference (TOR) to Supply Agro-input to Smallholders Lead Farmers in Iringa and Njombe Regions

1. General information

1.1 Background

Rikolto is an international network organisation with over 40 years of experience in partnering with food chain stakeholders in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. We build bridges of trust and trade between the food industry, governments, research institutions, financial institutions and farmers’ organisations around one central question: ‘What will we eat tomorrow?’

Rikolto in East Africa secured funding for a 4-year horticultural programme in Tanzania (Grant Contract for External Action of the European Union, FED/2019/213-860), which aims to improve and increase market competitiveness in the sector supplying both domestic and international markets. The project “Building Inclusive and competitive Horticulture Businesses in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands” will run from 2020 to 2024 covering Southern Highlands regions Iringa, Katavi, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe.

Rikolto’s global strategy is directed towards structural changes in the agri-food system and upscaling of well-functioning practices and policies that unlock the farming potential of a critical mass of small holder farmers. Clear structural change/up-scaling agendas are agreed upon for which specific strategies and actions are developed. This is followed by the design of concrete interventions in pilot chains in order to experiment, learn and build evidence to influence the agreed changes.

As in the case of other programmes implemented by Rikolto in Tanzania, Rikolto partners with governments (and their institutions) in service provision by working on some key issues and piloting a private-public service delivery mechanism. This includes working on issues like quality control and food safety, facilitating public-private sector dialogues and piloting new innovations, among others. Rikolto builds the capacity of the member business organisations (apex private sector business organizations, apex, secondary and primary farmer organisations) to engage the government to increase efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery in areas regarded as public goods (road, large irrigation schemes, electricity etc.) and to draft policies to create a conducive business environment. NGO roles largely revolve around support to the civil society and private sector and not to facilitate or build the capacity of governments to deliver services which largely fall under bilateral donor programmes.

We are currently looking for agro-input suppliers to support establishment of demonstration plots that focus on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Njombe and Iringa, covering 126 villages. The agro-dealers shall be responsible to provide trainings in order to improve the access to Business Development Services (BDS) for horticulture smallholder farmers in these targeted villages.

1.2 Project Summary

Impact: To improve the performance of Tanzania’s horticulture sector, the inclusion of smallholder farmers in it, and its contribution to job creation and nutrition security

Program Outcomes:

  1. To increase the profitability of the horticultural sector for smallholders and traders in Iringa and Njombe regions.
  2. To increase competitiveness of the horticulture sector in 7 LGAs (Iringa Rural, Kilolo, Mafinga, Mufindi, Ludewa, Wanging’ombe and Njombe DCs) in Southern Tanzania.

Program Outputs:

  1. A total of Business Development Services (BDS) for farmers engaged in horticulture production.
  2. Increased profit margins for members of the farmers organisations and other value chain actors through improved trading relationships and efficiency within the horticulture value chain.
  3. Improved sector governance and coordination mechanisms through strengthened horticulture platforms and member-based organisations.
  4. Increased consumption of high nutritious diets through women and youth participation in sustainable nutritional sensitive horticulture value chain in the targeted region.

Targets as Expected Deliverable During Agro-input Supply:

  1. A total of 58 demonstration plots each with the size of 0.25 acre to be established, 9 avocado nurseries to be established (30x15M) and certified, 3 greenhouses (30x8M) to be installed and 11 demonstration plots each with 0.25 acre with Climate Smart Agriculture especially dripping irrigation systems to be installed in these two regions.
  2. To support trainings of 8,040 smallholder farmers in these demonstration plots and avocado nurseries in these two regions.
  3. To ensure adoption rate of 10% of the total smallholder farmers trained in these two regions.
  4. To ensure availability and sustainable supply of agroinput to local agrovet at the ward level.
  5. Provision of extension services to all green houses, avocado nurseries and demonstration plots established

1.3 Vision and Approach of Rikolto on BDS

For smallholder farmers to build more resilient farming enterprises, it is necessary not only to identify and support the development of agricultural business opportunities but also to foster support services that enable smallholder farmers to flourish.

Rikolto adopted following three main approaches:

  1. The value chain approach, which focuses on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery within the chain. The offering of services is shifted either up, down or sideways by bringing other service providers into the chains. Policies and regulations are looked at as an externality to the chain and handled as policy advice issues to be dealt with by their associations in their interactions (occasionally) with the government.
  2. Market system development approach, which is anchored on the alignment of key market functions, actors and service providers to enable them to work more efficiently and inclusively in the future, based on the incentives and capacities of market players. The approach focuses on stimulating a change in the behaviour of market players – public and private, formal and informal – so that they are better able and motivated to perform important market functions effectively.
  3. Sustainable sector transformation approach, which focuses on promoting sector collaboration to address critical constraints in the sector such as the availability of quality BDS. BDS innovation arises from an evolutionary approach through continuous interaction between the market actors which leads to the co-development of new services which meet the critical needs of the sector.

Rikolto sees opportunities to work with private sector agribusiness companies to leverage the resources from this sector and expertise in the EU funded horticulture programme. As a result, Rikolto aims to build mutually beneficial partnerships between public sector, private sector, and horticulture producers through small project partnerships such as provision of access to high quality farm inputs (seeds, fertilizer) impeded with extension services, different farming technologies etc. This will catalyze demand of various services essential to improve the productivity, quality & volumes and access to market in the horticulture subsector through partnering with these agribusiness companies in the horticulture food systems. Each private player will have specific responsibility along the chain where risks and benefits will be shared among players.

Rikolto’s and ASF Role during the Agroinput Supply 1. Agronomos Sin Fronteras (ASF) and Rikolto will provide technical backstopping to the selected agro-input supplier. 2. To support the selection of lead farmers during development of demonstration plots at village level.

2. Procedure to Apply

Agribusiness SMEs are invited to submit their business cases with the following documents:

  • TIN Number
  • Registration Certificates
  • CV of the extension officers who will support smallholder farmers trainings
  • Business Licence
  • Proforma and detailed proposed budget
  • References with detailed contact address of at least 3 organizations in which the consulting firm provided similar services recently

Send your proposal via email to eastafrica [at] rikolto.org by 22 October 2021 and indicate "Agro-input Iringa and Njombe" in the subject line.