Request for Proposal (RFP)

CONSULTING FIRM FOR CONDUCTING BASELINE SURVEY

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to strengthen livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security. Globally, more than 1 billion people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

BACKGROUND

WorldFish is an international, non-profit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty. In the developing world, more than 1 billion poor people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 250 million depend on fishing and aquaculture for their livelihoods. The WorldFish mission is to strengthen livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security by improving fisheries and aquaculture. We pursue this through research partnerships focused on helping those who stand to benefit the most—poor producers and consumers, women and children.

Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity, hence after refer to as BANA/Activity, is a five-year award made by USAID to WorldFish in February 2018. Its aim is to sustain positive aquaculture sector growth in south-west Bangladesh and Cox’s Bazar district through an inclusive market system approach.

It builds on the achievements of the six-year USAID Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project which saw livelihoods of small-scale fish farmers improve through increased production and quality of tilapia, carp, shrimp and prawn in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence.

The Activity takes a market systems approach where the emphasis is on facilitation rather than direct implementation. A key principle is to encourage capacity building in existing value chain actors rather than establishing unsustainable capacity that will disappear at the end of the Activity.

Goal: The goal of the Activity is to achieve inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market system approach, the specific objectives are:

Objective 1: Increased productivity of aquaculture production systems

Aquaculture development in Bangladesh has been constrained by a lack of high quality seed and feed, as well as poor management practices. To address these the Activity, in collaboration private sector actors, aims to i) increase the availability of improved fish seed ii) increase the availability of affordable, high quality fish feed, and iii) increase adoption of best pond management practices.

Objective 2: Strengthened aquaculture market systems, with particular attention to expanding opportunities for women and youth

Aquaculture market growth has been driven by increased production. However, despite clearly expressed consumer concerns over the farmed fish safety and quality, post-harvest handling and market supply chains are poorly managed. The result is reduced profitability across many key aquaculture value chains, threatening sustainable growth of the sector. Meanwhile, despite the growing importance of farmed fish in the national economy, the sector has little representation in policy-making bodies or ability to consumer concerns. To address these issues  the Activity, in collaboration with private sector actors, will i) increase market linkages, ii) increase engagement of the private sector in aquaculture markets and iii) improve the enabling environment for inclusive aquaculture sector growth.

Objective 3: Increased awareness and adoption of nutrition-related behaviors, with a particular focus on women and youth

Despite considerable progress, under-nutrition rates remain high for the poor and vulnerable. Poor dietary quality leads to inadequate consumption rates of key vitamins and minerals, contributing to childhood stunting, cognitive impairment, reduced productivity and lowered earning potential, thereby undermining national development. These issues can be addressed through increased fish consumption hence, the Activity will, in a gender equitable manner, focus on i) increasing nutrition awareness and practices and ii) improving access to diverse and nutritious food.

Target

  1. 400,000 men, women and youth in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) have access to improved access to better quality aquaculture inputs, services, and/or market channels
  2. 30 percent expansion of investment by the private sector in the Feed the Future ZOI in aquaculture production and market related to inputs and services (seed, feed, production/ market related information, technology, etc.)
  3. 30 percent increase in productivity from ponds and ghers in the Feed the Future ZOI
  4. 20 percent increase in the number of households adopting improved nutritional practices (consumption of nutritious food, dietary diversity and hygiene practices)

This Activity will carry out the baseline study to collect the information against the indicators set for the period of implementation. Thus, WorldFish is going to hire a survey/research firm for 40 days under BANA to conduct this study which will start April/May 2019.

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