Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is a Not - for - Profit Organization registered in Kenya. It is a member of the Global Solidaridad Network with headquarters in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Solidaridad works towards improvement of livelihoods of smallholder producers through producer support and market linkages. The goal of Solidaridad is to improve standards of living for project beneficiaries as well as contributing to the national economies in the respective countries through development of sustainable commodity value chains.
FOOD FOR ALL PROJECT
The Food for All (F4APK), is a five-year food security project, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Netherlands. The project targets to reach 48,500 smallholder farmers in Meru, Makueni, Embu, Machakos and Tharaka Nithi Counties in the Eastern Region of Kenya, with the overall goal of ‘Improving the livelihoods and resilience of 48,500 households, through improving access and availability of good food and livestock products, thereby reducing food and Nutrition insecurity in Eastern region of Kenya’. The project targets at generating increased growth of incomes and engender private sector partnerships with farmer enterprises that will enhance community resilience. The project works to improve local and regional qualitative, good and affordable food and nutrition by improving production and consumption of high value vegetables and livestock products. The project will also work towards improving market efficiency and sustainability of food chains for national, regional and international markets; and thirdly, inclusive business which will impact on low income groups, both employees, producers, labor and entrepreneurs. These will form the basis for the diversification of livelihoods, incomes and increased access and consumption of quality good foods and nutrition for the farmers in the target project areas and consumers.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
Project Goal: The overall goal of the project is ‘Improving the livelihoods and resilience of 48,500 households, through improving access and availability of good food and livestock products, thereby reducing food and Nutrition insecurity in Eastern region of Kenya’.
I. Objective 1: Improve production and productivity of high value vegetables and dairy products in the Eastern region of Kenya.
Outcome 1: 48,500 (55 percent Women and 10 percent Youth) smallholder farmers in the Eastern region of Kenya have improved both crop and dairy productivity by 60%, as a result of project intervention addressing both local and global food and nutrition security.
F4APK business cases offer exciting opportunities for dairy and horticulture sub-sectors’ development by promoting inclusivity of small-scale commercial farmers, involvement of entrepreneurial women & youth and creating sustainable linkages with private sector companies. The business cases are expected to be economically viable, innovative and scalable. The three business cases in the project are:
1. The Dairy Business case
Establishing 5 Dairy hub plants with a capacity to handle 10,000litres of milk per day, to facilitate milk aggregation. Milk chilling and value addition into products such as yoghurt & fermented milk is promoted. The hubs are linked to major milk processors in Kenya for purchase of surplus milk. Through the hubs, dairy farmers’ capacity on governance, fodder production and business management is enhanced through training. High yielding nutritious fodder varieties are introduced. The hubs are linked to animal production technicians who offer veterinary and AI services.
2. Nursery Business case
Establishing of 10 tissue culture banana nurseries and 15 vegetable and fruit nurseries with women and youth groups. The project is working with 200 women in establishment and management of 10 tissue culture hardening nurseries, with an output of 120,000 seedlings per year. For vegetable and fruit seedlings, the project is working with 300 youths in establishment of 15 seedling nurseries, with an output of 900,000 seedlings per year. The youth and women have been trained on seedling raising, crop nutrition and nursery management. The nurseries are sustainable commercial entities supplying quality seedlings to neighboring farmers.
3. Processing business case
Sourcing of fine beans for canning for the export market and other fruits and vegetables for the domestic market through an out-grower farmer model. The business case is working towards increasing returns from horticulture products by capacity building farmer groups on good agricultural practices, product certification (Global GAP) and processing of vegetables for export in partnership with Meru Greens Horticulture through their canning factory at EPZ Kitengela. This business case is working with 38,500 horticulture farmers.
More details about the Food for All Project and the 3 business cases can be found in the project document accessed through this link: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A...
PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE EVALUATION
The objective of this consultancy is to undertake an in-depth evaluation of the 3 business cases in the F4APK. The businesses cases in this project offer opportunities in both the dairy and the horticulture sector. Five cooperatives in the dairy sector, one value adding horticulture SME and youth groups are major partners in the business cases with different roles in the value chains. This evaluation is informed by the need to know the impact, viability and potential for scaling up of the business cases in the project, potential avenues of improvement along the value chains and commercial sustainability.
The results stemming out of this assessment will be used as input for the final project evaluation study (to be done later) and for the end of programme documentation. Solidaridad is therefore looking for a trustworthy, experienced, and reliable consultancy firm or individual to collect the data needed, analyze and interpret the data to provide insight for improvement and give recommendations for scale up and scale up pathways. The assessment will consist of sample interviews with farmer beneficiaries (if necessary), business partners, and Food for All project staff in Kenya who participated in the programme; and analyzing the data and clearly communicating the impact and lessons learnt.
SCOPE OF WORK AND KEY TASKS
The consultant is requested to use all or one among the many evaluation methodologies which may be useful in bringing out the desired objectives of the study. Participatory methods shall be used to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. The methodologies may include, but not limited to:
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
The key deliverables are:
An expression of interest (EOI) for the study, outlining the proposed methodology and process of data collection and analysis that specifies:
Datasets: The consultant shall submit all datasets, cleaned & raw, transcription or audio files during focus group discussions, KI, scripts for data analysis and any form of data captured during the implementation of this assignment.
The findings of each business case regarding their KPIs, the evidence of scalability and sustainability. The findings must also include:
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
PROFILE OF EVALUATORS
Solidaridad is looking for an evaluation firm or consultant experienced in qualitative and quantitative research, and writing high quality reports. The team conducting the evaluation should have experience conducting research on scalability and sustainability of development programme interventions, more specifically business cases. The successful applicant will propose a team that can provide adequate experience to conduct the assessment and that meets the following requirements:
Experience with smallholder dairy and horticulture value chain development (SMEs)
Experience in private sector/market system development (access to markets and finance)
Experience with agri-SME development
Experience in Kenya / East Africa/ Africa
Experience in program evaluation, especially with qualitative data collection
Understanding the assignment
Feedback on ToR
Proposed approach and work plan
Clarity on roles and responsibilities in team
Clarity & adequacy of work schedule
Budget for assignment submitted
Interested parties should submit a work plan and budget proposal by CoB November 18th, 2019.
o Budget proposals should include logistics costs (transport, communications, and accommodation)
Decision of selected consultant will be done by November 22, 2019. Consider your application unsuccessful if you will not get feedback by 27th November 2019.
Inception meeting and report submitted by December 2, 2019 the latest.
Food for All team will provide all contact information for samples and key informants to by December 6, 2019 the latest.
Interviews should be carried out during the months of December 2019 and January 2020.
All reports should be submitted during the first week of February 2020 the latest.
For this assignment, you are required to propose a budget including all travel and accommodation, expertise and stationery expenses. You are also required to provide for taxation in your budget. Please provide a justifiable budget for the assignment to be carried out within proposed timelines.
Deliver your hard copy applications in an envelope clearly marked “APPLICATION FOR BUSINESS CASE ASSESSMENT FOR FOOD FOR ALL PROJECT” to:
SOLIDARIDAD Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre
Kilimani Business Centre, Kirichwa Road,
P.O. Box 42234 - 00100 GPO, Nairobi