Request for Proposal
Action Learning Research on the Use of Food Waste for Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Farming.
LINKS Catalysing Economic Growth for Northern Nigeria, works to promote the development of a vibrant and diversified economy in the three key northern Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna, and Jigawa, with these collectively acting as a powerful engine of northern economic growth.
LINKS builds on the successful suite of GEMS programmes funded by the UK Government between 2010 and 2017. Our work will benefit the states themselves, while also creating real market opportunities for the wider North, counterbalancing the wealth and investment now primarily found in Lagos and the South.
Ultimately, the programme focuses on increasing incomes and creating jobs for the poor in Northern Nigeria. LINKS works across high potential propoor value chains, supporting them to become productive, competitive and attractive for investment, and as a result, attract actual investment.
The frontline components of LINKS activities are (1) investment promotion and facilitation and (2) private sector innovations that increase competitiveness, productivity and transformational economic inclusivity. Two further supporting components will address (3) business environment challenges impacting investment and innovation, and (4) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL).
About BSF Farming Initiative
LINKS sees an opportunity to promote a new innovative technique that has the potential to be transformative in two seemingly unrelated markets – organic food waste, and fish/poultry production. The use of new techniques around Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae production can help valorize organic food waste (creating jobs and simultaneously reducing contamination in other waste recycling) and at the same time can reduce the costs of feed for fish and poultry farmers (increasing incomes). However, this potentially transformational business model is untested in the context of Northern Nigeria’s fish and poultry production. There are numerous unknowns including: 1) the accessibility of the required quantities of food waste and the best method for its collection for BSF larvae production; 2) the efficiency of BSF larvae as feed for fish and poultry production in the Northern Nigeria Context; and 3) the willingness of Northern farmers to switch from conventional feeds to BSF.
LINKS has planned an action learning research on BSF farming in Kaduna and Jigawa. The action learning research will include partnership with a poultry farmer and a fish farmer whose farms will be used for the research in the research locations
LINKS is seeking a short term BSF farming consultant to coordinate the action learning research in Kaduna and Jigawa/Kano States. The short term BSF farming consultant will collaborate with both LINKS and the partner farmers in conducting the action learning research.
The consultant is expected to perform the following key tasks:
Consultancy period: February 2021 to August 2021
Tasks for achieving the activity
1. Electronic and editable training material
a. Submission of training material.
2. a. 50 days consultancy fees
b. 50 days subsistence for out of station work
Invoices for input on food waste audit, construction of BSF production facilities, food waste collection pilot and BSF training campaigns in Kaduna and Jigawa/Kano
3 a.Construction of 4 BSF production facilities
Receipts of purchased materials and photos of the BSF production facilities.
4. Hiring of wheelbarrows for the food waste collection exercise
. Receipt of the rented wheelbarrows.
Budget should include the following:
Submission of Proposal
Individuals/companies should provide specific information that demonstrates that they are fully qualified to perform or provide the services. The request for proposals should include (1) technical and financial proposals (2) a cover letter detailing relevant past work experience and/or lead trainer’s CV, (3) CAC and tax registration certificates (4) The Due Diligence form (to be completed after reading through the attached Code of Conduct document) and submit along with your Proposal. You are invited to include additional information not requested below if believed to be useful and applicable to this request for proposal.
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