Issuance date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Deadline for receiving proposals: 4:00 p.m. Egypt time on Monday, March 18th, 2019
All submissions preferred to be in English, but Arabic version will be accepted
FtF Egypt FAS is seeking applications from Egyptian, legally registered Cooperatives and Associations for implementation of the competitive matching grant program to establish horticultural collection centers in Upper Egypt. Instructions for completing the applications can be found in Annex 1. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Government regulations governing grants and FtF Egypt FAS’s internal grant management policies.
This solicitation will support Egyptian Cooperatives and Associations to establish horticultural collection centers in Upper Egypt. Smallholder Farmers’ production volume is insufficient for end buyers. Associations and cooperatives have land, management capacity, and strong trust relationships with farmers. Therefore, this RFA is meant to encourage the establishment of collection centers, to be owned and managed by cooperatives and associations in selected locations where vegetables and fruits received from smallholder farmers can be stored for one day before going to end-buyers or processors. This one day is sufficient time for farmers to complete collection of fruits and vegetables and for buyers to arrange logistics to receive them. The objective of the Collection Centers is to gather fresh and sound quality fruits and vegetables from farmers directly. The collection centers will improve the food safety and post-harvest handling practices of the smallholder farmers. They will help better facilitate traders/exporters’ business goals by buying farmers’ products from one single point which will result in: 1) reduction of product losses in transportation and storage; 2) better information flow of products, markets, and technologies; 3) transparency of the supply chain; and 4) better control of product safety and quality.
This solicitation willonly target cooperatives and associations in Upper Egypt. These collection centers should support farmers working in the FtF Egypt FAS Project crop value chains.These value chains include, but are not limited to:
Anise, Fennel, Basil, Cumin, Fennel, Grapes, Green beans, Mango, Marjoram, Mint, Onion, Tomato, Parsley, Pomegranate, Thyme, Date Palm, Pepper, Okra, Sweet Potato, Garlic, Coriander, Other herbs and spices
For more information regarding the submission of proposals, interested parties are invited to attend an optional Proposal writing workshop in Luxor.
· Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at Etab hotel in Luxor.
· Workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your attendance as soon as possible.
The estimated grant award size for successful applicants will range from approximately $ 5,000 – $10,000. The final number of awards will be decided based on the availability of funds and resources.