With funding from the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing a project entitled ‘Improving food security and market linkages for smallholders in Otdar Meanchey and Preah Vihear Provinces’. The project will be implemented in selected communes in four districts in each target province.
The overall objective of MALIS is improved food security and nutrition of vulnerable smallholder farmers in targeted provinces. The specific objective is improved farming systems, household income and family feeding practices among vulnerable smallholder farmers in targeted provinces. This is to be achieved by increasing agricultural productivity and diversification, improving access to adequate quality-assured agricultural inputs and technologies, improving the integration of smallholders, including women farmers, in supply chains, promoting disaster risk reduction strategies, and promoting improved food utilisation through better diets and food processing at the household level. Environmental protection and gender equity will be a feature of all planning. MALIS will consolidate and sustain the achievements made under the EU Food Facility and other investments made by the EU.
Result 2 for the project will focus on strengthening existing supply chains and marketing channels, working in collaboration with input suppliers, collectors, processors and traders, with the objective of improving market share and value addition for smallholder producers. Support will be given to farmer groups for particular supply chains, focusing on rice, vegetables and other cash crops, but potentially including fish and liveThis job originally taken from the Bong Thom dot Com web sitestock. Farmer groups will be assisted with organizational development, market linkages, access to technical assistance and quality input supplies. Groups will be linked to support from government, NGO and private sector service providers.
Strengthening supply chains will involve identifying a short list of market led supply chains, and the assessment of chain actors involved in providing inputs, producing outputs and markets for each of the prioritized supply chains. Interventions identified during the survey will be incorporated in chain development plans, linking households through CBOs, to agricultural input supplies, production activities, storage, processing, transport and markets. Outcomes of the study will be presented in multi-stakeholder workshops in each province, to share information, plan activities and confirm stakeholder commitment.
Call for Expression of Interest:
The services of an experienced postharvest systems and supply chain strengthening team made up of an International Team Leader and Cambodia consultants is required to:
- Conduct a supply chain priority setting workshop in each province (Otdar Meanchey and Preah Vihear) to identify 8 products or commodities with the highest potential for improving the food security of the target small holder groups through postharvest systems and supply chain development.
- Research in detail the 8 supply chains and associated postharvest systems identified in the priority setting workshops, identifying constraints, solutions, new opportunities and suggested interventions across the supply chain, with a focus on value adding and ultimately benefitting the small holders.
- Present research findings at workshops in each province at the end of the assignment, incorporating appropriate suggestions into the final report
The location of the assignment is in Chong Kal, Banteay Ampil, Trapeang Prasat, Anlong Veaeng Districts of Otdar Meanchey, and Kuleaen, Chey Sean, Rovieng, Tbaeng Mean Chey Districts of Preah Vihear, with a requirement to survey the main retail markets outside these focus locations where appropriate. The contract period is to start on 10 September 2012 and be completed with submission of a final report in Khmer and English by 21 December 2012.