A consultant needed to synthesize the state of art on organic production of pulses in Tanzania.

A consultant needed to synthesize the state of art on organic production of pulses in Tanzania.

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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 a 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


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. Pesticide residues and presence of weevils have been earmarked to be amongst the major complex challenges that require in‐depth understanding of farming practices and insect reproduction cycles. These two aspects have lead Tanzanian products to be currently ranked at B and C level. In contrast, Western markets require A‐level products. A number of containers from East African products have already been destroyed upon testing at arrival in Europe indicating exceeding of pesticide MRL´s (Maximum Residue Levels), namely on the active substances malathion, bendiocarb, propoxur, 2,4-D and diazinon. Beyond that there is a growing demand for organic products, providing an added value compared to conventional production. However, organic production also encompasses limitations. Therefore, TPN project is hiring a consultant to synthetize the state of the art on organic production of pulses in Tanzania. This synthesis is aimed at giving an overview of the potential for organic production of pulses in Tanzania including

  • enabling environment

  • seasonal calendar/technical itinerary for pulses (with focus on beans) production including techniques suitable for organic production

  • effect of conversion to organics on yield

  • implications of inter cropping, rotation and agrarian system on organic production of pulses.


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.


1.1 Enabling environment, expected deliverables:

  • Overview of legal framework for organics

  • Overview of certification bodies for organics active in Tanzania and which labels are most commonly used for Tanzanian products

  • Overview of Tanzanian actors involved in/promoting organic production

1.2 Conventional versus organic production:

  • Overview of major challenges in pulses production (pests & diseases etc.)

  • Overview of seasonal calendar for conventional bean production, different steps in pulses cultivation (technical itinerary), details of techniques and inputs used in conventional agriculture at the different stages of the seasonal calendar (include visual representation of this information). Highlighting were risks for chemical contamination of the beans occur (including analysis of dry bean samples on chemical residues).

  • Overview of seasonal calendar/technical itinerary with details of production techniques suitable for organic agriculture at each step of the seasonal calendar (presenting different alternatives where available and with focus on best practices) (include visual representation of this information)

  • Comparison of the techniques usable in conventional versus organic production on the basis of (i) hardship (ii) labour requirements (iii) effectiveness (iv) monetary cost (v) availability (vi) sensitivity to timing and other relevant factors (include visual representation)

  • Based on 1.2-I,II, III, IV: effect on yields of organics versus conventional pulses production

  • Integration of pulses in the agrarian system (inter cropping, rotation, cross- contamination etc.): effect on the potential for organic production.

  • Overview of major risks linked to organic production versus conventional

  • Overview of areas in Tanzania most suitable for organic pulses cultivation

1.3 SWOT analysis of organic production in Tanzania

  • SWOT analysis of organic production in Tanzania

  • Highlighting gaps in research on organic production

1.4 Conclusions and synthesis

  • Point out major conclusions from 1.1-1.3 and recommendations that you draw from them.

  • Summarize the information of 1.1-1.3 in a 4-page format that is understandable to a wide audience using short sentences and bullet points.

  • Include figures/diagrams/tables that are visually speaking and are easily readable by a wide audience


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).


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 pulses/organic production
  • Experience in literature review and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • High degree of independence, flexibility and ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent understanding of the agriculture and agribusiness environment in Tanzania, particularly the pulses/organic sector
  • Commitment toward delivering high-quality results
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Kiswahili


Interested individual Consultants or 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


  • 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 Proposal, 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.