TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN ASSESSMENT OF ADOPTION OF OF AGROFORESTRY PRACTICES BY SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

Terms of Reference for an Assessment of adoption of agroforestry practices by smallholder farmers

 

  1. PROJECT BACKGROUND

Blumont International is leading the implementation of the DFID funded “Strengthening Community Initiatives for Resilience to Climate Extremes” (RIC4REC)

 

RIC4REC is strengthening the resiliency of 264,000 people in Mali -- vulnerable to complex climate risks, including variable rainfall and drought -- by helping communities identify, reinforce and scale-up their unique adaptive capacities. Through Community Management Resilience Climate Change (CMRCC), RIC4REC has been strengthening social cohesion, climate-adapted livelihoods and natural resource management. RIC4REC’s context specific adaptation measures empower vulnerable people to protect against asset loss and build new economic opportunities, while they emphasize the central role of women.

 

Geographic Coverage

The RIC4REC project is being implemented in three regions of Mali (Koulikoro, Segou and Mopti), and in 11 cercles: Banamba, Kolokani, Nara, Macina, Niono, San, Tominian, Mopti, Koro, Bankass, Douentza and Youwarou. Project activities have been implemented in 280 communities (villages) with 800 inhabitants or more clustered in 60 Communes.

  1.         Project Objectives

Project outcome indicators, output indicators, and activities have been structured under the four (04) strategies to achieve project objectives which are:

Strategy 1. Making climate change adaptation a priority with strong community basis for implementation: RIC4REC uses a Community Managed Resiliency to Climate Change approach (a variant of community based adaptation) as a platform for building community capacity to identify, plan and act on reducing climate change vulnerabilities.

Strategy 2: Empower communities to use climate information to make management decisions about their livelihoods that reduce risk (Climate-Adapted Livelihoods): Through the use of early warning/climate and production advisory services, beneficiaries make better management decisions about their livelihoods that reduce risk and vulnerability. Climate and weather information is integrated with promotion of climate-smart practices and technologies.

Strategy 3. Increase assets and access to resources by introducing improved livelihood adaptation & NRM practices: Through climate adapted micro enterprise and improved management of productive natural resources, beneficiaries are increasing assets and reducing the risk of loss and the depletion of environmental assets. These outcomes are structured under three themes.

  • Women’s increased access to markets and livelihood opportunities - women’s food processing marketing groups market gardens and
  • Access to savings and credit through supporting growth of women’s savings and credit groups.
  • NRM/Conservation: Beneficiaries adopt improved practices to protect environmental assets such as community-managed common natural resources, tree planting and assisted regeneration and fuel efficient cook stoves.

 

Strategy 4. Strengthen climate change Adaptation management (CCAM) at local and national levels: RIC4REC is supporting community advocacy for inclusion of priority issues affecting their resiliency in local government planning and budgeting. At the national level, RIC4REC is supporting AEDD’s communication of national policies, programs, projects and best practices in climate change adaptation.

 

  1. SCOPE OF WORK

The purpose of this Scope of Work (SoW) is to guide an independent party to design, conduct and produce the written deliverables for an Assessment of adoption of agroforestry practices by smallholder farmers as promoted by the RIC4REC project.

Blumont will retain the services of an independent consultant “to conduct this assessment. The successful candidate will meet the qualifications listed below (see Terms and Conditions). Interested offerors should submit a proposal to BLUMONT no later than November 25th, 2017. The offer should include the following:

1)     An up to date  Curriculum Vitae (05 pages maximum)

2)     Summary description of services and  experience relating to this assignment (02 pages maximum)

3)     A preliminary methodological approach including a preliminary sample selection plan and description of data collection methods (01 page maximum)

4)     Work Plan and Schedule for the completion of all tasks and deliverables, with a planned number of days estimated for completion of each task and deliverable (01 page maximum)

5)     Clear statement of availability within the stated period of performance

6)     Cost Proposal for the deliverables outlined below in relation to the candidates proposed work plan (including applicable taxes)

7)     Two  reports for similar work written solely by the candidate (not larger than 5 megabits each)

8)     Three professional references and their contact information from similar past assignments

Work to be performed:

The Assessment will begin upon signing the agreement with selected consultant. The consultant will conduct a desk review of project related documents and submit comprehensive draft and final versions of the assessment methodology including a completed raft of the assessment design including a comprehensive descriptions of the following:

  • methodological approach;
  • data quality limitations;
  • quantitative and qualitative data analysis plan;
  • Individual questionnaire, focus group and key informant interview data collection instruments and protocols to be used in electronic format; and sampling frame, sample selection method, and protocols for each category of respondents;
  • Logistics/ work plan and finalized timeline for data collection.

 

This assessment focuses on the outcomes of activities conducted under RIC4REC’s Strategies 2 and 3. These activities include farmer managed  natural regeneration, perennial and annual forage crop introduction, forage plant mother nurseries, fixing contour bunds with perennial plants, integration of useful trees in market garden perimeters..

