Goat Breeding Specialist
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Project Overview and Role
The Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) is a DFID-funded initiative which seeks to improve rural household incomes and their food and nutrition security. The program is implemented in Zimbabwe in ten districts drawn from three provinces: Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and Midlands.
The LFSP program has two main components, the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) and Market Development (MD) components.
- APN: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads the implementation of interventions under the APN component. The interventions under this component seek to raise smallholder farmers productivity by promoting improved and climate smart agricultural practices, access to finance as well as the production and consumption of safe and more nutritious food. Three NGO consortia are contracted to implement the APN in the three provinces; consortium leads for Mash Central, Midlands and Manicaland are World Vision, Welthungerhilfe and Practical Action, respectively (Table 1).
- MD: Palladium manages the implementation of the LFSP MD. Interventions under this component seek to strengthen smallholder farmer participation in agribusiness through improved linkages to various market services such as output and service markets. Using a Market Systems Development approach (MSD), Palladium works closely with two local partners, the Agricultural Partnerships Trust (APT) and GRM Zimbabwe, to facilitate implementation of inclusive business models which have potential for pro-poor economic impact in their respective communities. In this respect, various value chains and agribusiness models are continually assessed for pro-poor impact and commercial viability. MD provides targeted support to market actors designed to contribute towards reducing market constraints which limit potential for scale, inclusiveness and long-term sustainability. Market actors are supported under this component through a range of interventions including cost-sharing arrangements and / or provision of technical assistance (TA) to enhance the depth, scale and commercial sustainability of supported interventions. In order to provide smallholders with access to goods and services MD works with both National and Local Market Actors (NMAs, LMAs).
MD is implementing the second phase of the programme which is running for 26 months from February 2019. Phase II activities are expected to build upon the work that was initiated from 2014 under Phase I.
Purpose and Statement of Work
Phase I developed the local level goat breeding model as an input supply model that would address the constraint of low marketability of small indigenous 'hard Mashona' breeds which are characterised by low weights and small frames. There are several variations of this business model, however in essence the programme cost shared with LMAs to secure improved Boer bucks and Matabele does. The LMAs were then supported with technical and business assistance. Improved goats are sold locally improving goat genetics at the village level and beyond. It is envisaged that as the programme evolves the targeted village becomes known for producing bigger goats, attracting greater interest from the slaughter market, increasing viability, profitability and sustainability to the goat production business.
Initially farmers were encouraged to practice intensive feeding based on commercial feeds rather than semi-intensive feeding systems. The deteriorating macro-economic environment has caused the cost of commercial feeds to skyrocket beyond the reach of most goat breeding groups, increasing cost of production. Local level feed formulation interventions have therefore become more attractive to mitigate the high cost of feeds. However, the goat breeding groups lack technical capacity on how to formulate feeds from locally available materials such as fodder crops, acacia trees and crop residues.
The consultant will undertake a field assessment and provide onsite technical assistance to the 18 goat breeding groups supported under the programme. Specific activities include:
Assess the goat groups and provide a technical analysis of each business. Report on breed purity,
- Optimal breeding herd composition/size to achieve the business commercialisation objective,
- Current fertility vs recommended levels
- current feeding regime and required adjustments
- current marketing model and recommendations for improvement.
Assess the local level natural vegetation at each group's operational areas for suitability of local level feed formulation. Provide recommendation on feed composition.
Train the goat breeding groups in:
- Local level feed formulation using locally available materials such as tree leaves, crop residues and demonstrating processing equipment such as hammer mills and chaff cutters.
- goat health management and advise on veterinary drugs to use and exploring local methods of prevention and treatment,
- Housing management
- Breeding practice - record keeping, how to prevent in breeding
The deliverables of this assignment are:
- Inception presentation including detailed workplan and support required.
- Conduct field based (Group operational site) trainings
- Final narrative report with sections on
- Table of contents
- Executive Summary
- Assessment and Training results (by FGE))
- Final presentation of report
- At least 10 years direct experience in livestock feed formulation both at commercial level
- At least 5 years' experience in commercial goat breeding and marketing models
- Experience in low cost local level feed formulations such as the bush meal
- A degree in a relevant program such as Agriculture, Business Development will be an added advantage.
- Demonstrable experience in conducting farmer group goat production and feed formulation technical trainings
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
- In-depth knowledge of the livestock industry especially the goat value chain.
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills.
- Willingness to travel to programme districts.