Call for Expression of Interest for Upgrading Agricultural Value Chains in Ghana

Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA)/ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP)

Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Upgrading Agricultural Value Chains in Ghana

  1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) is a Government of Ghana (GoG) programme designed to provide a framework for a long-term financing arrangement for private sector-led, pro-poor agricultural value chain development in Ghana. It is being financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Ghana (GoG). The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is the implementing agency.

The overall goal of GASIP is to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction in rural Ghana with specific objective of enhancing the effectiveness and profitability of agribusinesses, while improving the climate change resilience of target populations. The Programme adopts a market-driven approach and targets all operators along agricultural value chains to promote agribusiness linkages at all levels, with a particular focus on smallholder farmers, poor rural people, women, youth (15-24 years) and young adults (25-34 years). The Programme is managed by a Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) at the national level in Accra, with operational activities at Zonal Programme offices in Dodowa, Kumasi and Tamale.

  1. OBJECTIVES OF CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI)

The GASIP is launching a call for Expression of Interest (EOI) to increase the competitiveness of agricultural value chain operators through the upgrade of cassava, rice, fruits and vegetables and aquaculture value chains.

Through this call for EOI, value chain actors (producers, processors, traders, Aggregator, providers of private and public goods and services) are invited to submit business or project ideas to upgrade and increase the competitiveness of the above-mentioned agricultural value chains that have the potential to enhance the effectiveness and profitability of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, while improving the climate change resilience of target populations.

  1. WHO CAN APPLY

This call for Expression of Interest is opened to individuals, registered groups, enterprises, public entities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or civil society organisations that:

  1. Have innovative, clear and understandable ideas in the area of agribusiness and value chain development
  2. Have ideas that have the potential to generate social and economic benefits for smallholder farmers, women, the youth and young adults in the rural areas of Ghana

iii. Have a demonstrable record of performance in agricultural value chain development and can provide evidence of the positive improvement with further development of the specific value chain.

 

  1. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND SELECTION CRITERIA

In order to facilitate evaluation of proposals and subsequent actions, submit expressions of interest of not more than 5 pages, in accordance with the following indicative outline:

  1. Description of the activity in terms of the type of actions proposed and the related results, key stakeholder groups, as well as the broad timeframe of the proposed activity/business;
  2. Experience of the applicant in the management of the proposed activity or in other activities in the same or similar sector and of a comparable scale to the one for which support is being requested;
  3. Relevance of the proposed activity to the objectives of this call for Expression of Interest as outlined in section (2) above;
  4. Relevance of the proposed activity to the needs and constraints of the particular commodity value chain
  5. The anticipated contribution of the proposed project to the effective implementation of related local development plans and the implementation of other local initiatives.

 

The evaluation of expressions of interest will assess the relevance of the proposed project to GASIP’s objective of increasing the incomes of rural smallholder farmers on a sustainable basis. Applicants whose business ideas are accepted by GASIP will be invited to submit detailed business proposals in accordance with a standard format and guidelines provided by GASIP. The final selection of business proposals to be supported by GASIP will involve a rigorous evaluation process.

  1. SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

Technical Support-GASIP will provide specific and specialised services to successful applicants through GASIP staff, government institutions at central and decentralised levels, consultants and facilitating agencies. Their individual or collective inputs will depend on the technical service requirements of approved business proposals.

Matching Grants-GASIP, through its matching grant facility, will support successful applicants to acquire facilities, equipment, and machinery to increase business viability and competitiveness. The procurement of equipment, machinery, and processing infrastructure, representing equity investments, which are directly linked to the implementation of selected proposals, could be eligible for matching grants, not exceeding 30 per cent of the equity investments.

Challenge Grants-This involves innovative activities that might be directly linked to the generation of either financial or economic benefits in the short-term, or could create an enabling environment for this to happen in the long-term – e.g. Prototype construction, demonstration field trials, small field pilot schemes related to the introduction of new energy-saving technologies and applied research could be eligible for 50 percent grant funding. Qualification for this type of support will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Value Chain Infrastructure-GASIP, through its rural value chain infrastructure grant facility, will support successful applicants to improve the value chain infrastructure needs in order to catalyse value chain development. It will involve 100 percent grant funding for public infrastructure (i.e. Roads and Irrigation facilities) and up to 60 percent grant funding for productive infrastructure (i.e warehouses and pack houses).

  1. EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF PROPOSALS

All proposals will be assessed using the same criteria. Various levels of assessment to select proposals will be in place: firstly, an administrative check or screening that will ensure that the application is complete with the required information; secondly, proposals will be examined and evaluated by an ad hoc GASIP evaluation panel, which will comprise independent technical experts.

Each EOI will be assessed for consistency with GASIP’s goal and objective, as well as for compliance with programme financial capacity to provide support. This would be done within 2 weeks after submission. Finally, the work and recommendations of the independent evaluation panel will be submitted to the Technical Advisory Committee for approval.

For EOIs that are consistent with the eligibility criteria, GASIP will invite the respective applicants to submit detailed business proposals for consideration. The proponents of unsuccessful EOIs will however be invited to re-submit their proposals in subsequent calls for EOIs.

Applications that fall short of the eligibility criteria will be returned to applicants with comments for possible re-submission.

  1. HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be in written form (hard and soft) according to the prescribed template available at the offices of the Regional Agricultural Development Units at each of the ten Administrative Regions. The completed application forms should be sent to the address and/or email below:

The National Programme Coordinator

Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme

Ministry of Food and Agriculture

P. O. Box M.37

Accra, Ghana

Tel: 0544094669 / 0244233887

Email: submission@gasip.org

           gasip@mofa.gov.gh

Location: MoFA Projects Block, 3rd Floor, in the premises of the Government Secretarial School, Cantonments, Accra.

For applicants who may not be in a position to submit their applications to the address above, they may submit hard copies of their applications to the offices of the Regional Agricultural Development Units in their respective regions and obtain official receipts as evidence of submission.

Deadline for submission of expressions of interest shall be on or before 15:00 hours GMT (i.e 3:00pm local time) on 16th December, 2016 to submit any queries or seek clarifications on this EOI via the address and/or email indicated under item 7 above. This means that any query or request for clarification after 9th December may not receive any attention.

 

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