STTA: International Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD)

STTA: International Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD)

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Project Description

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in Citrus, Mango, High value/off season vegetable and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background Information:

“The Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD) has been developed by FAO to assist and facilitate countries where FMD is still endemic to progressively reduce the impact of FMD and the load of FMD virus. The PCP-FMD has been adopted by FAO as a working tool in the design of FMD country (and some regional) control programs,…it has become a joint FAO/OIE tool.”[1] Pakistan is currently at Stage-II incursion of the FMD virus as defined by the OIE PCP-FMD. It is mandatory for Pakistan to establish FMD free zones/compartments in line with the OIE guidelines to progress to the next Stage of FMD PCP i.e. Stage-III that will allow export of meat from these areas. Pakistan’s chilled meat exports are currently limited to GCC. Frozen meat is limited to Malaysia and Vietnam.. In order to expand into other markets like China, Indonesia and Russia, Pakistan must comply with the OIE regulations regarding FMD free zones/compartments. Once these zones/compartments are notified and accepted by OIE, Pakistan would be allowed to export meat to a number of countries including those mentioned above. The Government of Punjab has notified a few FMD control zones/compartments in Punjab province, however, The Government of Sindh has yet to take any steps in the FAO/OIE FMD-PCP process. The identified control zones/compartments become internationally acceptable only after ratification by OIE.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance:

The Senior Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease, in collaboration with AMD team, will provide a recommended strategy and implementation plan of the OIE guidelines to support the provincial and federal regulatory authorities in Pakistan. In Punjab, the consultant will review identified areas and farms for suitability as PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines. In Sindh, the consultant will work with AMD staff and private sector stakeholders to identify suitable areas for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines

 

Based on the strategy and implementation plan, the ISTTA will conduct a training workshop to present the strategy and implementation mechanism to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers.

 

Assignment Scope:

The Senior Specialist on PCP-FMD Control Zones/Compartments for enhancing meat exports will have a background in veterinary sciences with sound practical experience in the developing veterinary services across the globe; particularly in Pakistan. Knowledge of animal health, disease control, designing and supporting capacity building initiatives, sound knowledge of FMD issues and relevant OIE regulations as well as government regulations, and an understanding of the Pakistani livestock and veterinary services will be an added advantage.

Estimated level of Effort (LoE) for the assignment:

38 work days, including intermittent travel as per the detail in the full description linked below.

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA shall commence on or about August 15, 2017 and is expected to be completed by October 30, 2017.

[1] FAO Document PCP 2011: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/commissions/docs/PCP/PCP-26012011.pdf

Specific Functions

  • Review current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
  • Discussions with relevant provincial and federal regulatory authorities;
  • Discussions with public and private sector to review and identify areas and farms for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
  • Development of a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
  • Present PCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan to relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop training modules for the proposedPCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan for selected technical stakeholders and impart awareness and training through a seminar / workshop;
  • Willingness to travel to project areas within Pakistan;
  • Any other relevant tasks assigned by the Chief of Party or the Chief Technical Advisor.

Deliverables

  • Final comprehensive report containing:
  • Review of current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
  • List of stakeholders met with and summary of discussions held;
  • Areas and farms identified for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
  • Comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
  • Review of training workshop
  • Training modules developed for workshop and seminar;
  • Conduct technical presentation in Islamabad of the strategy and proposed implementation mechanism for FMD control zones/compartments in Pakistan based on FAO/OIE global strategy guidelines to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;
  • Develop Training modules for implementation of the proposed implementation mechanism.
  • Conduct Technical Workshop in Islamabad on the training modules including a Power point presentation to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;

Minimum Qualifications

  • Above 20 years of international experience in veterinary services and veterinary policy legislations at both South Asian and global levels;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in the livestock veterinary sector in Pakistan;
  • Experience working with USAID and other donor funded projects;
  • Degree in veterinary services (MRCVS/DVM);
  • Sound knowledge of FAO/OIE guidelines and regulations;
  • Experience in the design and implementation of capacity building activities in the livestock sector;
  • Experience working on regulatory and policy development in livestock sector;
  • Willingness to travel to Pakistan;
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills are required.

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ISTTA: On-farm Water Management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) & Fertigation for HVOSV Sector

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Project Name: CNFA-AMD/ Project Number AID-391-C-15-00003

Consultancy Assignment: ISTTA Consultant  – High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program

Consultant Title: ISTTA for  On farm water management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) &  fertigation for HVOSV sector. .

