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Services - 338052-2017

29/08/2017    S164

United Kingdom-East Kilbride: Foreign economic-aid-related services

2017/S 164-338052

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Services

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Department for International Development
Postal address: Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
Town: East Kilbride
NUTS code: UKM95 Not specified
Postal code: G75 8EA
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Ross McGarry
E-mail: r-mcgarry@dfid.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1355843228
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/procurement
I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: international development

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme.

Reference number: 8056
II.1.2)Main CPV code
75211200 Foreign economic-aid-related services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

DFID intends to publish a new competition opportunity in November 2017 where we will be seeking partners for a medium sized programme which will stimulate agricultural transformation (Stepping Up) through improved productivity, increased market access for smallholder farmers and increased investment in agribusiness in DFID focus countries.

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme seeks to increase economic opportunities for smallholders by demonstrating the commercial viability of businesses with significant smallholder supply chains and attracting more investment into the sector. It will include several components, of which the following will go to tender:

A) Country level value chain activities

B) Smallholder Development Facility

C) Learning, Communication and Monitoring activities.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) — Components A and C

Lot No: 1
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
75211200 Foreign economic-aid-related services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM95 Not specified
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The objectives of Component A are to enable more, poorer smallholders with moderate to good potential to access commercial markets through involvement in appropriate value chains and to grow these markets by attracting investment into SME agribusinesses that trade with smallholder farmers and their organisations. The delivery of the programme will require the suppliers to scope, design and implement technical assistance in a targeted number of value chains supporting:

— SME agribusinesses to improve their business operations and prepare for and access investment from impact investors and local banks;

— Smallholders and organisations that represent them (e.g. cooperatives, producer organisations and contract farming schemes) to increase their trade with commercial markets and improve the productivity

— Changes in the business enabling environment impacting on the target value chains

Attention to and demonstration of impact on the cross-cutting priorities of women's economic empowerment in agriculture, nutrition impacts and climate-smart approaches are a must.

Component A activities will take place in a limited number of target value chains (5-8) in up to 3 countries. Sector analysis studies are currently underway in 14 value chains in 7 countries and will be used by DFID to determine the final target value chains and countries.

The objectives of Component C are to draw together and communicate a compelling case for increased investment in smallholder related agribusiness and agriculture using the learning from all CASA components, from DFID's wider commercial agriculture portfolio and from the experience of other organisations. This component includes

— Conducting an annual learning programme of primary research, analysis and synthesis across a rolling set of themes and research questions

— Conducting and updating an annual review of DFID's commercial agriculture portfolio and the key lessons emerging from it

— Designing and implementing a communications strategy to influence investors, donors, governments, NGOs and academia to invest more resources and energy in smallholder related agribusiness and the commercialisation of smallholders

— Monitoring of the whole CASA programme (Components A, B and C) and maximising synergies and cross learning to achieve the overall goal and deliver value for money in a complex, multi-component programme.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme — Component B — Smallholder Development Facility

Lot No: 2
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
75211200 Foreign economic-aid-related services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM95 Not specified
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The objectives of Component B are to increase the smallholder impact of existing development finance and impact investment deals and to thereby raise expectations regarding the level of development impact that can be achieved from future investments. The delivery of this component will require the establishment of a Smallholder Development Facility which will work with the investment community to identify, scope, design and implement projects with invested companies that benefit smallholder farmers. These benefits may include, amongst others, increasing the volume of purchases from smallholders, improving market access to poorer smallholders, including women in roles along the value chain, and improving the productivity and quality of smallholder suppliers and related to that their incomes. Component B also includes working with local communities to improve their engagement in agribusiness deals — these activities will be delivered through an accountable grant with IIED and are not part of this procurement exercise. However, the Smallholder Development Facility and IIED will work together to maximise impact wherever appropriate.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
14/11/2017

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

It is anticipated that the above elements of the programme will go to tender in November 2017, with contracts to be finalised by April 2018. The programme will have a duration of up to 6 years.

DFID will be hosting an Early Market Engagement Event about the planned Programme and the services required from interested parties. The main objective is to elicit market views on the feasibility of the proposed delivery options and to discuss challenges and opportunities.

The event will be in the form of a two hour session that will take place in DFID, 22 Whitehall, London, on Monday, 18.9.2017 between 11:30 and 13:30. DFID will present the programme, its proposed outputs and delivery channels, as well as stimulate discussion around the following themes:

— Interest and/or capability in the market to deliver this program

— Ensure better understanding of business needs

— Thematic scope of the work and delivery channels

The event should also give suppliers an opportunity to create consortium linkages amongst suppliers and to network. Time will be set aside to allow this to happen.

Parties interested in attending or requiring any other information should first register their interest on the DFID supplier portal — https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/pages/public/publicBulletinSearch.cmd where they will find instructions on how to register their attendance. Registration for the event will close on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 14:00 UK.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
28/08/2017