Introduction

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) issues this call for proposals to invite proposals from trade consultants for the provision of a scoping mission and consulting services on a project with funding from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) on the operations of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement and its benefits to smallholder farmers (SHF).

The objective of the project is to increase economic and social empowerment of agribusinesses and entrepreneurs, particularly women and youth farmers in trading activities within and outside Ghana as a result of the commencement of AfCFTA. More details on the call for the project context is provided in the Terms of Reference which accompanies this call for proposal.

  • Deadline for submission of proposal is on 15th June 2021.
  • Review and selection of qualified candidate will be on 17th June, 2021
  • Developing and signing of TOR will be on the 20th June, 2021
  • Commencement of work start on 20th June, 2021
  • Submitting of first draft on 20th July 2021
  • Send application to consultancyatpfag@gmail.com
  • Only qualified candidates will be contacted.
  • Technical and Financial Proposals

The proposals should include submission of a technical and financial proposal in accordance with the guidelines below.

2.1Technical proposal

  • Capability Statement:

A narrative not exceeding two (2) pages that justified the Consultant’s understanding of the assignment as well as capability to perform the scope of work. This shall include a list detailing similar assignments performed and one (1) electronic copy of report for a similar assignment.

Names and CVs (not to exceed two pages) and must include (i) Educational Qualifications, (ii) Employment Record relevant to the assignment and (iii) Work/Assignments that Best Illustrates Capability to Handle the Assigned Tasks

  • Approach and Methodology

Please explain your understanding of the objectives of the assignment as outlined in the Terms of Reference (TORs), the technical approach, and the methodology you would adopt for implementing the tasks. Please do not repeat/copy the TORs

  • Financial Proposal

Financial proposal must be detailed & itemized for each key activity of the assignment. All fees shall be in Ghana Cedis (GHS).

For each activity the Consultant should provide the following:

  1. FEES: Proposed staff, rates, number of person-days needed to accomplish the work.
  2. REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES: This shall include but not limited to (i) Per diem allowances, (ii) Travel Costs, (iii) Communication costs for Delivery of Services, (iv) Cost of Reporting
  • References:

References from a clients worked within the past two years on activities similar to this scope of work. Include the contact information: company or organization, name, phone number and email.

TERMS OF REFERENCE TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON THE AFRICA CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AFCFTA) AGREEMENT

  • Background

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has since its inception been engaging government to increase investment in smallholder agriculture as well as create an  enabling policy environment for farming activities. Government has since increased budget allocation on subsidized fertilizer, seeds, extension services and mechanization services. However, there is little investment in the area of market access. The institutionalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is expected to create the largest free trade area in the world measured by the number of countries participating.

The pact is said to connect 1.3 billion people across 55 countries with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$3.4 trillion. It has the potential to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty. Further, the agreement is expected to reduce tariffs among member countries and cover policy areas such as trade facilitation and services, as well as regu­latory measures such as sanitary standards and technical barriers to trade. Full implementation of AfCFTA is expected to reshape markets and economies across the region and boost output in the services, manufacturing and natural resources sectors.

Undoubtedly AfCFTA is a perfect trade policy for the Africa Union, trade liberalization historically has potentials of negative ramification on the poor, in this case the smallholder farmers. Whiles the effectiveness of the AfCFTA will depend on active participation of African farmers, smallholder farmers constituting majority of players on the continent need to understand the opportunities that exist in the country and other member countries to be able to position themselves to participate. This will go a long way to address the issue of access to market, create jobs and increase incomes for smallholder farmers. As there is widespread information on the benefits that comes with AfCFTA’s commencement, there is little information on specific benefits that is expected for smallholder farmers. The PFAG with funding from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is implementing eighteen months project to help smallholder farmers understand the opportunities and the threats with the commencement of AfCFTA on their market access.

As part of the project implementation, PFAG will commission a research to analyse the operations of AfCFTA, the existing opportunities and threat to smallholder farmers which will inform how PFAG could engage policy makers for possible reforms. It is likely that policy dialogue and subsequent discussions will lead to a set of proposed interventions (advocacy, organizational support and investment) aimed at reforming country level policies to ensure smallholder farmers participate and benefit from AfCFTA. For this reason, PFAG wishes to engage an experienced trade consultant to lead in this study.

  • Objectives of the study- within the framework described above:
  • To create an overview of trade facilitation in Africa highlighting past and present trade policies and interventions that has failed to create business opportunities for smallholder farmers and linking with AfCFTA on how lessons could be drawn.
  • To clearly identify market opportunities in the sub-region that Ghanaian SHF could leverage to improve their market access.
  • To provide evidence that can demonstrate to government and the private sector how coherent policy changes, investment and market support systems could lead to welfare gains for SHF
  • To identify capacity building needs that can help position SHF to take advantage of the commencement of AfCFTA to improve their farming businesses.
  • To develop policy briefs to be presented to AU and Ghana government on farmers demands that can help them benefit from the commencement of AfCFTA.
  • Areas to cover include:
  • Collation and analysis of existing global, Africa and Ghana Trade policies drawing out clearly how domestic market development from “field to table” could result in the best returns, in contrast (or in addition to) the current approach;
  • Identify which crops, markets and related off farm services have the greatest potential for employment and livelihood enhancements in the sub-region;
  • Identify the key opportunities and threats facing SHFs in relation to the commencement of AfCFTA and who is making the decisions in the agricultural space which will give life to either the opportunities or the threats
  • Identify the significant economic and political drivers shaping these threats and opportunities. These should range from big picture (e.g. terms of trade) to issues relating to the role of women in rural production and marketing.
  • Recommend what interventions the OSIWA and other change agents could make to tilt the balance of power toward more investment in and support for regional, national and local market development, diversification of food crops and local beneficiaries.
    • Scope of the assignment

To conduct qualitative research on the subject area

Develop methodology and outline for research and share with PFAG

  1. Conduct literature review on trade policies in Africa and in Ghana
  2. Identify important key stakeholders and collect primary data to support the subject matter
  3. Analyse data and write report
  4. Make presentation of initial findings for validation by partners in the project
  5. Incorporate partners input into the draft report
  6. Develop policy briefs for engaging policy makers

Email: Send application to consultancyatpfag@gmail.com

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