Request for Applications

The USAID/Bangladesh Feed the Future (FtF) Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC) activity is designed to catalyze market system changes that promote a diversified farm management approach oriented to intensified rice production and higher-value, nutrient-rich crops to increase incomes and improve food security and nutrition in the Khulna, Barisal, and southern districts of Dhaka divisions of Bangladesh (RDC zone). RDC’s goal is to increase rural incomes by catalyzing a process that leads to competitive and inclusive rice-based market systems. RDC aims to facilitate strategic, market system-strengthening interventions to improve rice intensification and diversification.

As part of this program, RDC is working with the private sector to improve sales distribution networks for agricultural inputs. These networks include agricultural Input Supply Companies, Dealers, Agents, and Retailers. Improving these networks will result in benefits for all market actors including farmers.

RDC is inviting Input Supply Companies interested in developing/improving the performance of their Dealer network to submit applications presenting:

  1. Performance improvements you would like to develop among your Dealers (identify the areas of Dealer performance that you want to improve – see list on back for examples).
  2. Illustrative incentives that you will provide to your Dealers (to promote desired performance)
  3. List of Dealers that you will include in your pilot program
  4. Description of the activities that you would like to undertake (with technical and/or cost share support from RDC) to promote the desired performance with your targeted Dealers.
  5. How you propose to monitor your Dealer performance system.
  6. How these Dealer performance improvements will benefit your Company, the targeted Dealers, and farmers in the RDC zone.

Applications should be submitted via email at clearly stating the “Application in response to RFA # 12-2018-Dealer Performance Management Systems” in the subject line of email no later than 27th December 2018. The applicants can find an application for funding form at the following link.

Application for Funding

* Issuance of this request for applications in no way constitutes a commitment by RDC to execute any agreement or to pay any costs incurred by firms that respond to this request.