The Suchana is a six-year project with an objective of preventing chronic malnutrition among children in the first 1,000 days of their lives. It has been implementing since 2015 in 20 Upazilas under Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts of Bangladesh. It adopts an integrated approach combining the nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions and aims to develop a sustainable and replicable model that could be scaled up in the future. Suchana is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union (EU) and is being implemented by a consortium of eight partners under the leadership of Save the Children International Bangladesh Country Office (SCiBD), including Technical Partners (TP) - Save the Children, International Development Enterprises (IDE), WorldFish, Helen Keller International (HKI); Implementing Partners (IPs) - CNRS, RDRS, and FIVDB; and research Partner- ICDDR.B.

Suchana has three broader outcomes including 1) HH food security status (HH dietary diversity and consumption of nutritious food) improved and sustained through GoB and market systems, 2) Improved IYCF and MCHN practices and improved systems to sustain changed practices and 3) Strengthened coordination and governance for multi-sectoral nutrition Programs at national & sub-national levels.

The first sub-component of outcome 1 is the implementation of market-led income generating activities (IGAs) stream with start-up investment grants. IGA focuses primarily on increasing household access to sufficient nutritious food through increased income and production for consumption to prevent chronic malnutrition and reduce the incidence of stunting. The IGA stream consists of a number of complementary activities - household (HH) selection, IGAs selection, livelihood grant, associated technical training, and market linkages development.

The second component is designed to support homestead production of nutritious food (HFP), primarily for domestic consumption, but also to support income generation by selling surplus produces. Within the HFP sub-component, there are two major sub-groups especially HFP-Aquaculture and HFP-Poultry. Both the sub-groups are provided with training and technologies to grow homestead food production that will ensure protection against sudden and seasonal climatic shocks. These activities are expected to assist the beneficiary households (BHHs) to be connected with input and output market actors such as suppliers (quality seed, seedlings, fingerlings, fertilizer, etc.) and service providers, buyers, retailers, and traders.


The main objective of the current semi-annual survey is tracking the performance of phase 3 and phase 4 beneficiaries with a set of indicators for the senior management to take an informed decision. The key focus of these indicators is measuring the results under outcome 1 of Suchana and analyzing them to determine whether the program is on course to achieve its objectives.  For phase 3 beneficiaries, this survey will be used to track progress from previous semi-annual surveys while the phase 4 beneficiaries will produce baseline results.

The specific objectives of the semi-annual survey are:

  • To report results against some of the relevant performance indicators included in the Suchana logical framework (Annex 1) that highlights the efficiency and effectiveness of IGA interventions of the project
  • To measure Market System Change (MSC) on the set MSC indicators (Annex 2) 
  • To examine the relevancy of IGAs in the context of climate resilience, inclusiveness, and gender
  • To determine the impact of IGAs in the improvement of livelihood of Suchana beneficiaries
  • To generate evidence to create discussion among the consortium to ensure interventions can be re-calibrated as required for maximum impact on the ground. This feedback loop will enable management to ‘course-correct’ from an informed position.

Interested firms/organizations should submit their proposals to the procurement unit, iDE Bangladesh through email to: bangladesh.procurement@ideglobal.org  by 4:30 PM on 03/08/2020.

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