Delegation of the European Union
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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) from Avocado Producers in Tanzania to implement Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global G.A.P.) and quality improvementt

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Expressions of interest are invited from Tanzanian avocado producers linked to avocado exporters who wish to receive technical assistance in applying Good Agricultural Practices according to the requirements of Global G.A.P standard and quality improvement. Applications are requested from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) intending to certify existing farmers’ groups with whom they are currently working with in order to export their produce. Enterprises are invited to express and confirm their interest by preferably completing and submitting the Expression of Interest questionnaire at the following link: https://s.surveyplanet.com/i9GxwYyGf latest by the closing date – 15 March 2019.

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI)

from Avocado Producers in Tanzania

to implement Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalG.A.P.) and quality improvement

Market Access Upgrade Programme for the East African Community

 

Expressions of interest are invited from Tanzanian avocado producers linked to avocado exporters who wish to receive technical assistance in applying Good Agricultural Practices according to the requirements of Global G.A.P standard and quality improvement. Applications are requested from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) intending to certify existing farmers’ groups with whom they are currently working with in order to export their produce.

 

Background:

Project: The International Trade Centre is implementing “Market Access Upgrade Programme” (MARKUP), which aims to contribute to the economic development of the East African Community partner countries by improving market access to European Union (EU) and the East African region. Financed by the EU, the project supports agro-industrial crop and horticultural sectors, including avocado, in the five EAC partner countries including Tanzania.

 

Technical assistance scope: Producers and exporters in the avocado sector are being assisted to improve their access to the EU market by meeting the Global G.A.P. standard. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) implemented by producers improve safety of the avocado produce as also through quality improvement measures. Certification against the  GlobalG.A.P. standard will help Tanzanian avocado producers to meet the most commonly requested requirement of buyers and the standard requirement of supermarkets in Europe, where avocado has been a growing market for several years. Improved operations and  certification will strengthen their international competitiveness of Tanzanian producers.

In the above context, up to 10 selected farmers‘ groups linked to exporters in Tanzania will receive direct and hands-on help to ready them for certification to the Global G.A.P standard. The avocado exporters linked to the certified farmers ‘groups will moreover get the opportunity to improve quality, and meet buyers at an international fresh produce trade fair.

An expert assigned to each farmer group enterprise will help to implement action plans for compliance with the requirements of the Global G.A.P. standard through a first assessment, report  identifying specific actions, setting in place the processes, documentation and measures to operationalize the practices. The expert will also provide the required guidance and advice in implementing the actions. All participating enterprises will also build their awareness and knowledge on GAP by participating in training.

 

Selection Criteria:

To qualify for above-mentioned support to implement Global G.A.P., the enterprises must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an established and financially viable SME avocado producer / exporter located in Tanzania with previous proven export track and relevant experience with markets
  2. Committed to improving the enterprise’s export potential and enhance compliance with international market requirements concerning hygiene and food safety
  3. Willingness to implement recommendations for compliance with requirements, including financial sustainability to upgrade the infrastructure if required
  4. Ability to demonstrate a current strong association with farmers/existing farmers‘ groups
  5. Already undertaking activities to address some or most issues related to hygiene and food safety
  6. Have qualified and competent personnel and sufficient number of employees to implement the GAP food safety requirements and maintain required records
  7. Actively participate and fully engage in the project for the duration of Global G.A.P. implementation and certification (timing envisaged for two years April 2019-March 2021)
  8. Make available relevant information about the company and access to relevant premises available to the assigned expert to enable, facilitate and enhance the implementation of the standard.
  9. Accept visits by the expert and the ITC project team at the premises.
  10. Make all relevant personnel available to meet the expert as required to implement the standard, and to release required staff to participate in theoretical and hands-on training sessions
  11. Accomplish the action plan and complete assigned tasks within agreed upon timelines, for instance for process modification, record keeping, internal verification
  12. Willingness to complete the GAP certification process.
  13. Willingness to share the costs of the implementation and certification process.

 

Process, Application Procedure and Timing:

The selection of enterprises will be done by ITC experts, in two stages.

  1. Enterprises are invited to express and confirm their interest by preferably completing and submitting the Expression of Interest questionnaire at the following link: https://s.surveyplanet.com/i9GxwYyGf  latest by the closing date – 15 March  2019.

(If your company has limited access to the internet, then please submit the application in Annex.)

  1. If short-listed by ITC against the above criteria, producer/exporter will be requested to make themselves and personnel available to meet with the ITC expert who will visit the premises and farm to :

a) discuss further any particular clarifications needed

b) validate the information in the submitted questionnaire before final selection, and

c) when convinced of the feasibility, will undertake the preliminary assessment against the requirements of Global G.A.P. or its add-on Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) (March/April 2019)

  • d) Final selection will be done by ITC based on the above information.

 

Following selection, the enterprise will receive the programme schedule for interventions consisting of:

  1. Training workshops GAP (May/June 2019)
  2. The implementation work plan based on the diagnostic assessment is to be agreed between the expert assigned by ITC and the producer group/exporter.

              

Address for correspondence:

TO: ITC

Name: Ms Hema Menon

Trade Training Officer

Export Quality Management

International Trade Centre

 Email: menon@intracen.org

 

CC:

Fernanda Leite

Project Officer MARKUP

International Trade Centre (ITC)

E-mail: leite@intracen.org

Tel. +41 22 730.01.63

 

 

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