Land and Soil Management

Land and Soil Management

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Zimbabwe DFAPs Mid-Term Evaluation – Questions and Answers

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Would it be possible to indicate what your expectation is of actual sample sizes per community?

Offerors should propose a sample size and methodology that will produce sound data that is in line with industry standards and best practices.

Is there any indicative budget to work with?

No. Offerors should propose a realistic budget based on the resources they feel will be necessary to complete the scope of work based on their experience in completing similar assignments. A selection will be made based on best value, which combines technical qualifications and cost considerations. Offerors are encouraged to present a competitive and realistic budget for the work to be completed.

Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were mentioned in the RFP. Would you please share the appendices?

Yes, Appendices 1 – 7 have been included in the version of the RFP updated on November 17, 2015 available below the final question. Please download the complete, updated RFP from the CNFA website.

Regarding 5.1.1, shall the cover sheet including the organization’s full name, corporate address be included in the 15 page limit?

No, the coversheet is excluded from the 15 page limit.

Would you please confirm that under section Relevant Experience 5.2, 5.2.2 will be an annex and shall include the biographical data sheets with the technical portion of the proposal?

Yes, that is correct. Section 5.2.2 is an annex and therefore excluded from the page limit. Biographical data sheets should be included in section 5.2.2.

Please confirm that the sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 may be combined all in one proposal and will not need to be separated by Cost and Technical information.

Yes, that is correct. All sections may be included in one submission.

Please clarify whether 5.2.7 PPRs may be included as an annex and excluded from the 15 page limit.

Yes, section 5.2.7 PPRs should be included as an annex and is therefore excluded from the 15 page limit.

Please clarify whether 5.4.1 shall be included in the 15 page limit and if budget notes will be included in the 15 page limit.

Section 5.4.1, the Budget and Budget notes, will be excluded from the 15 page limit. Please provide sufficient detail in the budget notes to understand and evaluate how the offeror arrived at the budget figures and what line item costs are included in the budget.

Would USAID consider a one week extension of the deadline for RFP responses given the short turn around time between the release of the RFP and the response deadline?

Yes, the deadline has been extended to December 4, 2015. As a clarification, this procurement and assignment is conducted by CNFA and World Vision to support USAID-funded programs implemented by the organizations in Zimbabwe. This is not a USAID procurement.

Please comment on the length of time anticipated for the awarded consultant “to examine the internal project management of staff and resources, consortium management, internal and external communication and coordination, community participation, problem solving, the M&E system, and partnerships with other projects, among others. Measures taken to protect the local ecology, ensure gender integration, conform to FFP regulations, and avoid unintentional harm must also be considered.”

The primary aims of the midterm evaluation are:  assessing the degree to which the DFAP program interventions (both ENSURE and Amalima) match the respective approved plans and identifying factors that contribute to greater or lesser program efficiency and quality of outputs and greater or lesser acceptance of the interventions by targeted communities (RFP pg.8). Internal project management, consortium management, communication/coordination, community participation, etc should be considered and recommendations made to the extent that they affect the success of program interventions and are factors in program efficiency and community acceptance. Evaluation of management, communications, etc is not a primary, stand-alone objective of the midterm evaluation, but rather an area for examination only as it specifically relates to the primary objectives of the midterm evaluation.  Please see the illustrative timeline in Exhibit A for an overview of the expected timeline for the assignment. The length of time for specific tasks will depend upon the resource levels, methodology, and preliminary findings by the selected firm.

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Vegetable Production & Record Keeping

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

WN association has a great potential for horticultural and crop production given the fertile soils and water availability on the farm throughoutthe year. However, the association has struggled with ways to increase their vegetable production, how to estimate the potential yields and how to establish ascheme for collecting data, record production and sales data. These factors lead to poor availability of vegetables in the market during peak periods, low incomes and lost profits to the members of the association andweak production and sales data analysis.

In that regard, WN is looking for a volunteer consultant that is able to assist the association members on vegetable production best practices and a sustainable record keeping system for production and sales. The association members request technical assistance with soil improvement, (specifically the utilization of compost, cover crops, mulching and animal manure), pest management, and crop storage practices for preservation.

Through CNFA F2F program assistance, WN association would improve vegetable production in quality and quantity as well as increase profits which willensure the sustainability of the group. At the same time, members of the Association would be able to monitor and evaluate their activities accurately.

