REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

RFP NO: RFP-EAGC-2019-003

ISSUE DATE: Monday, April 23, 2019

TITLE: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS AND PACKAGING OF INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Introduction

Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is a membership not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 to serve the interests of the grain value chain stakeholders in the Eastern Africa region. The membership comprises of all levels of the value chain including input suppliers, producers, traders and processors. The overarching goal of the Council is to contribute to the integration of national and regional grain markets and by so doing increase market access and incomes for the grain value chain stakeholders, especially the smallholder farmers.

EAGC has partnered with the Government of Kenya through the State Department of Agriculture to implement the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme- Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL). The Programme overall goal is to contribute to the reduction of rural poverty and food insecurity of smallholders in the targeted Counties by developing their economic potential while improving their natural resources management capacity and resilience to climate change in an increasingly fragile ecosystem. The Programme is divided into two objectives, which will be achieved through three technical components. The first project objective is to graduate smallholder farmers to commercially-oriented, climate-resilient agricultural practices through improvements in productivity, post-production management practices and market linkages for targeted value chains. The second objective is to empower local government and communities to sustainably manage their natural resources whilst building resilience to climate change.

Specifically, EAGC is responsible for Component 2 on Post-harvest Management and Market Linkages which aims at promoting improved on-farm grain handling and management, access to storage and warehouse receipt systems, increasing smallholders’ access to markets, and building up their capacities to sell their produce at more favourable terms and prices.

The Component has been targeting small producers of grain who face two main challenges related to post-harvest management: (i) poor grain handling and management, leading to high post-harvest losses contributing to national shortage in food supply; and (ii) marketing of grain at low price forcing households to buy grains for family consumption when prices increase. Component 2 is therefore supporting farmers in securing productivity gains from investments through: (i) adoption of improved on-farm grain handling and management technologies and practices to minimize post-harvest losses; (ii) enhanced access to profitable grain markets enabling marketing of produce at more favourable terms.

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