Job: Consultant(s) - Terms of Reference to Conduct Farmer Profiling in Tanzania

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)


Apply by 4 December 2017


I. Background and Context

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA, is a not-for-profit organization working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor smallholder farmers in Africa. In AGRA’s strategy for 2015-2020, which focuses on furthering the agricultural transformation in 11 African countries, with key activities including improving access to finance, access to improved seed and fertilizer, access to markets, farmer awareness and capacity building for smallholder farmers in the agriculture sector. In order to understand and frame AGRA Tanzania’s unique value proposition in agricultural transformation within the Country, AGRA Tanzania seeks to conduct farmer profiling to generate supplemental baseline data that will be used to monitor project progress against set indicators over the project implementation period.

AGRA’s mission is to catalyze and sustain an agricultural transformation in Africa through innovation-driven productivity increases and access to markets and finance that improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

AGRA’s overall vision of success is centered on three headline goals to be achieve by 2020 through its efforts to catalyze, convene, and align with an alliance of partners and grantees:
  • Double the incomes of 9 million farm households through the direct result of activities of AGRA, grantees, and partners to increase productivity and access to markets and finance in six countries where it is seeking to catalyze an agricultural transformation.
  • Contribute to doubling the incomes of another 21 million farm households through the contributions of AGRA, grantees, and partners to policies, programs, and partnerships that increase productivity and access to markets and finance in other countries where an agricultural transformation is already under way, but needs to be sustained.
  • AGRA Tanzania aims to contribute to the overall goal of AGRA by doubling incomes for 1.5 million farming households directly and another 2 million indirectly.
  • Support all focus countries on a pathway to attain and sustain an agricultural transformation through sustainable agricultural productivity growth and access to markets and finance.
Based on its initial prioritization for the new strategy (2016-2020), AGRA Tanzania will seek to conduct this profiling in the regions of Kagera, Kigoma, Ihemi-Ludewa and Sumbawanga – Katavi clusters over the next one and a half months with a custom tailor-made tool. Even though each region is unique, the assessment of where each region and farmers are in terms of their agricultural transformation and their distance from the description of a fully transformed farmer will help in planning and defining the interventions required.

In all these regions, AGRA Tanzania will work leverage on data from its own ongoing and past investment in the target countries and other credible sources of data including research institutions, Institutions of Higher Learning, Ministries of Agriculture and International Development Agencies (official statistics, published information etc.)

II. Purpose of the assignment

The main purpose of the assignment is to establish a baseline on the exact /actual numbers of targeted Smallholder farmer beneficiaries by undertaking:
Farmer engagement, selection and profiling
Setting baseline values against the predetermined targets (expected changes)

In addition, information collected will be used:
To assist in setting appropriate targets for future interventions
To inform the strategic decisions on the design and implementation of future interventions

Thus, AGRA seeks to recruit consultants to design and conduct the baseline setting cum farmer profiling.

III. The Scope

The baseline setting is expected to establish the current levels of smallholder farmers in the Ag. Transformation pathway. Some of the values will be validated through a review of secondary data while some of the indicators will need to be determined through key informant’s interviews. This activity will provide AGRA Tanzania with an information base against which it will use to monitor the success of its investments. Furthermore, it will guide targeting with the right kinds of assistance. Key criteria proposed for categorization/segmentation include changes to incomes, demographics, agricultural potential (productivity, access to BDS, finance) and Post-Harvest Management. Drawing on this, AGRA proposes to classify farmers into four groups subsistence, transition, pre-commercial and commercial. The exercise shall be closely linked with the monitoring frameworks so that the data collected can be referred to during ongoing monitoring and end-term reviews, and for any subsequent evaluations.

The areas of focus will include but (not limited to) the following:

a) Demographic information on the farmer and Farmer Organization
Name, Age, Gender, mobile contacts, ID NO/DL No/Voter registration No, GPS locationof homestead, Village, Ward, District, Region
FO Name, Year of Registration, Type of Registration, GPS location

b) Farm incomes
Household income refers to net earnings from all income generating activities (i.e. Total cost of production, Value at farm gate, Total cost of marketing, Transportation, Levies, Cost of Communication etc.)
Done through Gross Margin Analysis

c) Crop productivity
Agricultural input systems- commercialization and availability of improved seed and other technologies, access to certified inputs, capacity building of input supply value chain actors and production of appropriate fertilizer blends and other soil management technologies/practices
Adoption of agriculture productivity enhancing technologies – extension support; promote proven technologies to farmers through various print, media and other community-focused approaches

d) Post-Harvest Management
Post-harvest losses – crop storage facilities; post-harvest technologies and practices, capacity building

e) Accessing markets through structured trade
targeted produce going through structured markets meets market quality standards, and attract higher value on produce
SMEs and FOs with capacity to participate in structured markets

f) Access and utilization of services
Financial and risk management services for smallholder farmers and SMEs in agriculture value chain
Affordable financial and business development services
FO linkage to input providers; BDS providers, off takers; Financial Service Providers; PHT providers
FO Capacity building – Training on GAP, PHM, Farming as a business

IV. Methodology

The data collection shall entail largely the use of a predetermined data collection guide/tool. The M&E Officer shall the perfect the draft tool and produce a guide that FOs can use to generate the required data

Expected Deliverables
Database in excel listing all farmers reached and their properties as found out
Farmer categorization by incomes into the 4 quantiles

These reports shall be reviewed and accepted by the M&E Unit and the Head of GST 3 before payment is approved.

V. Reporting arrangements

The consultant (s) shall report directly to the Head of GST 3, who will designate the M&E Officer as the Contact Officer to coordinate the activity on day-to-day basis.

VI. Time-frame

The study is expected to be completed over a period of 45 days.

VII. Individual Requirements

The consultant shall provide the following
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Capacity Statement
  • Relevant experience related to the assignment
  • Professional fee/cost for undertaking the assignment
  • Appropriate references
  • Other costs, e.g. accommodation, travel etc.
  • At least 3 references from recent clients in the past 3 years.
VIII. Criteria for selection of Consultant (s)

The consultant (s) shall be selected on the basis of their proven experience, qualifications and ability to deliver a quality product in a timely and efficient manner.

IX. Expression of interest

Interested individuals should submit by email their Curriculum Vitae, statements of competence and preferred cluster to work in by December, 4th, 2017 to [email protected]. All questions related to this assignment should be addressed to [email protected].

X. Disclaimer

AGRA reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed participants, the right to withdraw from the proposal process, the right to change this timetable at any time without notice and reserves the right to withdraw this tender at any time, without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.