Reports to: Chief Technical Advisor& Senior Value Chain Specialist – AMD

Place of Performance: Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

Est. Period of Performance: July 17 to August 12,2017

Project Description

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information

 

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%.  Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to poor quality of produce and to sales in low-value markets.

Most fruits and vegetables are sold in fresh form.  Little value is added in the way of sorting, grading, or packaging and post-harvest losses are unsustainably high. A very low percentage of fruits and vegetables are processed.  Farmers face numerous challenges maintaining product value from harvest to market.  The limited availability of cold chain facilities is a major constraint, resulting in products with a short shelf life that quickly loses its freshness.

 

 

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.

As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

AMD intends to hire an international Horticulture (specialized in vegetable production under controlled production systems with HEIS to support the fertigation).

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

The level of effort (LOE) and the periods for this consultancy include 21 days around July 15 onward.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment::21 Days 

Assignment Scope

  • Demonstrate hands on training and TA for use of High efficiency irrigation systems particularly drip irrigation for the best use of water and water conservation as a resource. Also demonstrate the use of controlled fertilizer application through fertigation systems. 
  • Scoping for Greenhouse and semi controlled HVOSV for water management and HEIS systems at selected program sites
  • Detailed GAP analysis for technology use for precision irrigation and water management to enhance the water use efficiency  and precision in input use for fertilizers and nutrients.
  • High efficiency irrigation system- in the controlled and semi controlled green houses, vegetable tunnels
  • HEIS for open field and low tunnels of vegetable production systems at AMD selected sites.
  • Onsite trainings for irrigation requirements according to the environment and phonological stages of summer and winter vegetables.
  • Application dose and time of fertilizers and micro nutrients with safe use of water to enhance the quality and production of vegetables under controlled environment.
  • Develop appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries for better water harvest under HEIS systems for high value vegetable to enhance the quality and meet the food safety standards for high end export markets.

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment and get it approved by AMD COP or his designee.  This should be finalized prior to travel to Pakistan;   
  • Evaluate present issues of the vegetable sector and make commendations to stakeholders in Pakistan;
  • Assist the HV/OSV grantees to link with value added businesses for the marketing of B & C grade natural produce for value addition;
  • Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee;
  • Submit the draft of the final report along with power point presentation to CNFA within 10 business days after the Design and Recommendations of the Horticulture Value Chain activity    
  • Submit Final Report along with power point presentation to CNFA, using AMD template, within 5 business days upon completion of the assignment.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of vegetable production, processing, and handling practices interventions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in Agriculture, horticulture, Agribusiness or other related field;
  • Over 10 year’s practical industry experience in use of Drip Irrigation and controlled environment plant production systems including greenhouses, shade-houses.
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region, a plus.
  • Hands on experience in sourcing of raw material, nutrients, growth regulators, packaging material, washing, grading, transportation and marketing both local as well as international markets.
  • Hands on experience in Good Agricultural practices and Global GAP certification for individual growers and groups.
  • Understanding of phyto sanitary practices and regulations for compliance.
  • Experience in training and development of workers in greenhouse production

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STTA: Contract Farming Specialist for Citrus, HV/OSV and Mango

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Project Description

The U.S. -Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID-funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in Citrus, Mango, High value/off season vegetable and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background

Exporters of Mango, Kinnow and HV/OSV purchase all, or nearly all, their commodities directly from farmers without oral or written contracts based on crop quality and volume assessments made during the growing season by in-house purchasing agents. The exporters report they have very high annual turnover in the farmers, from whom they make purchases, usually exceeding 50%. Exporters also purchase significant volumes of commodities from wholesale markets. As a consequence, exporters face unknown volumes of products available due to which they are unable to make commitments and assure delivery to their buyers in international markets.

 

The use of contracts between packer/exporter and farmer that specify a base (minimum) price, quantity, quality and timing of the delivery could be a solution to overcome the long-standing informal business model that does not promote a transfer of technology, efficiencies or improvements of quality. Contract farming is based on three main premises:

The exporter commits in advance to purchase a crop or volume and the farmer/producer commits to delivering it.

The contract rests on specific crop production practices to be conducted by the farmer in growing the crop and on

 inputs or services provided by the exporter.

