eC2: SRL-IFC Advisory-Sierra Leone Agricultural Initiative

Deadline: 23-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Florinda

The objective of this assignment is to improve the livelihoods of at least 150 households through improved agriculture (technical and commercial) and household practices (i.e. use of assets, family budgeting, nutrition, gender equity, etc.) and develop access to improved technical know-how by building capacity of 40 lead farmers that will share knowledge of improved technical practices with their peers.

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Scaling up climate-smart agriculture in Lesotho

Lesotho’s agricultural system faces a growing number of climate-related vulnerabilities scaling-climate-smart-agriculture-lesotho-1140x500with drought, floods, pests, and extreme temperatures occurring more frequently. In response, the Government of Lesotho is collaborating with the World Bank to integrate climate change into the country’s agriculture policy agenda through the Lesotho Climate-Smart Agriculture Investment Plan (CSAIP).

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eC2: Design and delivery of a sustainability module and analytical training on value chain finance for the World Banks Sustainable/ Climate Smart Agricultural Banking Program

Deadline: 23-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

(i) Review the existing full package of training materials, upgrade and revise them as needed in order to integrate sustainability into each of the course modules and improve the overall presentation of the materials.
(ii) Design a standalone module on sustainable agricultural lending and lending to climate smart agriculture and integrate this into the course.

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eC2: Lesotho Agriculture Insurance Feasibility Study

Deadline: 09-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)scaling-up-innovations-in-agriculture-lessons-from-africa-780x439

The objective of this assignment is to investigate the market potential for smallholder agricultural insurance in Lesotho. It will focus on the identification of insurance providers who would be willing to offer this type of insurance, existing factors that may enhance or limit their ability to enter into this market, as well as the potential for integrating insurance within the priority value chains. The priority value chains for the purposes of this study are grains, dairy, horticulture (fruit/vegetables), poultry, piggery, and fisheries/aquaculture.

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eC2: Lesotho Agriculture Insurance Feasibility Study

Deadline: 02-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) scaling-up-innovations-in-agriculture-lessons-from-africa-780x439

The objective of this assignment is to investigate the market potential for smallholder agricultural insurance in Lesotho. It will focus on the identification of insurance providers who would be willing to offer this type of insurance, existing factors that may enhance or limit their ability to enter into this market, as well as the potential for integrating insurance within the priority value chains. The priority value chains for the purposes of this study are grains, dairy, horticulture (fruit/vegetables), poultry, piggery, and fisheries/aquaculture.

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Investing in Nutrition Smart Agriculture (NSmartAg) means everybody wins

While in Malange, Angola, we met Florinda Chilumbo, a farmer who has 200 hectares Florindaplanted with fruits and vegetables.These are much-needed food groups in a region where malnutrition is common. But public policies favor the production of less-nutritious maize and soy, so she is thinking of dedicating more land to those crops. Indeed, there are no incentives for investing in Nutrition Smart Agriculture (NSmartAg) in Angola, or much of the rest of the world.

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As incomes rise, farm employment drops

Globally, the proportion of people working in the agriculture sector has seen a steady farmers_working_in_their_fields_in_guinea.jpgdecline. However, looking at global averages is not enough to understand this trend, as this decline has not been evenly distributed. We break down the world population into two groups (measured through either income or consumption expenditure): the bottom 40% (the poorest people in any given country) and the upper 60% of the income distribution.

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eC2: Agricultural Technologies and Supply Chain Innovations (AgTech) Project. Use Case 2: Digitally Enhanced Agricultural Extension Service Delivery

Deadline: 29-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)agriculture-youth

IFC is seeking to introduce IT based solutions that help its agribusiness clients to increase the number of farmers they reach cost-effectively with consistent extension messages. IFC intends to contract a Consulting Firm who will use communication technologies to deliver standard and localized extension messages to Smallholder Farmers (SHFs) and agents participating in the AgTech project. This approach primarily entails the use of digital tools to deliver extension trainings and to receive feedback from trainees, thereby improving service and the quality of information delivered to SHFs. The required digital solution would be the use of videos integrating other communication channels, such as radio, mobile applications, SMS, and interactive voice response for the delivery of localized and consistent extension messages to SHFs/ agents.
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eC2: Support to the identification and implementation of priority reforms in the agribusiness sector in Guinea

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Investment Climate (IC) in Agribusiness project is a pillar of the IFC-World Bank imagesAction Plan to promote the agribusiness sector in Guinea. The World Bank Group recently assessed the main constraints and opportunities for the development of the agribusiness sector in Guinea.
The IC in Agribusiness project aims to improve the business climate for agribusiness through the implementation of targeted reforms aimed at unlocking investments high potential value chains and improving investments retention and generation. To implement these reforms, a dialogue mechanism to mobilize government and business community’s commitment is needed.

The IFC seeks to hire the services of a Consultant to support the identification and implementation of priority reforms for the agribusiness sector in Guinea. The Consultant will help drive the reforms on the Guinea agribusiness sector and will work closely with the designated teams within to implement these reforms.

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eC2: Brand Design and Marketing Strategy for Export Promotion – Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)initiative seeks to improve the untitledquantity and quality of livestock commodities produced in the county by the key value chain actors. More specifically, the LIFS project focuses on improved productivity across the red meat value chain from livestock production to slaughter, processing and access to markets.
The existing value chain in the county is however fragmented and characterized by limited coordination between the value chain activities and players, and disease control thus unable to compete directly in the international market with producers like Australia. For the Scheme to be bankable, preliminary findings inform of the need to focus on a differentiated product and targeting of high-value local and international markets. This assignment, therefore, seeks to engage an experienced consultant firm to develop a brand design and marketing strategy for export promotion of the products that will be produced in the LIFS value chain.

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