African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
Terms of Reference for Baseline Study for Hybrid Rice Project in Kenya and Tanzania
Background Information: The African Agricultural Technology Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and promotes public / private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) through innovative partnerships and effective stewardship along the entire value chain.
The Foundation is a one-stop-shop that provides expertise and know-how that facilitates the identification, access, development, delivery and utilisation of agricultural technologies and works towards food security and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa, and its structure and operations draw upon the best practices and resources of both the public and private sectors.
Hybrid Rice Project overview
Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design was created as a public-private partnership in November 2012 to improve food security and rural livelihood among African smallholder rice producers, by developing 2-line hybrid rice, with significant yield and per-hectare profit advantage.
The project’s goal is to initiate the creation of a sustainable hybrid rice agri-business and improve productivity and quality of rice farming in SSA.
For over five years, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has led a successful partnership with HEAL and aWhere Inc., along with private seed companies and National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) of Kenya and Tanzania, in enabling the Hybrid Rice Project to make significant progress towards the development of rice hybrids, using the 2—line hybrid rice technology in Africa.
This project which is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has made significant progress resulting in the registration of three hybrid rice varieties in Kenya and a number are lined up for registration in Tanzania soon.
AATF is therefore seeking to recruit a short term consultant for the following:
Purpose and Approach of the Consultancy
General Objective: The main purpose of the study is to collect baseline data with which the impact, outcomes and outputs can be measured.
The baseline will also assist implementing partners to better understand broader issues affecting the rice value chain in the target countries then propose and generate recommendations for further action.
1. A study inception report detailing the methodology, approaches, data collection tools and processes as well as baseline work plan and detailed budget to be submitted and approved within one month after awarding the consultancy
2. A comprehensive baseline report to be submitted as stipulated in the contract. The report must incorporate all terms of references covered in detail
3. The data collection tools used, raw data and analyzed data in soft copy including database tables as collected and captured in electronic format using an agreed upon database management software.
Final reports will be scanned for plagiarism when submitted.
For full details on the application refer to https://www.aatf-africa.org/tor-hybrid-rice-baseline-study