There is an implied differential allocation and sharing of production risk and market risk.

 

When undertaking contractual farming, exporters also need to mitigate their risks. To mitigate their risk, exporters need to provide farmers, at a minimum, with technical advice on crop production practices. As time passes and trust is established, this support can be expanded to include agro-inputs: seeds, fertilizers and crop protection chemicals. To mitigate production risk, farmers need to avail themselves of the inputs offered and be willing to adapt new practices.

 

Objectives of the Technical Assistance

The prime objective of this consultancy assignment is for the ISTTA to work with AMD’s partner exporters in Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV and build their capacity so that they can undertake contractual farming. Key in this capacity building will be to show exporters the benefits and importance of contractual farming.

 

It is envisioned that the ISTTA will spend 6 working days on each of the three product lines (Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV). This will include the development of training modules, visits to exporters for one on one meeting to discuss contractual farming and review the training modules developed.

Place of Performance

Pakistan with travel to grantee sites in Punjab and Sindh

Estimated Period of Performance

May 1st to June 15th 

LOE

24 working days (including 2 travel days, 19 days in country and 3 days report writing and planning from home base)

Assignment Scope

  • Coordinate with the AMD marketing and program team for development of work plan including exporter visit schedule;
  • Develop training modules for Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV to build capacity of exporters on contractual farming;
  • Conduct visits and one on one meetings with exporters of Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV to discuss the benefits and need for contractual farming including overview of the training modules developed as well as what kind of inducements exporters should offer to farmers (technical information, inputs etc.);
  • Conduct at least one training session for each of the 3 product lines (Mango, Citrus and HV/OSV);
  • Final report on modules developed, trainings delivered and future recommendations/ steps;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP and CTA relating to the evaluation of fresh vegetables via sea shipment at importing country. 

Deliverables

  • Submit a detailed work plan and site visit plan within 1st week of arrival in country;
  • Training modules to undertake capacity building workshops for contract farming for each of the 3 product lines;
  • Submit a comprehensive Final Report which includes a report of the training modules developed; # of trainings conducted, # of attendees, details on the training sessions including outcomes of the sessions; and Recommendations and Next Steps.
  • Any other task assigned by COP and CTA. 

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STTA: Seedless Watermelon Cultivation in Pakistan

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Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background Information:

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment, Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Watermelon is cultivated throughout Pakistan mostly for domestic consumption where the soil and climatic conditions are favorable for its cultivation. It prefers sandy loam soils with good drainage and a soil pH of 7.5 to 8. It cannot tolerate extremes of temperatures; low temperature affects its growth while severe higher temperatures affect the pollination process resulting in reduced yields.

Local supply of watermelons starts in April and continues till September from different areas of Pakistan. It’s high in demand during summer season leading to appreciable profit margins for farmers and traders.

Seedless watermelons are more difficult to grow as they require much higher levels of inputs and managerial skill, but in terms of prices they can command a premium of up to 200% over the larger, seeded varieties. Pakistani watermelon production calendar synchronizes well with the peak demand season in Europe which has experienced very strong growth in imports, indicating increasing demand from the watermelon producing countries, which, include China, Turkey, Iran, USA, Brazil and Albania etc. In the European market, Spain is also a major exporter. Pakistan’s easy access to GCC provides a competitive advantage for export of seedless watermelons to GCC countries. With the operationalization of Gwadar port and CPEC, exports to Europe through sea are also competitive for Pakistani producers. Additionally, no SPS requirements are in place for export of watermelons to EU, making it an easily exportable commodity. The value of watermelon imports in the EU last year (2014-15) was €485.78 million

However, despite having favorable climatic conditions for the cultivation of seedless watermelon, along with an increasing demand in international markets, limited effort has been made to produce seedless watermelon in Pakistan. The primary reasons include; unavailability of seeds, lack of production technology at the local level, and international market linkages.

The AMD project, in line with its objective of innovation, intends to support the introduction of commercial production of seedless watermelons for high end markets, through working with Pakistani private sector investors on a limited scale for trial production. The initial areas for trial production are intended to be in Sindh (Qambar, Larkana, Shehdadkot and/or adjoining areas).

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by the ISTTA is aimed at providing the technical oversight for crop husbandry of seedless watermelon to the selected farmers from land selection & preparation till harvesting and marketing of the produce. The local STTA will work closely with the ISTTA to design a complete package of technology for seedless watermelon production for the selected area/s to augment well within the existing cropping system with increased profit margins.

