Palladium International is implementing a five-year USAID funded Feed the Future Malawi Agriculture Diversification Activity. The Activity is designed to contribute to USAID/Malawi’s Feed the Future goal of sustainably reducing poverty, stunting and hunger among Malawi’s smallholder farmers by increasing incomes and improving nutrition stunting. AgDiv fosters inclusive and sustainable growth in Malawi’s agriculture sector, enhances resilience to climate change, empowers women, and improves the nutritional status of women and children, while simultaneously increasing the competitiveness of marketable, nutrient-rich value chains through support for agricultural enterprises and increased access to markets and finance. AgDiv is a central component of USAID/Malawi’s integrated, multi-sectoral approach to improving Malawians’ quality of life.
AgDiv aims to promote sustainable resiliency strategies that reduce the need for continued food aid in Malawi. A review of evidence indicates that food shortages are due to a combination of consistent stressors which keep baseline food production low, and barriers that prevent the adoption of shock mitigation strategies. To sustainably address these factors, AgDiv will take an “economic pole” approach, leveraging partnerships to deliver complementary bundles of resilience interventions that address stressors, shocks, and mitigation strategies.
Description of Assignment
AgDiv seeks to engage a High Frequency Data Collection and Analysis Service Provider to support it M&E component. High frequency Resilience data will be collected for 10-15 sites identified by AgDiv, including current implementation sites, and sites that have been identified as possible future “economic pole” sites for resilience interventions. At the beginning of the activity, a baseline survey will be conducted, to collect detailed information on households in the communities. After the baseline, high frequency data will be collected in these communities for one year, with a possibility of an additional option year, depending on the availability of USAID funding. The indicators collected as part of the high frequency surveys will include incidence of shocks, types of coping mechanisms used in response to shocks, and indicators related to welfare such as food security and subjective welfare measures. Qualitative data will be collected near the end of the activity to complement the quantitative data collected in the baseline and high frequency surveys.
The data from the high frequency surveys will be used to produce monthly monitoring reports. These reports, which will help inform AgDiv’s resilience interventions, will describe the types and incidence of shocks and summarize indicators of coping and welfare for each community. These reports will be shared with communities, to help support community responses to shocks. The high frequency data, together with the baseline and qualitative data and implementation data provided by AgDiv, will also be used to evaluate the impact of AgDiv’s resilience interventions on household and community resilience. To evaluate impact, sites where AgDiv resilience interventions have not yet begun will be used as a control for sites where resilience interventions have been implemented.
Submit via email (Procurement@ftfagdiv.com) or in hard copy (Palladium International, Feed the Future Ag Diversification Activity, Plot 3/121, Laws Avenue, Off Colby Street, Lilongwe, Malawi).
If submitting a hard copy, the technical proposal and cost proposal must be in separate, sealed envelopes. Mark envelopes with the RFP number (RFP 217707-PY03-02) and offeror’s name. If submitting electronically, send two separate emails with the subject lines: “RFP# 217707-PY03-02, Technical Proposal” and “RFP# 217707-PY03-02, Cost Proposal.” Ensure all required documents are attached