Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme

DFID Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme

The Department for International Development has launched a new Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness programme which aims to increase sustainable investment in agribusinesses with smallholder supply chains.

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

2018/S 054-119729

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for International Development
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride
G758EA
United Kingdom
Contact person: Emma Gannon
Telephone: +44 1355843701
E-mail: e-gannon@dfid.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKM95Internet 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.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/

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:

DFID Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme (CASA)

Reference number: 8232

II.1.2)Main CPV code

75211200

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for International Development (DFID) has launched a new Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme which aims to increase sustainable investment in agribusinesses with smallholder supply chains and increase the involvement of poorer smallholders in those supply chains, with demonstrably higher incomes. These outcomes will drive impacts of increased smallholder incomes, improved food security and inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Key cross-cutting priorities will be women’s economic empowerment, nutrition and climate resilience.

The following components of the CASA programme are included in this procurement:

Component A) Country level value chain activities (Lot 1);

Component B) Emerging Smallholder Facility (Lot 2);

Component C) Learning, Communication and Monitoring activities (Lot 1).

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 35 700 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 1 — Components A and C

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75211200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM95

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Note that activities relating to local community engagement will not be part of this procurement and DFID may issue additional accountable grants as part of the CASA programme. These will also need to be closely linked in management and oversight to maximise synergies and overall goal achievement.

DFID is now seeking the services of suppliers to implement Lot 1 (comprising of Components A and C) and Lot 2 (comprising of Component B) of the programme with mobilisation expected to be in October 2018. Contracts for each lot shall be awarded for a period of 60 months (maximum available budget of 17 500 000 GBP for Lot 1 and of 8 000 000 GBP for Lot 2) — with the option to extend for up to 24 months (with a maximum indicative available budget for the extension period of 7 000 000 GBP for Lot 1 and of 3 200 000 GBP for Lot 2), dependent upon the requirement and at DFID’s discretion – and will comprise of a 6-month Inception / Engagement phase and 54-month Implementation phase. There will be break points after both the Inception / Engagement phase and after 30 months of Implementation.

Lot 1 — Components A and C:

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 3 countries (Nepal, Malawi and Uganda) and in 2 value chains per country which have been identified following a series of sector analysis studies.

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.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 24 500 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 5
Maximum number: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The maximum available budget for Lot 1 is 17 500 000 GBP, inclusive of all applicable taxes, with the option to extend for up to 24 months.

The maximum indicative available budget for the extension period for Lot 1 is 7 000 000 GBP inclusive of all applicable taxes.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 2 — Component B

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75211200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM95

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Note that activities relating to local community engagement will not be part of this procurement and DFID may issue additional accountable grants as part of the CASA programme. These will also need to be closely linked in management and oversight to maximise synergies and overall goal achievement.

DFID is now seeking the services of suppliers to implement Lot 1 (comprising of Components A and C) and Lot 2 (comprising of Component B) of the programme with mobilisation expected to be in October 2018. Contracts for each lot shall be awarded for a period of 60 months (maximum available budget of 17 500 000 GBP for Lot 1 and of 8 000 000 GBP for Lot 2) — with the option to extend for up to 24 months (with a maximum indicative available budget for the extension period of 7 000 000 GBP for Lot 1 and of 3 200 000 GBP for Lot 2), dependent upon the requirement and at DFID’s discretion — and will comprise of a 6-month Inception / Engagement phase and 54-month Implementation phase. There will be break points after both the Inception / Engagement phase and after 30 months of Implementation.

Lot 2 — Component B:

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 an Emerging Smallholder 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 Emerging Smallholder Facility and IIED will work together to maximise impact wherever appropriate.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 11 200 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 5
Maximum number: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The maximum available budget for Lot 2 is 8 000 000 GBP, inclusive of all applicable taxes, with the option to extend for up to 24 months.

The maximum indicative available budget for the extension period for Lot 2 is 3 200 000 GBP inclusive of all applicable taxes.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 164-338052

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 23/04/2018
Local time: 14:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 28/05/2018

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Gerry O’Connor, Department for International Development
Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride
G75 8EA
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Gerry O’Connor, Department for International Development
Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride
G75 8EA
United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

16/03/2018

 

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