Do you have experience with food safety risk assessments? Submit your proposal!

Do you have experience with food safety risk assessments? Submit your proposal!

09/07/2020
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Terms of reference

Comprehensive assessment of food safety risks along the main fruit and vegetables supply chains in five regions of Tanzania's Southern Highlands

Background

Rikolto works to support actors in the food systems to unlock the potential to feeding the world while taking care of the environment. We seek to strengthen the capacities of our partners to harness the dynamics of various food chains with a focus on both formal and informal markets. Our target final beneficiaries are farmers, traders and consumers, youth, female, and male. Smallholder farmers organizations, private sector businesses and cities are the key actors we work with to achieve the desired changes in the food system.

One of Rikolto’s global initiatives is the Food Smart Cities initiative, in which Rikolto's regional programmes collaborate and work with cities to contribute to sustainable food systems. For Rikolto, food smart cities are cities that are actively addressing the challenge of ensuring sufficient, safe, healthy food for their citizens, while ensuring that the environment is safeguarded and that all actors involved in the food supply, from producers to vendors, make a decent living out of it. In Tanzania, Rikolto has been implementing a pilot program called Food smart city through a Multistakeholder Approach to influence changes in the City Food in collaboration with Arusha food stakeholders.

Rikolto, through funding from European Union (Building Inclusive and Competitive Horticulture Businesses in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands project) plans to scale up the Arusha food smart city project to Southern Highlands. The action will aim at enhancing the market actors’ ability to deliver healthy and safe food in the market and in particular the local and regional market. The focus will be on safe use of crop protection products as available evidence from northern Tanzania shows that their use has reached alarming levels which exceed minimum residual levels (MRLs). In this regard the Tropical Pesticide Research Institute (TPRI) is a key stakeholder when it comes to establish the actual status of pesticide residual level in vegetables produced in the target regions.

Food Safety Risk Assessment Assignment

Rikolto plans to work with five regions in the Southern Highlands, namely Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya, Songwe and Katavi, to improve food safety for fresh fruits and vegetables produced, supplied and consumed in and around the regions in a multi-stakeholder approach by bringing together various actors to address the food systems challenges found in their jurisdiction.

Food safety risks not only pose significant threats to the health of the population, but also the competitiveness of agriculture, undermining potential and actual gains to be made in improving public health, food security and nutrition, as well as frustrating efforts to boost trade in agricultural commodities. Such gains are the foundations of inclusive growth and sustainable development on the continent.

Food safety risks not only pose significant threats to the health of the population, but also the competitiveness of agriculture, undermining potential and actual gains to be made in improving public health, food security and nutrition, as well as frustrating efforts to boost trade in agricultural commodities. Such gains are the foundations of inclusive growth and sustainable development in the continent. Tanzania, like most African countries is facing great challenges in developing and implementing food safety practices that promote public health and allow participation in regional and international trade. Therefore, there is need to gather further and quantifiable evidence on food safety risks from production, trading and consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables and the impact these risks on human health and economy.

Rikolto in partnership with Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), INADES Formation Tanzania, MIICO, and Agronomos Sin Fronteras (ASF) are looking to engage a Consultant/institution to carry out an assessment of chemical, physical and biological hazards in the main fruit and vegetables chains supplying five regions of Mbeya, Songwe, Katavi, Njombe and Iringa in the Southern Highlands.

Objectives and Outputs

  • Identify and analyse (levels of contaminated foods, type of hazards, potential health effects associated with the risks) important food safety risks in fruit and vegetables specified above from the following major food contaminants:

      - Biological: Bacterial contaminants – E. coli; Fungal contaminants; Mycotoxins.  
      - Chemicals: pesticide residues, heavy metals. (Analysis of chemical contamination will be expected to be kept at a minimal level since the data and results from previous studies will be extrapolated and further adopted in this assessment).  
      - Physical contaminants. Analyse all Physical contaminants.  
      - Environmental contaminants – coming from pesticides residues, Water, Soil, Industrial pollutants.  
    
  • Provide qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation of the nature of the adverse effects associated with biological, chemical, and physical hazards and the level of exposure to the regions.

  • Review the broader impacts and adverse effects of unsafe food preferably on trade, economy, people’s livelihoods, and social well-being.
  • Assess the current food safety inspection and surveillance mechanisms for locally consumed fruit and vegetables for in terms of programming, capacities, resources, facilities, legal basis to enforce compliance while identifying gaps and proposing action plan responding to the gaps and challenges identified in the study.
  • Make recommendations on the most effective, communication and awareness measures about the major risks identified management and or control measures for the major risks.
  • Propose recommendations for incorporation in the regions' or cities' food safety strategy to strengthen/ improve the environment for food safety around the city.

Submission of Proposals

All interested and qualified consultants/institutions are requested to submit both Technical and Financial proposal detailing the following:

Technical proposal

  1. Detailed profile of the Food Safety Experts with Experience in carrying out similar and relevant assignments.
  2. Experts comments on the terms of reference.
  3. Detailed proposal explaining how each of the areas of the assignment will be addressed.
  4. Composition of team, their roles and expected level of effort in the assignment.
  5. CV of the experts and teams.
  6. Assumptions made in the proposal.
  7. Workplan with clear timeline.

Detailed Financial Proposal

  1. Fees per day per expert team member.
  2. Technical costs related to the assignment.
  3. Cost of transport for the Experts during the assignment clearly analysed.
  4. Total cost of food and accommodation analysed as daily costs.

Proposed Report Format

  1. Purpose of the report.
  2. Preamble on concepts.
  3. Methodology/approach.
  4. Review the broader impacts and adverse effects of unsafe food on the economy and trade, livelihoods, and social well-being on the population.
  5. Assess the current food safety inspection and surveillance mechanisms for locally consumed fruit and vegetables for in terms of programming, capacities, resources, facilities, legal basis to enforce compliance while identifying gaps and proposing action plan responding to the gaps and challenges identified in the study.
  6. An analysis and discussion on chemical, physical and biological hazards in the main fruit and vegetables chains supplying five regions of Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya, Songwe and Katavi and asses its impact to the population.
  7. Provide recommendations on the most effective, communication and awareness measures about the major risks identified management and or control measures for the major risks.
  8. Propose recommendations for incorporation into the regions Food Safety Strategies to strengthen/ improve the environment for food safety.

Mode of Application

Interested and qualified consultants are requested to submit a proposal addressed to the Regional Director of Rikolto in East Africa to P.O. Box 14665, Arusha, Tanzania or via email to eastafrica [at] rikolto.org before 25 July 2020. Please mention "Food Safety Risk Assessment Southern Highlands" in the subject line.

Due to time constraints, we will only be able to contact successful candidates. Proposals submitted to another email address than the one mentioned above will not be taken into consideration. We thank you in advance for your understanding.


This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Rikolto and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the EU.