Tanzania Tea Industry – Sustainable Smallholder Irrigation Project
The Wood Foundation and Gatsby Charitable Foundation have joined resources with the UK Department for International Development (DfID) in a coordinated effort to support transformation of the tea sector in Tanzania. Specifically, the Chai Project has the aspiration of doubling smallholder (SH) made tea production and increasing overall competitiveness of the sector.
The precipitation pattern and extended dry period in Tanzania presents various challenges for tea farming. Traditionally it has been economically unviable for smallholders to engage in irrigation given the equipment and management requirements. More recently however, the emergence of block farming arrangements and service provider companies has allowed smallholder farmers to achieve better economies of scale, enabling them to manage their field operations in a similar manner to estate production.
Objectives & Scope of Work
To improve yields, resilience and income in the sector, the Chai Project is seeking proposals from interested and qualified parties to manage a project with the following objectives:
- To explore the potential of smallholder irrigation, with the objective of finding the most appropriate and commercially viable technology and business models for the Tz farmer-factory context
- Carry out trial irrigation projects at a selection of pilot sites in the Southern Highlands
- Develop technological, financial and management project plans to be implemented/trialled. The consultant will be responsible for overseeing this entire activity, and must bring onboard (or have) appropriate commercial irrigation expertise
- Oversee implementation and lead on technical assistance and project management
- Performance measurement to accurately measure and capture KPI and impact data
- The deadline for proposal submission is August 20th, 2017
- Interested parties should contact Halima Lima for a full copy of the solicitation: Halima.Lima@thewoodfoundation.org.uk
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