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 smallholder 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 from the European Union 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 2024 covering the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, especially Iringa, Katavi, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe.
As in the case of other programmes implemented by Rikolto in Tanzania, Rikolto will partner with governments (and their institutions) in service provision by working on some key issues and piloting a private-public service delivery mechanism. This includes working on issues like quality control and food safety, facilitating public-private sector dialogues and piloting new innovations, among others. Rikolto builds the capacity of the member business organisations (apex private sector business organizations, apex, secondary and primary farmer organisations) to engage the government to increase efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery in areas regarded as public goods (road, large irrigation schemes, electricity etc.) and to draft policies to create conducive business environment. NGO roles largely revolve around support to the civil society and private sector and not to facilitate or build the capacity of governments to deliver services which largely fall under bilateral donor programmes.
We are currently looking for partnerships with private SMEs in the five regions' ecosystem to collaborate to improve the access to Business Development Services (BDS) for horticulture smallholder farmers.
Procedure to apply
Agribusiness SMEs are invited to submit their business cases using the format in appendix 1 of the TOR with the following documents:
- Cover letter
- The profile of SME showing the business track records
- References with detailed contact address of at least 3 organizations in which the SME provided similar services recently
Send your proposal via email to eastafrica [at] rikolto.org copying ronald.mtana [at] rikolto.org (Iringa and Njombe), shukuru.tweve [at] rikolto.org (Mbeya and Songwe), frank.kaminyoge [at] rikolto.org (Katavi) and indicate the source of advertisement and "BDS Provider Southern Highlands" in the subject line.