Desired Impacts

  • Income and profits increase
  • Increase the quality and quantity of vegetables
  • Improve data collection and record keeping

Desire Qualification of Volunteer

  • Practical experience in the production of vegetablesin low input systems
  • Practical experience in soil improvement and pest management
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Applying

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Train smallholders on vegetable production & record keeping’ as the subject.

Pond Aquaculture on Sugarcane Farm

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Chilomoni Integrated Fish Farming, located in Blanytre, is an aquaculture production facility which also grows vegetables and sugarcane. The farmers are prioritizing their aquaculture business, and are seeking a F2F volunteer to provide technical assistance with their business model and help improve capacity to increase production and supply.

Desired Impacts

Improve productivity, increase technical knowledge, and increase the capacity for growth.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience and extensive knowledge in aquaculture
  • Experience in adult education
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, experience working in Africa preferred but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

How to Apply

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Pond Aquaculture on Sugarcane Farm’ as the subject.

Peanut Processing

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Estrell Trading Company, a peanut butter producer located in Blanytre, Malawi, is seeking assistance from F2F to improve its production practices.

Desired Impacts

  • Assist in the development of a production plan
  • Increase in total sales due to increased production capabilities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in agriculture business plan development
  • Experience and extensive knowledge of peanut production
  • Experience in adult teaching
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

How to Apply

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Peanut processing’ as the subject.

Marketing and Business Plan Development

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Farmer to Farmer Description
Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment
Associacao Santa Isabel, a farm association based in Lamego, produces a variety of vegetables, cereals and legumes. The association is requesting a volunteer to assist with a marketing plan that will enable them to provide a greater distribution of products to a wider market. They would benefit greatly from technical assistance in business and marketing development to increase their potential for economic growth.

Desired Impacts
• A greater understanding on the part of the association on the network and structure of commercialization in order to increase economic potential.

Desired Qualification 
• Extensive knowledge in agricultural record-keeping systems and agricultural business development
• Experience in adult education and instruction
• Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred but not required
• Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

 

How to Apply 
Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Marketing and Business Plan Development’ as the subject.

Ground Nuts/Peanut Production 

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Nkanya Producers and Marketing Society Cooperation Limited (NPMSCL) produces two products; soya milk and peanut butter (locally called chiponde). The main inputs for their products are groundnuts and soy beans which are grown by the farmers themselves. The majority of the ground nut farmers have never received formal training in ground nut farming, and use traditional methods which result in low yields. The farmers lack up-to-date production information on groundnut farming. The farmers also lack knowledge on proper varieties of groundnuts suitable for processing.

The farmers would like to increase their yield of ground nuts to increase the quantity of product that can be sold raw, as well as sold as value-added products. The cooperative therefore has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them in proper ground nut farming techniques in order to increase their yields. The training will involve the general management of ground nuts plants starting from land preparation to harvesting.

Desired Impacts

  • Increase in total commodity production
  • Improved yield and quality of ground nuts

Desire Qualification of Volunteer

  • Experienced ground nuts farmer or experience with ground nuts production
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Applying

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Ground Nuts/Peanut Production’ as the subject.

Disease control (Tomato, Green Pepper, Onion)

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Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Teka Funtuka, a farm association based out of Tomboco, focuses on the production of onions, tomatoes, and green peppers. In 2014, the members of the association faced challenges with their yield, due to a pest infestation and crop disease. The farm association has requested a volunteer to provide technical assistance on integrated pest management and crop disease prevention.

Desired Impacts

  • Increased knowledge of Integrated Pest Management techniques for vegetables; specifically for tomatoes, green peppers, and onions
  • Ultimately, increased production and profits for member of the farm association

Desired Qualifications

  • Practical experience in vegetable production and pest management
  • Experience in teaching (particularly adult education)
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural town in Angola
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

Applying

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Disease control (Tomato, Green Pepper, Onion)’ as the subject.

Business Plan Development for Soy-Based Animal Feed

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

The host, a private farmer based out of Dondo, Mozambique, aspires to expand his existing business to include the production ofsoy based animal feed through a strategic partnership with local soybeanproducers.

Desired Impacts

  • Assist in the development of a production plan
  • Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement the production plan (labor, machinery, tools, etc.)
  • Assist farmers in developing a clear vision for the business venture and partnership

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience developing business/strategic plans, preferably in the agricultural industry
  • A backgroundin agricultural production
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

How to Apply

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Business Plan Development for Soy-Based Animal Feed’ as the subject.