CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR CONDUCTING WEEVIL RESEARCH STUDY ON PULSES

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR CONDUCTING WEEVIL RESEARCH STUDY ON PULSES

13/05/2019
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INTRODUCTION

Rikolto East Africa in partnership with Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is supporting the implementation of a project that aims at Expanding Pulses Market in and from Tanzania. This project is private sector driven and is piloted in Manyara region for two years (2018-2019). The project is done under the name of Tanzania Pulses Network (TPN) with a major focus of diversifying pulses market to high quality and value adding markets possibly EU and other potential niche markets.

Under this context Belgian DGD funding was attributed to support among other activities research on weevil prevention and combat methods as well as on the potential of organic production of pulses. The funding runs until end 2019 and does not cover fundamental research given the large project cycles and budgets linked to fundamental research and the need to obtain immediately implementable results

BACKGROUND OF ASSIGNMENT

Lucrative Western export markets require high-quality products while currently most Tanzanian pulses are exported to low-quality markets in Asia and non‐quality sensitive regional markets. Weevil and pesticide issues have been earmarked to be one of the major complex challenges that require in‐depth understanding of insect reproduction cycles and farming practices. These issues are currently difficult to address adequately at exporter level (in case of weevils mostly through fumigation) while they lead Tanzanian products to be currently ranked at B and C level. In contrast, Western markets require A‐level products. Resolving those two challenges is thus a sine qua non condition to strengthen position of Tanzanian products on export markets.

Thus, TPN project is hiring a consultant to synthetize the state of the art on weevil research in pulses. This synthesis is aimed at giving an overview of weevil species, reproduction, prevention & combat techniques, with an evaluation of the different techniques based on a variety of criteria (effectiveness, price, ease of application etc.). The aim is to vulgarize existing research to a wide group of stakeholders (farmers, local traders, exporters, extension workers etc.) to give an overview of options to reduce weevil occurrence both in-field and ex-field. This has to go beyond the widely known methods such as fumigation and go into latest technology/developments and include inputs from private sector. Gaps in pulses weevil research have to be highlighted to inform donors and policy makers.

OBJECTIVE OF THE RESEARCH ON WEEVILS

The aim of this assignment is to reach out practical knowledge to all actors in the pulses value chain by disseminating existing research findings. Overall the aim is to create bridges between research and practice, to value existing knowledge by vulgarizing it and sharing it with the different value chain actors and to highlight gaps in existing research.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

1.1 Weevil species and their reproduction cycle, expected deliverables

  • Overview of existing weevil species that attack pulses, overview of weevil species occurring in Tanzania.
  • Overview of weevil reproduction cycle (including images). Highlighting the stages of the reproduction cycle at which intervention is more effective.
  • Overview of variables affecting the weevil reproduction cycle and how and to which extent they affect it. Highlighting the areas in Tanzania in which weevil occurrence is higher.
  • Importance of losses linked to bruchid occurence
  • Overview of weevil monitoring techniques (in- and ex-field)

1.2 Overview of effective in-field methods to combat pulses weevils

  • List the existing methods based on literature and practice to prevent and combat weevils on the field and detail their functioning (when in crop cycle to be applied, mechanism by which the method prevents/kills weevils, if applicable adequate dosis and frequency of application)

  • Highlight organic techniques (i.e. techniques that comply with EU and US regulation on organic production) for on-farm weevil prevention and detail their functioning

  • Evaluate effectiveness of the different on-farm methods, costs, at what stage of weevil development effective, ease of implementation and accessibility, pre-conditions to use the method, stage of research, main advantages and disadvantages

  • Systematize all above information (1.2 I, 1.2 II, 1.2 III) in a reader-friendly format (tables/figures/diagrams)

  • Highlight gaps in research on on-farm methods for prevention of weevil infestation.

1.3 Overview of ex-field methods to combat weevils

  • List the different methods to prevent/combat weevils ex-field and detail their functioning

  • Highlight techniques that are allowed in organic production (i.e. techniques that comply with EU and US regulation on Organic production) for ex-field weevil prevention and detail their functioning

  • Evaluate effectiveness of the different ex-field methods, costs, at what stage of weevil development effective, ease of implementation and accessibility, pre-conditions to use the method, stage of research, main advantages and disadvantages

  • Systematize all above information (1.3 I, 1.3 II, 1.3 III) in a reader-friendly format (table/figure/diagram)

  • Highlight gaps in research on ex-field methods for prevention of weevil infestation.

DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The assignment is expected to be completed by 31st of October 2019, the commencement date shall be specified in the Contract (target starting date: 1st of June 2019).

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

The Consultant is expected to possess

  • Minimum Master degree in Agriculture, Biology or Environmental Science, however other profiles will be considered in case of sufficient relevant experience.
  • Diverse understanding and clear knowledge of bruchid problematic
  • Experience in literature review and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • High degree of independence, flexibility and ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment toward delivering high-quality results
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English Practical experience on the subject is highly valued.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

Interested individual Consultants, consultancy firms, Agricultural Research Institutions and Universities shall submit technical and financial proposal covering the following:

  • Capability statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Demonstrated understanding of the terms of reference
  • Proposed methodology within the specified number of days
  • A draft work plan
  • Writing sample (e.g. previous publication(s))
  • The estimate financial proposal indicating the number of days, daily rate and other operating expenses and including applicable taxes

The consultant will work under the supervision of Casibeans, Rikolto and EAGC Country Officers

HOW TO APPLY

  • Email address for submission of questions, marie [at] casibeans.com The email address in the synopsis is the sole point of contact for any questions.

  • Email address for submission of proposals, eastafrica [at] rikolto.org (Tanzania Country Manager of Rikolto); CC: mark.blackett [at] rikolto.org; marie [at] casibeans.com

  • Deadline for Receipt of Proposals,Monday May 27, 2019 at 1700hrs East African Time

  • Anticipated Award Type
    Fixed Price Purchase Order, Rikolto will award an LPO to the successful bidder for the provision of specific services or deliverables which will not be adjusted if the actual costs are higher or lower than the fixed price amount. Offerors are expected to include all costs, direct and indirect, into their total proposed price.

  • Basis for Award,An award will be made based on the experience of the consultant to offer similar services. The award will be issued to the responsible and reasonable offeror who provides the best value by using a combination of technical and cost/price factors.