Consultancy: Establishment of Hydroponics demonstration program in Mbeya

Consultancy: Establishment of Hydroponics demonstration program in Mbeya

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Establishment of Hydroponics demonstration program in Mbeya

Terms of reference for establishment of Hydroponics demonstration program in Mbeya General Information

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’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.
Rikolto in East Africa secured funding for a 4-year horticultural programme in Tanzania, which aims to improve and increase market competitiveness in the sector supplying both domestic and international markets. This will run from 2020 to 2023 covering southern highlands regions of Tanzania especially covering Iringa, Katavi, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe.


For Increased access to sustainable Business Development Services (BDS) for farmers and other horticulture value chain actors, Rikolto is Looking for Service providers who can design, demonstrate, and build capacity to farmers on Hydroponics farming technologies with an objective to increase productivity and promote sustainable horticulture farming in Urban settings. The plan is to work with pro poor horticulture farmers especially by focusing on urban setting-urban farming. The technology has proved to be useful and beneficial to urban farmers who usually experience Land shortages or lack of enough space for cultivating. Hydroponics farming technology uses small area with high productivity

Scope of work: The scope of work includes and not limited to the following. 1. Conduct Field assessment of proposed hydroponics farms in Mbeya city 2. Conduct Installation of 2 Hydroponics demo plots in collaboration with farmers 3. Conduct practical training on Hydroponics farming technology to farmers 4. Conduct field monitoring of established Hydroponics farms and monitor adoption rate

Expected Deliverables: The Service provider will be expected to ensure the following deliverables are in place as a proof of their successful completion of the tasks 1. Two hydroponics farms established and functional 2. 14 smallholder farmers trained on hydroponics technology 3. Promote adoption of the technology after demonstrations

Procedure to apply: Qualified candidates (either Individual Consultants or Consultants Firm) are invited to submit their Technical and Financial proposal with the following documents:

  • Company profile and track record experience.
  • Technical proposal and financial Budget quotation for establishment of two hydroponics farms
  • Proposed Technical team to undertake the assignment

Send your proposal via email to eastafrica [at] latest by 8th December 2022 indicating "Mbeya Hydroponics program" in the subject line.