US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development
SCOPE OF WORK
CNFA-AMD / Project Number AID-391-C-15-00003
Provision of technical support to Chili Sector
Consultant - Chili Value Chain Support
Value Chain Director / Chief Technical Advisor –AMD
Place of Performance
Karachi with likely travel to production areas in Sindh
Est. Period of Performance
August 01, 2017 to April 30, 2018)
The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a USAID funded, four year project which aims to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in the four target product lines; meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus. AMD will act as a catalyst for development and investment in target product lines by actively promoting cooperation and coordination amongst the value chain actors and ancillary service providers. AMD’s implementation strategy is underpinned by a strictly commercial and market driven approach with a clear focus on strengthening market access for its partner organizations, and support marketing and sales efforts, both nationally and internationally. The objective of the AMD project is to encourage investments in the four target product lines through matching grants and empower stakeholders by developing synergies among them to accomplish together what they cannot do alone. AMD will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately help make Pakistani meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus more profitable and more competitive.
The dried chili industry in Pakistan has previously been one of the major success stories for smallholders in semi-arid areas under low-tech irrigation. However, during the past 10 years, with the enforcement of food safety regulations in international markets has limited the exports of Pakistani dried chilies due to the presence of aflatoxins caused by Aspergillus infection and the subsequent poisonous fungal metabolites generally called aflatoxins. Clean drying over geotextile sheets raised above the ground provides part, but not all, of the solution. Production of chilies in Pakistan has dropped from 188k MTs in 2009-10 to less than 50k MTs in 2011-12, mainly due to aflatoxin infestation, impacting the entire value chain. To provide an alternative market and confront the issue of aflatoxin in chilies and other horticulture products produced in Pakistan, AMD proposes to mobilize private sector investment in the commercial extraction of oleoresins from fresh products with a critical focus on chilies. An excellent solution to overcoming the issue of chili aflatoxins prevalent in Pakistan is opting for chili oleoresin production, which not only appreciably reduces the chances of aflatoxin infection but also standardizes the product, giving rise to opportunities for entering more lucrative international markets. The extract occupies lesser space and hence reduces the cost of transport. Commercial red pepper oleoresins are mainly used as a spice and supplied in pungency ratings between 80,000 and 500,000 Scoville units (approximately 0.6-3.9 % capsaicin w/w) and a wide range of color.
In order to equip the Pakistani Chili industry and provide an alternate viable business solution, AMD is considering supporting the investors in establishing oleoresin extraction plant to streamline the supply chain, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani HV OSV sector more profitable and more competitive.
AMD plans to support the chili exports through private sector engagement by supporting the establishment of a modern processing plant for oleoresin extraction, certified seed and nursery production through matching grants. The overarching objective is to spur private sector investment in best practices and new value addition technology, further linking them with the local and international high end markets to offset imports, create new exports, increase profit margins and provide an alternative market for farmers. AMD will link the extraction plant, seed production and nursery with chili growers, associations and their members to ensure sustainable supply. Further, AMD will provide trainings in exposure to contract farming alternatives and good agricultural practices.
Objective of the Technical Assistance
The main objective of the assignment is to provide the support to USAID AMD project to equip the Pakistani Chili industry and provide an alternate viable business solution. AMD is considering supporting the investors in establishing seed processing units and Chilies nurseries. The consultant is proposed to support the technical team of AMD project by managing and supervision of onsite vocational trainings on chilies in respect to better nursery production practices, better crop stand, seed processing and handling, food safety measures, value addition like Chili drying, oleoresins etc
The STTAs tasks will include but not be limited to:
a- Record meeting minutes, pictures and field visit reports as annexure of final report;
b- Report on all work assigned by the Director Value Chain in respect to improvement of chili sector.
Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:
120 Days (detail given below) including background review, discussions with AMD staff, and travel to Project sites in Pakistan.
Timing of the Assignment:
The consultants will commence working on the assignment on or about August 1, 2017 and will complete the assignment by April 30, 2018.
The consultants should have:
All qualified applicants should send their CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title in subject line “Consultant - Chili Value Chain Support”