THE COFFEE RESILIENCE PROGRAM IN EAST AFRICA
The coffee program in Solidaridad has over the years been supported by various development partners. The current program, dubbed The Coffee Resilience Program (2018-2020) is a multi-country (Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania) program. In Kenya, the program is implemented in Nyeri, Machakos, Embu, Kirinyaga and Meru Counties. The program targets organized farmers in cooperatives and farmer groups who are supported to maximize on their productivity, coffee quality and incomes. The program aspires to support farmers secure specialty coffee markets and consequently fetch better prices for their coffees. The attainment of this goal is largely dependent on the adoption of best farm practises, quality management and the ability to build and maintain relationships with market facing coffee actors along the value chain. The program operates a service provision model that equips youth farmers with relevant skills on various subjects who in return deliver services for a fee to the coffee communities.
KEY PILLARS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COFFEE RESILIENCE PROGRAM
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY SERVICE
The objective of this consultancy is to offer a short integrated course on coffee quality management from the farm to the cup linked to value addition and market access for specialty coffees. 200 youth farmers from Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Embu and Machakos counties are targeted for this course. This training is informed by the gaps identified along the value chain which include; a.) Farmer organizations lack the capacity to manage their coffee quality effectively during processing, b.) Farmers do not have the requisite skills to assess their coffee quality before releasing coffee to their millers and marketers c.) Farmers have limited market access skills especially for the specialty coffee d.) A majority of the youth from the coffee communities are unemployed. At the end of this course, farmers and their organizations should be able to access these services from a pool of trained youth farmers for a fee. The youth should also have the capacity to gain an income from coffee value addition activities.
The consultant is expected to tailor the training to the local context with the focus of building the youth capacity on coffee quality management, value addition and market access within the framework of small holder and medium estates set ups. The consultant will also produce a coffee evaluation manual which should be practical in design, easy to follow that can be implemented by the trainees without much additional assistance from external parties.
SPECIFIC TASKS TO BE DONE BY THE CONSULTANT
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
While submitting the Technical Proposal, the Applicant attach the following:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (including a breakdown of costs for fee, travel, and number of working days).
The consultant will directly report to PFC- Coffee Project Manager.
The deadline for submission of the EOI will be on 14th October 2019
The completed proposal together with a budget and work plan (inclusive of relevant taxes), 1 Hard copy, clearly marked, CONSULTANCY FOR COFFEE QUALITY MANAGEMENT, VALUE ADDITION AND MARKET ACCESS TRAINING should be hand delivered to the address below.
We regret that only successful candidate will receive a written communication.
SOLIDARIDAD Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre
Kilimani Business Centre, Kirichwa Road,
P.O. Box 42234 - 00100 GPO.
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