Posted on :
16 Jun, 2020
16 Jun, 2020
SNV Netherlands Development is a not-for-profit international development organization that has built a long-term local presence in 38 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin-America. SNV Ghana implements projects to improve individual lives and contributes to solving global challenges in the areas of Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. SNV’s implementation approach focuses on developing innovative solutions to alleviate poverty through sustainable and locally-led development.
For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.org
SNV has been present in Ghana since 1992.
SNV has received funding from the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) to implement a project entitled: From Full Sun to Shaded Cocoa Agroforestry Systems (SCAFS) for enhanced conservation and sustainable use of forest resources in the High Forest Zone of Ghana. SCAFS has made significant achievements by supporting over 1,800 farmers to replant their overaged and unproductive farms into cocoa agroforestry systems; established two community resource management areas (CREMAs) covering 29,000ha in 15 communities; and established baseline and hotspots for deforestation monitoring in Juaboso and Bia West districts of the Western North Region between 2016 and 2019. The extension phase of the project seeks to address factors hindering project outcomes that impact positively on farmer livelihoods and incentive’s the adoption of sustainable practices among smallholder cocoa farmers. Specifically, it will 1) facilitate post replanting farm management in order to achieve yield increase; 2) organize farmers to enable them access inputs/credit support and link them to companies’ value chains; and 3) fully operationalize land use planning and deforestation monitoring in companies’ supply shed.
The extension phase is expected to generate additional information to further deepen our understanding of the ‘ecosystem’ of services and other enablers of farmer uptake of sustainable practices such as cocoa agroforestry systems. Cocoa agroforest is described as ‘a complex shade-grown cocoa system in which forest tree species and food crops are integrated with cocoa for their economic, social and environmental benefits’. With the right mix of trees to mimic the natural ecosystem, the cocoa agroforest is expected to deliver both ecological and economic benefits, especially in landscapes already degraded and fragmented by expansive monoculture cocoa cultivation.
SNV is seeking a suitably qualified firm/organization or multi-disciplinary team to conduct a value chain assessment for two main companion crops, cassava and plantain, and at least two common permanent shade/timber trees in cocoa agroforestry systems in Bia West District of the Western North Region. The assessment is expected to contribute to the development of scalable cocoa replanting service delivery models as well as financing options for cocoa renovation and rehabilitation (R&R) in order to meet the over 700,000ha R&R needs of the cocoa sector in Ghana.
Job Title: Value Chain Assessor for Cocoa
The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct a value chain assessment for the two main companion crops, cassava and plantain, and at least two common permanent shade/timber trees in cocoa systems in Bia West District of the Western North Region in order to understand opportunities and limitations for market development, and an action plan to improve the contribution of companion crops and timber trees to farmers livelihoods and uptake of cocoa replanting services.
Details on the Task include:
i) Conduct a desk review of project documentation and discuss with key SNV project staff to gain an understanding of the project’s theory of change, objectives, approach, and activities (particularly those involving smallholder cocoa farmers, work on the cocoa replanting process, and cocoa agroforestry systems).
ii) Identify, collect, review and analyze relevant existing data related to the cassava, plantain, maize, and shade/timber tree value chains in a mixed cocoa agroforestry system already available from secondary sources and from key informants.
iii) Develop a detailed approach/methodology and work plan for the conduct of the assessment, including specification of inputs/support from local government partners and other stakeholders, as required, and a plan for data collection mission in the project area, taking into consideration restrictions associated with COVID-19 and other risks prevention. Agree on proposed report content and format, using the template provided by SNV as a foundation.
iv) Conduct a stakeholder mapping exercise with a particular focus on identifying different actors in the value chain in Bia West district, of Western North Region and beyond (middlemen/traders, processing firms, buying companies (international and domestic), etc.). Identify entities in the supply chain interested in supporting inclusive business projects and sustainable value chain approaches.
v) Conduct a detailed analysis of cassava, plantain, maize, shade/timber tree supply chains (particularly in cocoa agroforestry systems and off-reserve cocoa timber tree mixed systems) in Bia West district: their dynamics, activities of each entity/stakeholder group, linkages between different entities/stakeholders, their capacities, constraints/issues and identify areas where support is needed for further market development. This will include:
a. Meeting with donor agencies and key government officials active in the cassava, plantain, maize, and timber value chains to gain an understanding of their strategies and approaches, their current plans for new investments and initiatives, and their perceptions about risks, opportunities, enablers, etc.
b. Interview key private sector buyers, manufacturers, input suppliers, processors, and traders to determine constraints and opportunities, product quality and standards, relationships among actors, and other details about the current operations of and anticipated changes including risks associated with the value chains.
c. Examine strategic foreign and local investments as well as other considerations at the upstream (inputs, farmers, and organization of production units); midstream (processing and wholesaling); and downstream (retailing, local markets as well as international trade) segments.
d. Analyze barriers to and incentives for greater upgrading, competition, and cooperation between and among firms (including smallholder farmers).
e. Conduct a participatory baseline assessment of (a sample of) producers in the supply chain. This is expected to include the collection of both quantitative and qualitative information on smallholder farmer production knowledge, methods, yields, inputs, quality of production, standards, farm economics, technical problems, other challenges, constraints/issues, etc.
vi) Present findings at a stakeholder’s consultation workshop, to ‘ground truth’ findings with public and private sector stakeholders and collaboratively develop a list of potential solutions to problems.
vii) Prepare a report and presentation on the research and the stakeholder consultation, including a profitability model of the cost/income, or gross margin analysis in excel format.
Expected Deliverables include:
The time frame for the assignment:
The work specified in this term of reference is expected to be completed within a period of 30 man-days (between July and August 2020).
Firms/organizations or groups of consultants are free to propose a mix of expertise they intend to use for the delivery of the assignment and division of labor amongst experts.
Closing Date: 17 June 2020