Request for Proposal to Undertake Analyses of the Interventions for Linking Farmers to Markets
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a dynamic African-led organization that works in partnerships to help raise agricultural productivity and incomes of millions of smallholder farmers. AGRA’s work across the food value chain facilitates and supports among others actors, smallholder farmers who are primarily engaged in the production of staple food crops in Africa.
The Market Access program of AGRA was launched in mid-2008 and is currently funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Rockefeller Foundation (RF), Swedish Government and DANIDA, with a mandate to promote efficient and profitable output markets that ensure higher returns to smallholder farmers.
After 5 years of supporting interventions to overcome smallholder barriers to access markets and finance, the Market Access program seeks to test the Programs theory of change on the basis of the interventions supported to-date.
The program has identified 4 themes namely:
(1) Postharvest handling and quality management,
(2) Collective marketing / Aggregation,
(3) Value addition / Small and Medium Enterprise development and
(4) WRS /Warrantage /Commodity exchange.
AGRA is looking for an experienced consultant to support the program in analyzing the effectiveness of interventions to link smallholder farmers to markets.
The proposed studies will test whether the hypotheses underlying the programs interventions are true and identify the conditions under which the hypotheses are true.
The studies will inform the program which models have worked, the conditions under which they worked, and how they can be scaled up.
Interested consultants are therefore invited to submit proposals to undertake any of the studies around the four themes. In order to submit a proposal, interested consultants should get detailed TOR from the following web link www.agra.org
and submission to this email address: [email protected]
and by courier to AGRA’s physical address specified below:
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
4th Floor, West End Towers, Off Waiyaki Way
P.O. Box 66773 00800
Interested consultants should submit their proposals by Wednesday 2nd April 2014