 

 

The assessment will provide evidence for:

  • Adoption of the project promoted agroforestry practices (number of adopters,  characteristics of adopters, quantified extent of adoption by individuals and sampled communities, specific adaptations and application of practices that favoured adoption, practices with greatest potential for spread)
  • The eventual impact of agroforestry practices on beneficiaries agricultural activities and the general environment activities;
  • Individual or community successes that may serve as an example for others.
  • Why a practice was not adopted, social-cultural, economic constraints
  • General community perception of different practices  (positive as well as negative);

 

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  • How to make nurseries profitable for the community (in terms of usefulness)?
  • Estimate the number of hectares per technology;

 

  1. METHODOLY:

The assessment concerns more qualitative aspects. It is for the consultant to focus more on the deeper questions of why and how on the questions mentioned above.

The sites have been selected in a reasoned manner based on accessibility, security and where the majority of technologies are present. Following this, the following villages will be visited to answer the different questions.

Cercles

Communes

Villages

Foyer Amélioré

Culture Fourragère

Jachère Amélioré

RNA

ACN

Plantation d'arbres

Mopti

Sio

Sirakoro

 

 

 

x

x

 

Mopti

Sio

Kounna

 

x

 

x

 

 

Koro

Pel Maoudé

Timessagou

 

x

 

x

x

x

San

Djeli

Gotogosso

x

x

 

x

X

 

San

Sy

Tiessoko

x

x

 

x

 

x

Tominian

Mandiakuy

Kera

X

x

x

x

 

 

Banamba

Benkadi

Fanalé

 

x

 

x

 

x

 

 

  1. DURATION OF ENGAGEMENT AND DELIVERABLES:

The consultant will complete all work including questionnaire/methodology design, testing of field work, data transcribing, cleaning, and analysis, draft report and final report writing. Sufficient information should be collected to allow contextual factors analysis along with quantitative and qualitative measures.

See also the Indicative Timeframe Table below for details.

Indicative Timeframe

Tasks and responsibilities

Deliverables/ deadlines submission to Blumont

Inception Phase

November 28th

 

·         Contract signing

·         Kick-off meeting with RIC4REC Team

·         Literature review of all relevant RIC4REC project documents and relevant contextual material, other BRACED studies and background material

 

November 30rd

Assessment design including:

·         methodological approach;

·         data quality limitations;

·         focus group and key informant interview data collection instruments and protocols to be used in electronic format;

 

December 04th

 

·         Blumont feedback on draft of the Assessment design  

 

 

December 06

·          Final draft of Assessment design including methodology, data analysis plan,  instrument(s), detailed implementation calendar

 

 

Final Assessment Design

Field work – data collection

·   December 07 - 20th

·         Adoption data collection Simultaneous contextual data collection

·         Concurrent data entry

·         Data Entry, cleaning, and quality control simultaneously to field work

Progress updates to Blumont at beginning, mid-point and field work wrap-up

Data Analysis & Report Writing Phase

December 24th 

 

·         Initial data analysis tables

·         Drafting of the Assessment Report

December 15th :  First draft  Assessment  Report in French,

 

 

December 28th  

·         BLUMONT provides written feedback to consultant on First Draft Report

·         Blumont meets with consultant to discuss comments and expected revisions

 

December 31st   

·         Consultant addresses BLUMONT comments and revises the Assessment  Report

December 21st :

Final Assessment  Report Final version in French,

 

           

 

 

  1. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The contract will be a fixed price with payments made based on the agreed upon deliverables schedule which will be outlined in the contract document. Blumont will assist in facilitating the process (Mission Order, letter of introduction to local authorities, project field staff introduction to beneficiaries, etc) and provide field work logistical support (vehicle, driver).

Required Skills and Experience:

The proposed candidate for the assessment on NRM and Conservation Practice adoption and impact consultant should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

  • More than ten years of experience conducting related mixed qualitative and quantitative assessments, evaluations, and field research; and producing high quality written deliverables.
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of bi-lateral donor funded development projects with a focus on livelihoods and agriculture; and understanding of ‘climate change adaptation’ as applied to rural livelihoods.
  • Significant capacity and experience on similar qualitative field research tasks as demonstrated by the submission of several written evaluation and or assessment study reports in French authored by candidate.
  • In-depth knowledge of innovation adoption theories and practices within agricultural project context;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative assessment design and data collection in rural Mali.
  • Solid skills in qualitative analysis including data analysis software;
  • Sound understanding of rural livelihoods systems and socio-economic context in Central Mali.
  • Professional fluency to speak, read, and write reports of high calibre in French while possessing the ability to easily read English language reports.

How to apply:

  • Please send your proposal package at malirecruitment@blumont.org. You can also deliver your application in closed hard copy at the IRD-Blumont Country Office at: Hamdallaye ACI 2000 Rue 409 Porte 280, Bamako-Mali.
  • For more questions please address to Fatoumata Alidou Gareka, Chief of Operations at fgareka@blumont.org
  •   We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected will be contacted. Applications are not returned.

 

NB: All incomplete offer will be eliminated or won’t be considered