Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) invites interested Agribusiness SME, Farmers, Groups and All Association to tender EOI documents for the following works:
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), is an international development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market led agricultural initiatives. We build strong local and global partnerships, incorporate innovative approaches into our programs, and foster inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups.
Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 46 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Applications are invited for:
Title: Call for Expression of Interest from Agribusiness SME, Farmers, Groups and All Association - Organizational Performance Improvement (OPI) intervention
The Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity (hereafter referred to as the ‘Activity’) is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Nigeria. The goal of the Activity is to strengthen the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment. To achieve this goal, the Activity focuses on four interrelated components: 1) improving the agribusiness enabling environment; 2) broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; 3) facilitating investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations; and 4) enhancing the performance of agribusiness Micro, Small, and Medium-Enterprises (MSMEs). In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.
The Activity established an Organizational Performance Improvement (OPI) intervention, under the fourth component. The overall purpose of this intervention is to enhance the capacity of the participating organizations (agribusiness Small and Medium Scale enterprises - SMEs, farmer groups and producer/commodity associations) in all functionality domains including governance, administration and personnel management, financial management, business operations and management, and sustainability. The OPI intervention is executed in four (4) phases:
- Selection of participating organizations - based on interaction with organizations that responded to an EOI call.
- Needs Assessment (OPINA) - to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of each organization in various performance areas and domains:
- Mutual determination of priority performance improvement intervention areas based on identified gaps and organization’s strategic growth priorities.
- Performance Improvement Intervention Execution (Post-OPINA) - execution of the agreed performance improvement interventions led by the organizations and supported by specialist consultants (experts in the provision of Business Development Services and Good Manufacturing Practice training's) engaged by the Activity.
- Repeat Assessment (OPIRA) - to check if measurable performance improvement has occurred based on the interventions executed in Step 3.
The OPI intervention provides the following benefits to participants:
- Prepares organizations to qualify for access to finance by helping them put together most of the documentary requirements sought by most financiers and investors alike.
- Positions organizations to secure requisite certifications for their products by relevant bodies including NAFDAC and SON.
- Helps organizations develop and refine their vision, mission, and long-term strategic plans
- Improves human resources and administrative management, financial management, business process optimization, and sustainability of organizations by providing relevant staff training and supporting the development of relevant policy frameworks, manuals, guidelines, SOPs for various processes and functions.
- Enhances business growth, profitability, and sustainability by providing needed business advisories services including operational and financial advisory.
Application Closing Date
17:00pm (WAT), January 20, 2022.
Submission of Documents
Interested organizations should fill and submit the EOI form online using this link - EOI Form
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their expression of interest is received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this EOI. Failure to adhere with instructions described in this EOI may lead to disqualification from the pre-qualified competition stage.
Selection Criteria and Procedure
After a preliminary review of the submitted EOI forms, shortlisted applicants will be visited by the Activity State Agribusiness managers for follow-on interaction and evaluation. Each organization will be evaluated against the following factors:
- Value chain of operation of the organization (at least one of maize, rice, cowpea, soybean, and aquaculture)
- State of operation of the organization (at least one in Kaduna, Niger, Ebonyi, Cross River, Benue, Delta, and Kebbi)
- Functionality (and scale of operation) of the organization.
- Availability of the owner and senior management team to participate actively in all the stages of the OPI intervention as indicated in section 3 above (up to 15 days interface with the assessment and intervention teams over a period of 4 months - January to May 2022).
- Willingness and ability of the organization to allocate resources towards the implementation of mutually agreed performance improvement interventions.
- CNFA reserves the right to accept or reject any or all expressions of interest received.
- CNFA will identify a pre-qualified pool following evaluation of expressions of interest and issue an MOU to selected firms thereafter.
- CNFA will not select any individual or firm debarred, suspended, or considered ineligible by the US Government.