Solicitation to create a newspaper column or radio show
to promote aquaculture as a sector and fish as a nutritional food

Background

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

Fish is an important part of good nutrition.  The average Bangladeshi consumes 63gm fish per day, and fish is an important source of protein and essential micronutrients particularly indigenous small fisher are rich in vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc The poor people of Bangladesh eat more small fishes rather than bigger fishes and animal meat.  In Bangladesh, the malnutrition problem especially in  women of reproductive age and children are critical which need to be resolved

It is important that information about the nutritional value of fish be communicated to people through the 23 districts where Feed the Future works-- and, indeed, throughout the country.  Messages to encourage people to eat more fish will help improve the physical and cognitive development of children in Bangladesh.

BANA is not hiring anyone to do this; rather, BANA will help open a sustainable line of communication about the nutritional benefits of Bangladeshi fish, and the successful applicant(s) will carry it on.

Objective:

We are looking for a few entrepreneurial journalists.  We have a business proposition. 

The business is a syndicated newspaper column or radio show.  That is, the successful applicant will write a regular column for newspapers or a record a short show for radio stations, and various papers and stations across the country will print or broadcast them.  The media company and the journalist will share revenue generated by advertising place next to the column or after the radio show.  With content focused on families, fish, and nutrition, likely advertisers will be groceries, fish feed companies, fish processors, and any company that sells things for families.

You find the advertisers.  BANA helps you get started, and you turn this into a business.  You benefit by earning an income, and good quality nutrition messages reach people who need to know.

Scope of work:

The selected partners are journalists, people with experience in media, people who can produce and deliver quality content.  It will be good if you know about nutrition and aquaculture, and it will be critical that you can manage this as a small business.

Key deliverables:

  • Sustainable business plan including a pro forma income statement
  • A good plan to sell the column or program to media companies
  • The first five columns in popular national daily newspaper or scripts of the first five radio programs

Who can apply:

Only qualified applicants should apply. "Qualified" means an established organization with a track record in newspaper and community radio sector.

Required documentation:

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

  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license);
  • Joint stock registration certificate (if applicable);
  • 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 (providing the name and address of such an account);
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions).
  • The partner must bear all annual income tax (AIT).
  • Percentage of VAT and total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal.

Submission details:

Interested parties should submit a one page inquiry on the attached form on or before April 10, 2020, either online or via email to: wfbanaproject@cgiar.org mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.