Team: CNFA Europe | Commitment: Consulting | Location: Zimbabwe

RFP: Scoping study of green technology and quality management systems (QMS) of poultry value chains in Zimbabwe

RFP Number: RFP-ZAGP-IVPC-Scoping Study

Issuance Date:  August 8, 2019

Deadline for Questions: August 16, 2019

Deadline for Offers: August 30, 2019

Description: Scoping study of green technology and quality management systems (QMS) of poultry value chains in Zimbabwe

For: Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Project (ZAGP): Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC) Activity

Funded By: European Union -EuropeAid/157821/DD/ACT/ZW

Implemented By: CNFA Europe

Point of Contact

Carlo Abuyuan,

Nega Berecha,


Terms of Reference

Section 1: Introduction and Technical Background


1.1 Introduction: The Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC) is an EU program implemented by CNFA Europe in Zimbabwe and is a 3-year project implemented by a consortium led by the Cooperation for the Development in Emerging Countries (COSPE). Consortium partners include CNFA Europe, Livestock and Meat Advisory Council (LMAC), Welthungerhilfe (WHH), and Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT). The overall objective of the intervention is to promote an efficient poultry value chain that contributes to inclusive green economic growth in Zimbabwe. The intervention will support activities to improve economic, social and environmental performance and the enabling environment for sustainable and inclusive poultry value chains. The activity will work with small scale and medium producers of broilers and table eggs, retailers, financing institutions, private sector integrators, and public and civil society bodies to:


1.       Improve profitability (net profit) of small and medium producers (SMP);

2.       Increase the adaption of Decent Rural Employment (DRE) enhancing practices;

3.       Increase the adoption of quality management system for improved biosecurity and natural resource management;

4.       Develop replicable models to lower feed production/distribution costs for SMP;

5.       Provide business development services to SMP for inclusive VC development; and

6.       Collaborate with relevant government ministries for improved, responsive and efficient sub-sector specific regulatory, agricultural and livestock policies.


IPVC works to develop Quality Management System (QMS) to ensure poultry value chain actor’s activities meet customer and regulatory requirements as well as improve their effectiveness and efficiency on a continuous basis. Specifically, IPVC supports proper animal management and biosecurity, adherence to cold chain and food handling regulations, as well as a specific focus on improving the environmental performance of the value chain (VC) for improved efficiency, reduced costs and reduced environmental impact. IPVC works with private sector integrators to build the capacity of their extension team to promote emerging QMS minimum standards.


In Zimbabwe, frequent power outages force producers to use diesel-based generators to generate the necessary energy. This increases the costs of production while at the same time contributing more to environmental pollution. Preliminary research has identified potential limitations for adapting biogas technology for broiler production and warrants more in-depth research (through the QMS/green technology scoping study) to identify viable solutions for reduced emissions and sustainable/renewable energy usage for heating poultry houses. Preliminary research has identified options that range from locally constructed small-scale systems to specially manufactured biogas technology. Biogas has strong potential synergies for integrated farming systems where poultry SMPs may also keep cattle, for example, which contributes an improved energy source for gas production from cow dung, which is more efficient and viable than biogas from poultry production alone. This study will also rapidly assess the effectiveness of existing biogas digesters owned by SMPs. Another key area of interest for research will be to assess the financial viability of solar powered fans and heaters (in replacement of charcoal/fuelwood), solar powered incubators (in replacement of scarce electricity and petrol/diesel powered generators) or production/purchase of biomass briquettes as possible solutions for better poultry house climate control and FCR management.


IPVC will eventually develop viable and bankable business models for innovative solutions identified by the scoping study.


Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA Europe in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFP. Failure to adhere with instructions described in this RFP may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.


CNFA Europe will consider proposals in response to this RFP from both individual consultants and firms.

1.2: Terms of Reference: IPVC seeks to promote the identification and adoption of QMS and green technology along the value chain to ensure resilience and sustainability and stimulate green economic growth in the poultry value chain. This study will contribute to IPVC outcome 3: “100% of integrators and 50 % of SMPs and butcheries adopt Quality Management System enhancing practices for better biosecurity and Natural Resource Management”. The study will identify high-potential innovations to be adopted by poultry value chain actors for implementing QMS and the use of green technology, such as biogas waste-to-energy solutions and solar powered climate control systems for poultry houses. Business models will eventually be developed for each green technology pilot site, to demonstrate potential for viable return on investment and facilitate financial product development in collaboration with financial institutions supporting the poultry sector. The identified innovative QMS and green technology solutions will be supported under IPVC’s objective to improve SMP business services. The scoping study will compare the possible options as well as the specific requirements and limitations.


The study will contribute to the promotion of replicable innovative technical solutions for facilitating green economic growth in the poultry VC and for SMP productivity.


1.3: Period of Performance: This assignment is expected to be carried out during August/September 2019. Deliverable dates will be agreed upon with the selected offeror. The assignment will be carried out through a combination of field work in Zimbabwe and remote desk work.


1.4: Tasks: The selected offeror will identify high-potential innovations for implementing and scaling QMS and green technologies for the poultry value chain.

Specifically, the selected offeror will:

·         Conduct preliminary desk research on viable green technology and QMS models globally and more specifically in the Zimbabwe context

·         Identify innovative green technology or productivity-enhancing innovations to reduce bottle-necks in the poultry VC

·         Advise on what technologies are appropriate for SMPs and how they can best adopt them to adhere to QMS, NRM and DRE standards developed through IPVC

·         Identify viable and profitable innovative solutions for poultry value chain infrastructure and activities including but not limited to chicken houses, storage, and waste-management

·         Recommended solutions should prioritize viable green technologies such as solar fans, solar cold storage, solar freezers, solar incubators and biogas

·         Study should look carefully at the pros and cons of biogas as a solution to reducing emissions for heating poultry houses

·         For all analyzed technologies, scoping study will compare the possible options as well as the specific requirements and limitations of each option

·         Clearly articulate how each green innovation contributes to environmental performance of the VC

·         Clearly articulate promotion/marketing strategy for each innovative technology

·         Provide pros and cons and challenges for financial investment in each technology

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