REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (Individual Consultant): TO RUN AN INVENTORY, REVIEW, AND SYNTHESIZE AVAILABLE KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION IN THE SUSTAINABLE FARMING SYSTEMS

Consulting Services 2: To run an inventory, review, and synthesize the available knowledge and innovation around the different approaches and matrices for the integration of the sustainable farming systems
Name of Project: FARA/AGRA
Procurement Ref: FARA/AGRA/CS/IC/2022/02
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 behaviors as well as 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 the need for 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 run an inventory, review, and synthesize the available knowledge and innovation around the different approaches and matrices for the integration of sustainable farming systems.

 

  1. This request for expression of interest aims at engaging a consultant to carry out the following functions:
    1. Develop a framework/ typology of different approaches for Regenerative agriculture; Agroecology, Sustainable intensification etc.
    2. Run a SWOT (Qualitative & Qualitative) analysis for Sustainable farming and all its intricate components.
      1. Quantify the business case including resource flow and income potential of the different approaches from the perspective of small-scale farmers.
      2. Analyse if sustainable farming improves smallholder farmer income or not.
      3. Determine if there are available data to leverage to demonstrate if sustainable farming improves smallholder farmer income or not

 

  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 18 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-Synthesize-the-available-knowledge-and-innovation-around-the-different-approaches.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

2 Comments

  1. JOSE MORA NSUMNE-Reply
    August 23, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Je suis president de l’Associação Nacional de Cadeia de Valor de Arroz, Raizes e Tuberculos da Guiné-Bissau

  2. JOSE MORA NSUMNE-Reply
    August 23, 2022 at 8:17 am

    J’ai besoins de participer à cette consultation

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