 

Assignment Scope:

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

1.       Background reading of AMD Work Plan for HVOSV and published studies on watermelon and seedless watermelons’ crop husbandry, with a comparative analysis with other countries of the similar agro climate.

2.       With support from STTA, design a complete crop husbandry protocol including harvest and post-harvest practices for Seedless Watermelons.

3.       Provide regular guidance to the STTA and CTA by Skype on issues arising with selected farmers, when not on-site

4.       Instruct and mentor STTA on day to day vigilance of crop.

5.       Provide production economics to AMD and the selected farmers

6.       With assistance from the STTA design a training program for the Seedless Watermelon farmers; if needed.

7.       Comment regularly on recorded data on various agronomic crop parameters for these trials supplied by STTA and main growers

8.       Identify better paying markets for B&C category of Seedless Watermelon locally.

9.       Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of the Seedless Watermelon production interventions.

10.   Supply support to any relevant tasks within AMD initiatives at the request of CPO and/or CTA

11.   Assignment to be undertaken in 2 parts to coincide with:

a.       the ground preparation and sowing of the crop

b.       the harvesting, grading and marketing of the crop

 

Deliverables:

1.       A detailed work plan for the period of this assignment within two days after the commencement of this consultancy.

2.       Complete crop husbandry protocols for seedless watermelon.

3.       Comparative analysis of Pakistan’s specific crop growing climate and market access viz a viz other seedless watermelon producing/exporting countries.

4.       Production economics of seedless watermelons

5.       UAE Rapid Market Assessment for seedless watermelon

6.       Training program and SOPs for producing seedless watermelon

7.       Agronomic data of trials

8.       Report on remote technical support and guidance provided from home office; .5 days per week during months 3 and 4

9.       Customer Acceptance Report of trail shipments

10.   Submit a detailed report with all the above cited deliverables and recommendations within 5 days of assignment completion.

 

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: 65 Days LOE between Mth-1 and Mth-6

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA assignment will commence in February 2017 and end in July 2017.

First part of the assignment will begin on or about February 14th until on or about March 31st, including a 48-hour stop-over in Dubai for market appraisal.

Second part of the assignment will begin on or about June 22nd until on or about July 31st including a 48-hour stop-over in Dubai for appraisal of market acceptance.

Qualifications

  • A university degree in the field of agriculture or equivalent experience;
  • Practical knowledge of watermelon crop husbandry.
  • Extensive experience of having worked with commercial vegetable growers
  • Extensive experience in fresh vegetable value chain and marketing
  • Hands on experience in Pakistan’s agriculture sector will be an added advantage;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience working in the field of commercial horticulture production.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English; knowledge of local language will be an added advantage
  • Possession of a valid visa for travel to Pakistan is an added advantage

Feedlot Association Development Consultant

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Project Description:

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani meat, HV/OSV, citrus and mango more profitable and more competitive.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical and management support to the AMD team in developing Feedlot Farmers Association for the growing meat industry of Pakistan.  This association is needed for the feedlot farmers to get them on united platform so as to strive for common issues. 

 

The meat value chain and the meat market in Pakistan are underdeveloped. Meat export industry is facing numerous challenges in established markets. These include the increase in production costs, increased freight charges and lack of proper grading, standardization. Furthermore, the backward supply of animals from markets (Mandies) has a below average carcass weight and quality, and both make it more difficult to compete in the high value export markets.

 

Meat production in the informal sector is unregulated. Despite having large number of animals, Pakistan has low per animal yield, mainly due to the absence of right animal varieties. lack of disease control are also affecting the meat sector. Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) are prevalent in the country and constitute a notable barrier for Pakistan to register itself as a meat export country. 

 

The mechanism for controlling the meat prices in Pakistan at district and provincial level is ineffective and weak. Pakistan’s meat sector has great potential given the rising demand in both domestic and international markets. The demand for halal meat has been growing globally but to take advantage of this, high standards of quality have to be met. There is also the need to develop complete meat value chain and move towards value addition in meat market this will benefit both consumers and farmers/producers.

