EXTENDED DEADLINE | Consultancy water use efficiency and safe pesticides and fertilizer uses

EXTENDED DEADLINE | Consultancy water use efficiency and safe pesticides and fertilizer uses

15/12/2021
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DEADLINE EXTENDED | Terms of Reference: Consultancy Water Use Efficiencies and Safe Uses of Pesticides and Fertilizers techniques for Domikwa Furrow - Water User Groups

1.0 Background Information

Rikolto is an international NGO with more than 40 years’ experience in partnering with farmer organizations and food chain stakeholders across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rikolto runs programmes in 17 countries worldwide through seven regional offices. Rikolto is ambitious in tackling one of the greatest challenges we face – ensuring that we have food systems that deliver for all of us in the future and that do not burden our planet more than it can bear. Therefore, we ask the question: “What will we eat tomorrow?”.

NatuReS is a global programme implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ: NatuReS promotes effective multi-stakeholder partnerships between civil society, private sector and governmental actors to improve the adaptability of water users to manage threats to water security. NatuReS is currently working within two rivers of the Kikuletwa catchment (Usa and Weruweru rivers), within the Pangani basin. Within these sub-catchments, NatuReS works on three topics: 1. Water for agriculture; 2. Water for the environment; 3. Water for human consumption. These topics have led to initiatives to improve water conservation in the upper parts of the sub-catchments and improve water use in the lower parts of the sub-catchments, particularly within irrigation furrow systems.

GIZ in collaboration with Rikolto is implementing NatuReS program to improve the resilience of the inhabitants of two sub- catchments in the face of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The overarching aim is to focus on the water risks currently hindering the resilience of the catchment. Specifically, Rikolto will support a programme on the resilience of farming communities to natural hazards. Resilience will be enhanced by trainings aimed at improving the yields of farmers within a changing climate. Water and food security in quantity and quality is a priority concern amidst a global pandemic. Rikolto will train farmers on the best agricultural practices to increase yields (thereby addressing food security) and to improve water use efficiency within the current and future context of water scarcity. In addition, the trainings provided by Rikolto will improve pesticide and fertilizer use to reduce water pollution to water used domestically (water for domestic use being directly abstracted from the irrigation furrows).

2.0 Methodology

The Training of Trainers (ToT) model would be adopted to train the trainer (Service Provider) in coaching the beneficiaries of furrow irrigation in the Usa river catchment. We aim to establish a pool of 100 competent trainers who will be directly involved in training other farmers by conducting series of workshops. Special criteria will be used to select farmers to be involved in the TOT model, taking into consideration women and youth participation. One TOT would further train and demonstrates knowledge to 10-12 farmers in their respectively area. Rikolto will use a service provider to conduct the TOT trainings who will be recruited by using Rikolto / GIZ procurement procedures.

3.0 Scope of Work

Capacity building interventions would target 1,026 farmers in DOMIKWA furrow (Usa River). The intervention will take place in 3 irrigation sub-canals within Usa DOMIKWA furrow, namely Migadini, Kwaugoro and Taka. Each canal will engage about 342 farmers during the period of six months. The interventions will focus on two main areas: (a) increasing water availability by improving water use efficiencies (reducing losses) at the farm through training smallholder farmers on water use efficiency and (b) reducing water pollution in the furrow for a healthier water source for neighboring villages by training small-holder farmers on agricultural best-practices particularly with polluting chemicals. The scope of work includes and is not limited to the following:

Objective 1: 342 Smallholder farmers from Migadini, / Kwaugoro/Taka increases crop productivity as a result of increased water availability by improving water use efficiencies

Activities:

  • Adopt and validate training manuals on water use efficiencies technology (it is assumed that experts has training manual)
  • Adopt and validate leaflets and posters on water use efficiencies
  • Demonstrate efficiently management of farrow irrigation
  • In collaboration with drip irrigation facility dealers demonstrate water uses efficiencies by using drip irrigation facilities (Procurement will be done by Rikolto)
  • Demonstrate drought-escaping and drought-resistant varieties promoted to at least 1,026 farmers
  • Demonstrate irrigation water scheduling techniques
  • Demonstrate Compost making and mulching technology
  • Demonstrate crop cover to improve soil water holding capacity techniques
  • Demonstrate conservation tillage technology
  • Demonstrate different weed control techniques
  • Demonstrate Life windbreak techniques
  • Demonstrate how to improve plant nutrition for early root development
  • Demonstrate early planting techniques

Objective 2: Reduced water pollution in the furrow for a healthier water source for neighboring villages by training 342 smallholder farmers from Migadini /Kwaugoro/ Taka on agricultural best-farming practices particularly concerning polluting chemicals

Activities:

  • Adopt and validate training manuals on best farming practices and safe uses of plant fertilizer to reduce water pollution to 342 smallholder farmers ((it is assumed that expert has training manual)
  • In collaboration with Agro-dealers and offtakes demonstrate best farming practices and safe uses of plant fertilizer to reduce water pollution to 342 smallholder farmers.
  • In collaboration with TPRI and agro-dealers demonstrate best farming practices and safe uses of plant pesticides to reduce water pollution to 342 smallholder farmers.
  • In collaboration with Soil scientist demonstrate collection of 30 samples from different farmers’ fields, test soil, recommend kinds of fertilizer, amount and frequency required for Domikwa farms.

4.0 Budget

The proposed budget should be well delineated and rational including estimates for training required personnel and related operational costs. The proposed budget will form the basis for the negotiation of the final budget which will form part of the Agreement of Cooperation. The budget should be in Tanzanian shillings.

5.0 Duration of the assignment

This assignment has been allocated for 30 days working days and redistributed 6 days per month based to developed and agreed work plan. Final submission of report is due by end of April 2022.

6.0 Requirements and Procedure to apply

Qualified firms/candidates are invited to submit their Technical and Financial proposal, Methodology / approach, and CVs via email eastafrica [at] rikolto.org by 17th January 2022 and should indicate “BDS Water use – Services TOR – Natures” in the subject line.

Full Terms of Reference in pdf