In February 2016 the Dutch Postcode Lottery awarded SMH a grant to finance the project Coffee Farmers in Dire Straits. The proposal for this project was developed together with Fairtrade Africa and Food Cabinet, supported by Fairtrade International. See Annex 1 for the full Project Description.
In order to execute this project, SMH works together with the mentioned partners. For part of the work in Kenya, FTA will subcontract another specialised organisation called We Effect
OBJECTIVES OF THE OVERALL PROJECT
The Climate Academy aims to increase the climate change resilience of coffee farmers, organised in SPOs, through training and subsequent application of insights, skills and techniques designed to better adapt to climate change. Farmers learn from experts and from each other (Farmer field school methodology). The project results in a Climate Academy Guide which will be made available for other coffee SPOs.
In parallel a communication program called Coffee to Stay will be carried out in the Netherlands. This program raises awareness on the dramatic impact of climate change for small-scale coffee farmers. It builds on the experiences generated in the Climate Academy. Coffee of from Fairtrade certified Machakos Union serves as a vehicle to bring the message to the public.
Key pillars and objectives of Coffee Farmers in Dire Straits:
Coffee to Stay
The Fairtrade Week of autumn 2017 is turned into a Fairtrade Climate week, focused spiralling around the Climate Academy carried out in Kenya.
PROJECT COMPOSITION AND TIMELINE
The project consists of two main implementation parts.
Machakos program – running from March 2017 until February 2019.
Phase 2 and 3 (foreseen in Kenya and Ethiopia) – running from February 2018 to February 2020.
Development Climate Academy Guide – between December 2017 and April 2018
Coffee to Stay
Communication Campaigns in the Netherlands. Emphasis from October to December 2017. In 2018 and 2019 activities will be repeated, with content following the developments in the Climate Academy execution.
CONTEXT TO COFFEE IN DIRE STRAITS & THE CLIMATE ACADEMY
The focus area for this Terms of Reference is the Climate Academy Guide.
This guide is scheduled to be rolled out for use in Phase 2 and Phase 3 in April 2018 to September 2019.
However, the design and development of the guide is expected to be as a result of learnings from the ongoing work within the initial site for the project: Machakos Union and select Primary Cooperatives, as well as knowledge of the consultants and application of the Fairtrade approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The guide should ensure that it includes a participatory approach that includes producers’ indigenous knowledge, existing coping mechanisms as well as methodologies to improve resilience to climate change. The guide should ensure that the output from its use is both systemic and makes best use of existing structures/resources, with the modest budget available for adaptation and mitigation work.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY SERVICE
The objective of this consultancy is to lead the design and inception-phase of implementation of the Climate Academy Guide (implementation of the Guide being inception of Phase 2 and 3).
The Climate Academy Guide must be coherent with the requirements of producers as well as align with the Fairtrade Africa Approach to Climate Change. The guide should be practical in its design, easy to follow and include self- driven programmes that can be implemented by the producer organisations directly, without too much additional assistance from external parties. Most importantly, the guide should reflect a realistic combination of deliverables in line with available budgets.
SPECIFIC TASKS TO BE DONE BY THE CONSULTANT
The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
The consultant is expected to respond with a detailed Letter of Intent that includes a budget and work plan as part of the selection process. Samples of similar work will be accorded extra points. A budget for translation, graphics and other communication materials should be detailed in the response and will be part of the selection process.