 

With organizing all stakeholders of the Meat sector on single platform and through government support and proper regulations, the meat sector can be an important source of foreign exchange earnings. Feedlot fattening is now a growing business and large number of large, medium and large scale farmers are investing in this sector to develop businesses.  These feedlot farms linked with abattoirs for sourcing high quality , healthy and traceable animals will enable the industry shift to high value export market.

 

Technical assistance of an International Feedlot Association development Specialist is needed to develop an association through uniting feedlot farmers and value added businesses on a combine platform that would represent the stakeholders of whole industry and strive for their issues.

 

This STTA assignment is scheduled for a period of 30 days, during which the Consultant will develop a workable plan to develop the feedlot farmers / Meat Association in the growing Meat industry.

 

Estimates Level of Effort: 30 Days

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan;
  • Hold meetings with major feedlot farmers and processors and relevant stakeholders from public and private sector;
  • Work with major stakeholders of the industry and identify ways to establish a feedlot Association in the livestock industry;
  • Develop productive ideas on how feedlot owners can work together to exchange information on improved feedlot management;
  • Work with feedlot owners to integrate data collected from their feedlots using software provided by the project to the cloud;
  • Determine ways that as an association they can determine how to improve genetics within the industry;
  • Assist feedlot owners to work together to identify high quality inputs that can used within their feedlots;
  • Determine if there are economic benefits to members of the feedlot association to do group buying to reduce the cost of their inputs or to obtain inputs from suppliers that normaly would not be available because of limited demand for the products;
  • Determine methods that social media can be used by the association to share market  information, management techniques, new innovative technologies and regulatory changes that will enhance the industry.  
  • Meet with the regulatory agencies to identify governmental policies that can support to develop the association in meat sector.
  • Develop the association as a representative of the farmers before the government . The association will assist in the development and implementation of the Meat grading and standards, sale and purchase of cattle and lambs on live weight basis in cattle markets, retail pricing through professional regulatory bodies and facilitation to the farmers / investors  in developing feedlot  businesses in the industry.
  • Suggest the body of Association and its organogram, objectives and methodology.
  • Suggest a sustainable financial system of the association and its services for the stakeholders of the industry.
  • Assist in the registration of the association from Gov. and regulatory bodies.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Extensive international experience of having worked on Integrated Supply Chain of Meat sector.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on developing  Business Association for Feedlot Fattening farmers and value added private sector business community.
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially on developing feedlot farmers association in Meat industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills and Oral fluency in English.

International Feedlot Management Software Expert

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Project Description

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in the four targeted product lines: citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transformation of these four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrading, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

 

Objective

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical support and system management skills to the AMD team with developing a Traceability database for the integrated supply chain of the meat sector. This database is intended for the private sector AMD grantees from the beef-producing commercial feedlot fattening farms and meat processing businesses. The consultant will design and develop the system with a workable model parallel to the needs of each individual business, and then link all data to a central database. The consultant will also be required to submit detailed, step-wise implementations manuals for both usage levels: access at business level and access to centrally held data.

 

Technical assistance of an International Traceability Specialist is needed to develop a user-oriented database system for feedlot and value added businesses that would trace the backward supply of animals, supply chain of feed and feed ingredients, and animal health/weight-gain/breed. The system should have the capacity to manage data from feedlot farms with a production capacity of 500+ steers per batch, and value added businesses on a commercial scale.

 

This STTA assignment is scheduled for a period of 30 days, during which the Consultant will develop a workable plan to implement the Traceability system from Feedlot Operations level to Packaging at processing plants. 

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan;
  • Hold meetings with relevant feedlot farmers and processors pre-selected through the AMD grant program, and relevant stakeholders from public and private sector;
  • Recommend and develop a system to record incoming and outgoing animal data, including weight, bos-taurus/bos-indices character to allow the feedlot to capture and monitor data, all the way to carcass weight. This will be for all feedlot and value added businesses at an individual level, and then at the central database level;
  • Assist in developing the software to allow the feedlot and value added businesses to capture meat quality parameters;
  • Implement usage of software that will trace where the cows are purchased, weight, age, body type, and genetics to assist the feedlot owner to be able to better informed when purchasing cattle in the future;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Extensive international experience of having worked on Integrated Supply Chain of Meat sector;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on developing Traceability database for Feedlot Fattening farms and value added private sector partners;
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially possessing design and development expertise/ experience in developing Traceability in Feedlot and Value added business of Meat Supply Chain;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills and Oral fluency in English.

We are seeking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.