REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (Individual Consultant) – TO RUN A STUDY TO CREATE CONSENSUS IN DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE FARMING SYSTEMS IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Consulting Services 1: To run a study to create consensus in developing sustainable farming systems in African Countries
Name of Project: FARA/AGRA
Procurement Ref: FARA/AGRA/CS/IC/2022/01
Date: Monday, August 22, 2022
  1. The African agricultural landscape is dotted with various farming systems that emerged over decades based on the natural resource domains, climate, adapted crop and livestock commodities, social and cultural behaviours, and economic opportunities. The key farming systems have also evolved following an increase in knowledge, technologies, and other behavioral changes in society. Key mega-trends in Africa, such as a bulging youth population, an increase in technologies [chemical. Mechanical and Biological]; the emergence of ICT, social movements such as gender equality campaigns, awareness on nutrition, etc. are fast influencing changes in the farming systems. These changes necessitate a coordinated approach to defining the admissible farming system in Africa.

A major intervention to develop the smallholder farming system will require the contribution of a broad array of stakeholders, such as smallholder farmers, researchers, academics, development partners, government, and investors, to engage in a critical review, planning, and implementation of agricultural investment actions.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), with the SROs and in partnership with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has identified the need for systematic investment in the agricultural sector to influence the desired change in livelihood and quality of life of the smallholder farmers in Africa. In alignment with the neo-food system thinking emerging from the 2021 UN Food systems summit, it is expected that African countries will initiate the process to institutionalize the key principles of the food system into the smallholder’s system at the country level.

To achieve the foregoing; FARA proposes to engage a suitable consultant to carry out this assignment with the needed professionalism and ethics.

 

  1. The central objective of this assignment is to create consensus among stakeholders, academics, development partners, and the government on the importance of integrating sustainable farming systems in the planning and implementation of agricultural investments at the country level.

 

  1. This request for expression of interest aims at engaging a consultant to carry out the following functions:
    1. Carry out an Inventory and characterization of major actors (community leaders, private sector, researchers, governments, development actors, etc.) and their roles in the operationalization of sustainable farming:
      1. Identifying major gaps in knowledge and skills required for collaboration and governance related to institutionalizing sustainable farming principles.
      2. Define food system and cross alliance.
    2. Develop a social network analysis of actors and identify the triggers of change in regenerative agriculture and other sustainable systems:
      1. Analyze the core difference and identify innovation opportunities.
      2. Stakeholders mapping
      3. Triggers of change with the stakeholders
    3. Support the creation of forums for debate and joint action development, considering different farming systems, institutional alliances, and impact:
      1. Support the coordination of interactions and actions that may emerge from the various interest groups
      2. Support the facilitation of negotiations and learning among actors leading to the development of integrated food systems.

 

  1. The Executive Director of FARA invites interested consultants to express interest in carrying out this assignment.

 

  1. Consultants interested in this call must provide an Expression of Interest no longer than 10 pages, outlining proposed methodologies, references related to the execution of similar assignments, experience in similar areas, or evidence of knowledge and a proposed timeline. Brochures, CVs, and other supplementary materials submitted shall not be accounted for as part of the 10-page limit.

 

  1. The anticipated period of performance for this consultancy is 20 man-days spread over two months (12th September 2022 to 14th November 2022).

 

  1. The individual consultant shall be selected based on procedures defined in the Procurement Guidelines of FARA.

 

  1. Interested consultants may obtain further information from FARA’s Senior technical Cluster leader / Innovation systems specialist, Fatunbi Oluwole [ofatunbi@faraafrica.org], and copy the Procurement Expert, Mr. Callistus Achaab [cachaab@faraafrica.org], during the following hours: 9h00 to 16h00 GMT.

 

Please download the Terms of Reference below, for further information on this opportunity.

https://faraafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ToR-REOI-Create-consensus-in-developing-sustainable-farming-systems-in-African-Countries.docx

  1. Expressions of Interest should be submitted electronically to [recruitment@faraafrica.org] and addressed to Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, No 7 Flower Avenue, New Achimota, Mile 7, Accra, Ghana, no later than Monday, 5th September 2022, at 14h00 GMT. Tel: +233 302 772823/744888.

 

  1. FARA Affirmative Action Statement on Recruitment: there is no discrimination based on gender race, religion, ethnic orientation, disability, or health status.

 

Executive Director of FARA

3 Comments

  1. August 22, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    This study is as per individual country’s level or not.

  2. S. Y. Apiiga.-Reply
    August 23, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I am interested in the position and would like to be engaged in this consultancy. I am a Ghanaian and former regional director of agriculture. I hold an MSc in animal science from ucc, BSc in agriculture technology from uds and diploma in agriculture extension and farm management from knust, post graduate diploma in small ruminants production from Japan and post graduate certificate in agriculture administration from GIMPA, post graduate certificate in Guinea fowl production and so many certificates of agriculture related courses. I was the FAO Guinea fowl coordinator for the then three northern regions from 2010-2013.

  3. August 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I would like to do the work

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