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June 2015

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

Consultancy services to carry out an External Program and Management Review for ASARECA over the past 20 years and develop a ten-year Strategic Plan (2017-2026)

Reference No. ASARECA /Cons/002/06/15

 

The Association for strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the support to agricultural research in Eastern and Central Africa, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

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EAAPP conference to review achievements and plan for the future

ASARECA is convening a regional conference for the Eastern Africa

Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP) to take stock of achievements, put into use lessons learnt and plan for continuity. Read more about EAAPP conference to review achievements and plan for the future

Knowledge and Information (KI) Hub

In the Second Operational Plan, ASARECA is playing the function of a sub-regional hub of knowledge and information (KI). We are making use of enormous amounts of information already generated. The Knowledge and Information Hub is meant to share sub-regional benefits of ASARECA work. The Hub is a focal point for generating and exchanging knowledge, developing new ideas and networking. Among other things, it mainstreams new scientific concepts in TIMPs and policies in the region and facilitates learning to boost the capabilities of ASARECA stakeholders. Read more about Knowledge and Information (KI) Hub

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

Agricultural productivity and per capita income in the ECA region have either decreased or stagnated due to low use of inputs and mechanisation, poor adoption and utilisation of innovations, and inadequate policies to drive agricultural development. The population growth rate is higher than the agricultural production growth rate resulting in declining food and nutrition security. Read more about Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

Market, Market Linkages and Trade

This theme is concerned with enhancing commercialisation of smallholder farming through improved access to input and output markets. This will be done by analysing bottlenecks to input and output marketing; promoting viable approaches that improve access to markets; and advocating for an enabling policy environment. Viable approaches will be supported by technologies to promote value addition to agricultural produce. The theme also focuses on continued engagement with value chains and innovation systems and emphasises the importance of trade in driving market processes. Read more about Market, Market Linkages and Trade

Natural Resource Management and Ecosystems Services

In the context of the ECA sub-region, natural resources and associated ecosystems services play a key role in supporting sustainable agricultural productivity. The state and dynamics of the ECA natural resource base and capacity to provide the required services deliver both opportunities to foster agricultural productivity and pose challenges in promoting the sector. Some of the key constituents of natural resources include, water, soils, forests, on-farm trees, and biodiversity outside of the farming systems. Read more about Natural Resource Management and Ecosystems Services

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