Program Number: 48550
Title: Feed the Future Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA)
Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development
SYNOPSIS: The Feed the Future Liberia Agribusiness Development
Activity is designed to provide broad support to agricultural development and food security initiatives at thecommunity and national levels in Liberia. The Activity supports forging innovative partnerships with the private sector to leverage new resources and maximize impactin support of its development efforts. The goal of the Activity is to expand access and use of agricultural inputs, and post-harvest handling, processing, packaging andmarketing services, broadly applicable to raising incomes for Liberian small-holder farmers (SHF).
Established Date: 06/29/2015
Follow-Up Date: 09/01/2015
Review Date: 06/29/2015
Contact: Edward Lamin, Acquisition Assistance Specialist
Address: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tel: + 231 77 677 7 138
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
Questions are due July 10, 2015, 1700 hrs Liberian Time.Applications are due July 31, 2015, 1700 hrs Liberian Time.
Award Type(s): General Project
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Locations Tenable: African/South African/Sub-Saharan African Institution
Appl Type(s): Institution, Non-Specific
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $20,037,501 MAXIMUM
Duration: 4 YEAR(s)
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the Feed the Future Liberia
Agribusiness Development Activity is to promote and strengthen private sector investment in the supply, distribution,and management of agricultural input systems including advisory and information services (capacity building); post-harvest processing and marketing technologies andpractices; and other support facilities and services to promote efficient and effective private sector led, sustainable agricultural input, processing and marketing systemsfor agricultural commodity value chains in Liberia. The mission?s CDCS including the agriculture and private sector strengthening strategy is rooted in the Liberian Agenda for Transformation and the Liberian Agriculture Sector Investment Plan. The Feed the Future Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity is consistent with the mission?s Economic Growth
(EG) DevelopmentObjective (DO) #2 (Sustained, Market-Driven Economic Growth to Reduce Poverty); the overall Mission Strategic objectives in poverty alleviation, food security, capacitybuilding, and increased participative governance; and will support USG efforts towards achieving results of the Feed the Future MYS. Specifically, the Activity is expected to contribute directly to achieving Liberia?s Country Development Cooperative Strategy (CDCS) Intermediate Results
(IR) IR2.1: Food Security Enhanced, and its Sub-IR2.1.2: Agriculture sector growth increased and sub-sub IR 18.104.22.168: selected value chain strengthened); complement Mission efforts made under CDCS IR 2.2:NaturalResources Managed Sustainably (and its Sub-IR 2.2.2:
Sustainable forestry management enterprises strengthened) by availing post-harvest facilities and servicesto beneficiaries of investments made under this IR; contribute directly to CDCS IR 2.3 (Enabling Environment Supports Private Enterprise Growth). The Feed the Future Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity is expected to support the achievement of the Liberia Feed the Future Results Framework contributing to IR 1: Improved agricultural productivity through increased use of improved seed varieties and plant cuttings, fertilizers and technologies and management practices that decrease post-harvest losses; IR 2: Expanding markets and trade as production expands and generates surpluses through improved seed,plant cuttings, appropriate use of fertilizers, less post-harvest losses allowing former subsistence SHFs to begin to trade those surpluses leading to new markets anddeeper existing markets; IR 3: Increased private sector investment in agriculture and nutrition and related activities; and IR 4: Increased agricultural value chain productivity resulting in expanded on-and off-farm employment. Furthermore, the Activity is consistent with the USAID Local Solutions Initiative and related Implementation and Procurement Reform (IPR), as well as the GoL?s Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey (CFSNS) which recommended, among other things, providing SHFs and farmer organizations with a wide range of agricultural inputs. Post-harvest practices & actors and services are essential to reducing post-harvest and transportation losses, increasing food shelf life and improving the marketability of agricultural commodities. These facilities and services will complement the Mission?s other activities and support the Liberian private sector and other beneficiaries along agriculture, agro-forestry and forestry value chains. These activities include PROSPER, LAUNCH, FIFES, IBEX, and SHOPS II, as well as other futureUSG investments in Food For Peace development assistance programming.
Considerable investments are being made in the Liberian agriculture sector by the GoL, USAID, and other donors such as the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), the World Bank and the African Development Bank. These investments have varied focusin terms of targeted agricultural commodities, types of engagement along value chains and geographic focus. Perhaps more importantly, there are numerous Liberian private sector actors working to advance agribusiness services and establish themselves as profitable businesses. The Activity complements these efforts by supporting the creation of and strengthening post-harvest facilities and services in the private sector that are necessary for upstream value addition and marketing.
It is important that the Activity coordinate closely with other USG programs, GOL, other donors, and private sector actors to avoid duplicative efforts, leverage the investments of other stakeholders and respond creatively and flexibly to opportunities that emerge across and within value chains.
U.S. and non-U.S. organizations may participate under this NFO. In support of the Agency?s interest in fostering a larger assistance base and expanding the numberand sustainability of development partners, USAID/Liberia encourages applications from potential new implementing partners.
Subject to the availability of funds, USAID intends to provide approximately $20,037,501.00 in total USAID funding for the life of the activity. The ceiling for thisprogram is $20,037,501.00. Actual funding amounts are subject to availability of funds. The anticipated period of performance is four (4) years and one (1) option year,total of five (5 years) with option period. Source: Grants.gov (06/26/15)