MENNONITE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATES – MEDA
NIGERIA WAY PROJECT
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA is an international economic development organization; whose mission is to create innovative business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of compassionate business professionals, we partner with the economically active poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions of the world. Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, gender-responsive and environmentally sustainable technology, business training, access to market information, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor and agricultural development. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

NIGERIA WAY PROJECT SUMMARY

MEDA’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment in Northern Nigeria project (Nigeria WAY) in Bauchi state is a five-year project that aims at assisting poor, economically active women and youth to increase their income, specifically, those who are involved in agro-processing in the rice, soybean, and groundnuts value chains. Using a private sector approach, MEDA Nigeria works with small scale businesses particularly those led by women and youth, to ensure that they are included in the market system, supporting agro-processing with smart incentives. Additionally, the project will work with communities and families to improve the environment where girls grow up and join the market economy. The overall objective of the Nigeria WAY project is to increase the contribution by entrepreneurs and small-scale businesses particularly those owned by women and youth to Nigeria’s Economic Growth.

1.  FACILITATING THE FABRICATION OF TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT RICE PARBOILING

The Nigeria WAY project has been supporting training for women parboilers in using the false bottom and lid technology recommended by FMARD. This technology improves the market price of processed parboiled rice by 30%. The training identified the need to organize/strengthen equipment fabricators into alliances at the community, Local Government and State levels to effectively reach women parboilers, grassroots entrepreneurs and small-scale businesses in communities in Bauchi State.

Furthermore, The Nigeria WAY project piloted a briquette manufacturing training program in three Local Government Areas: Bauchi, Toro and Dass.

OBJECTIVE OF THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The objective for this call for expression of interest is to find a consultant who can:

(a)          Support improvement of business capacity of fabricators to service the needs of agro-processors in the rice, groundnuts and Soybean value chains, in Bauchi state.

(b)          Support the creation of a network of fabricators and artisans around Bauchi.

(c)           Support the acquisition of false bottom and lid technology to women and youth entrepreneurs.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

In the course of the work, the prospective applicants are expected to deliver the following:

(a)          Identify and mobilize fabricators in communities in 7 target LGAs (in coordination with our key facilitating partner and women sales agents).

(b)          Identify 42 district level strategic fabricators in 7 LGA’s with an almost even spread of strategic fabricators in 7 targeted LGAs (around 6 per LGA)

(c)           Facilitate the establishment of associations/alliances at target communities, target LGAs and at the State Levels.

(d)          Develop a catalogue of technologies that the trained fabricators can produce.

(e)          Facilitate linkages between equipment fabricators and Women Sales Agents and Agro dealers.

(f)           Facilitate the training of fabricators and artisans in False bottom molds and lid fabrication

(g)          Work with MEDA Nigeria to facilitate the acquisition of false bottom and lid technology by Entrepreneurs.

(h)          Strengthen fabricator networks by creating linkages with other fabricators, producers, artisans and processors in Bauchi State.

(I)           Support fabricators to form inclusive associations and/or strengthen their existing associations/networks

(j)           Write a technical report of executed activity.

APPLICANT’S ELIGIBILITY

For an applicant to be eligible to apply for this grant: –

(a)          Applicant must possess good knowledge of the geography and context of Bauchi State.

(b)          Applicants must be in business (a fabricator) possess a business premise for conducting business in Bauchi State.

(c)           Relevant experience working with agro-equipment suppliers and fabricators in Bauchi or in Northern Nigeria.

(d)          Gender and environmental responsiveness in the use of technologies and in all her interventions are important cross-cutting components that Nigeria WAY examines. Nigeria WAY will build capacity of their partners to adopt best practices in gender and environmental responsiveness. Together, as part of the agreement, Nigeria WAY and the applicant will agree to execute the proposed project in a manner that promotes gender and environment best practices.

Instructions for Submission:

Please visit www.meda.org/niqeria-way/ for specific tasks, deliverables, Contract time frame, Qualifications and Application instructions.

Application Closing Date:

19 September 2019

2.          AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER

The Nigeria WAY project had in its pilot year improved the business capacities of Entrepreneurs and Small-Scale Businesses by supporting them to acquire agrotechnologies to aid with processing along the respective three MEDA value chains.

OBJECTIVE OF THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The Nigeria WAY project seeks to identify eligible technology suppliers that can supply agro-processing equipment to satisfy the agro-processing needs of Entrepreneurs and Small-Scale Businesses in the rice, groundnut, and soy value chains within Bauchi State.

SCOPE OF WORK

MEDA is seeking an interactive synergy and collaboration with agricultural technology suppliers along 3 Value Chains of rice, groundnuts and soy operating in the MEDA7 target LGAs of Toro, Dass, Bauchi, Warji, Ganjuwa, Jama’are and Katagum. The suppliers should be able to deliver a steady supply of technology and equipment for women involved in the rice, soy and groundnut agro-processing.

This Includes:

S/NValue ChainsMachines/Equipment
1RICEMilling Machines
Tarpaulins
Aflasafe
Rice Parboilers
False Bottoms and Covers
Destoners
Dehuskers
Cookstoves
PICs and other storage equipment.
Briquette making machines.
Other equipment used for rice processing.
2.GROUNDNUTDecorticators
Manually powered oil extraction machines.
Electrically powered oil extraction machines.
Aflasafe
Other equipment used for groundnut and its byproducts processing.
3.SOYTofu (Awara) Processing Kit
Soy milk processing kit
Nodumax
Soy threshers
Other equipment used for Soybean and by its byproducts processing

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER:

(a) Must have a business premise or business partners in Bauchi State with requisite registration with the government.

(b) Must have a record of supplying equipment and technologies to farmers and processors over the past 3 years

(c) Partners should have the ability to install and conduct training on their respective technologies.

(d) Partners will demonstrate willingness to train the MEDA Women Sales Agents in the Local Government Areas.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION:

Please visit www.meda.org/nigeria-way/ for specific tasks, deliverables, Contract time frame, qualifications and application instructions.

Application Closing Date:

19 September, 2019

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