Solicitation for a Large Scale Trial of a Food Traceability Program in Aquaculture


The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity (BANA) is a five-year project of USAID to intended to improve nutrition through growth in the aquaculture sector growth.  BANA works in 21 districts of southwestern Bangladesh and two districts in the southeast.

The contribution of fisheries sector in Bangladesh economy is enormous--  approximately 17 million people depending on the fisheries sector for their livelihoods, and the fish sector is about 3.7% of GDP--  but food safety is an ongoing concern for many people.  Research in the sector has shown that many consumers considered quality and the reliability of retailers and markets when making purchase decisions.  Consumers need a trustworthy way to be assured of product quality.

In Bangladesh there is basically no food traceability, but food safety risks are high given the inefficiencies in food transportation, handling, and storage.  And over time, as the Bangladeshi economy continues to grow and consumers become more selective, there is likely to be an increased focus on brand, food safety, and origin.  Tracking and tracing a product's path through the value chain will be fundamental to ensuring quality & trust, managing risk, and ensuring the quality of the product.

There have been several efforts to test food traceability systems in Bangladesh in the past decade or so.  All have broken down, usually due to lax monitoring along the supply chain.  BANA believes that an easy to use system will be more likely to succeed.  It is understood that any tracing system involves time and effort by all involved so incentives for supply chain actors are also important;  increased sales and profits are motivating, but a system with more immediate returns could be more attractive to suppliers.

In many countries, blockchain based systems serve this function very well.  Indeed, across the globe blockchain systems are being put in place at an increasing rate by some of the large, multinational food companies around the world.


BANA is looking for a partner who will design and implement a one year program to demonstrate a blockchain-based traceability system in Bangladesh.

The food system to be traced is a new, fat growing strain of carp (a major food fish in this country) which WorldFish (the implementer of the BANA project) has been developing for several years.  In July, the first spawn of this new strain will move to hatcheries and from there to nurseries and to farms.  This will be a controlled distribution closely monitored by WorldFish and with market actors known to WorldFish.

Scope of Work

The selected partner(s) for this program will:

  • Design a traceability system for the carp program which includes approximately 50 market actors.  This is in and around Jessore, Bangladesh.
  • Train all participating enterprises along the supply chain.
  • Continuously monitor their performance to ensure accurate, timely, and complete data collection.
  • Prepare regular reports from the system.
  • Actively promote the food traceability system and its benefits to all interested parties and prepare a sustainability plan for your role in the growth of food traceability in Bangladesh.

Who can apply

Only qualified applicants should apply.  "Qualified" means an established organization with a track record in food traceability and blockchain or similar technology and also with proven experience installing and operating such traceability systems.

Applicants should understand that this is not an offer to hire their services, but rather this is intended to be a partnership.  This means that (A) cost sharing will be an important consideration in making this award, and (B) this activity is intended to be the catalyst for continued work of this kind without additional support from BANA; it is hoped that the partner will find new clients in country.

Required documentation

If selected for the grant, the partner will be required to show:

  • NID Photocopy
  • Nationality Certificate
  • Certificate of appreciation from respective local government representative (Any of the Union Parishad member or Chairman/Vice Chairperson)
  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license);
  • An organizational organogram of key personnel, inclusive of the names of such personnel;
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN);
  • VAT registration number
  • Proof of a segregated account/bank account (providing the name and address of such an account);
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions).

Submission details

Interested parties should submit a one page inquiry on the attached form before 20 April, 2020, either online or via email to: mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.

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