Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Floriculture industry in Kenya has been experiencing instability and unprecedented challenges affecting thousands of workers. These challenges include fluctuating demand, transport problems, tight margins as well as, the introduction of COVID containment measures coupled with low consumer awareness on ethical trade in flowers, retailer purchasing practices that undermine the sustainability of the industry, and longer-term environmental challenges from the climate crisis exacerbate the situation. Thousands of vulnerable workers have been affected by reduced hours, loss of income, with some losing their source of livelihood entirely. In addition, access to basic household needs such as food has been made more difficult due to the high cost of food items due to the effects of the pandemic on inflation, supply chains, and local vendors closing businesses. In responding to this need, Fairtrade set up the COVID-19 Producer Relief and Resilience Fund to support Fairtrade Certified Producers to respond to the threat to their lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and workers.
Through this initiative, Fairtrade Africa has secured funding for a one-year project (from when – start to when -end) from the Switzerland State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), which is jointly managed by Maxhavelaar Switzerland and Fairtrade Africa. The goal of the project is to protect flower farmworkers from the impacts of COVID-19 and ensure the flower industry is fairer and more resilient in the long term.
The specific objectives are
- To support producer organisations to provide relief services to their members and community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- To support producer organisations to implement short-term interventions to contribute to the resilience of the organisations.
The project targets to reach over 20,000 workers across Flower Farms in East Africa, through the distribution of health and hygiene packages to workers for sanitising, protection, and recovery from COVID-19, support farms with technical assistance for a food nutrition programme for workers, and support enhanced health communication and sensitization campaign.
The Objective of the Assignment
The objective of this assignment is to build the resilience of farmworkers through food security improvements. This intervention aims to increase the provision of fresh food for all workers on the farms and provide opportunities for training and sharing of good agricultural practice.
The project will achieve this by supporting Fairtrade Certified Flower Farms to operationalise wooden greenhouses established at their Farms to produce food for the worker’s canteen and workers’ offtake. This will include the provision of farm inputs, agronomy advisory services for production and management of the nutritional gardens, and technical guidance during the preparation and planting of the initial crop. Specific Requirements Fairtrade Africa is inviting proposals from technical experts/ firms to operationalise the Greenhouse Nutritional Gardens for the Workers Canteen in 14 Fairtrade Flower Farms in Kenya. The consultant will be tasked to ensure that the Greenhouse structures are in place across 14 Fairtrade Certified Farms and are fully operational by
• Developing a production plan for the nutritional garden greenhouse for feeding the Farmworkers in each Fairtrade Certified Flower Farm which should take into consideration: o Production of drought/ pest tolerant crop varieties. The choice of vegetables and fruits should also be based on high nutrient content (proteins, fibre, vitamins and macro and micro-nutrients). In addition, the selection of the crop value chains should be informed by location, yields, water requirements and tolerance to pests and diseases, and most importantly the cultural attachment to the vegetables and fruits by the workers. o High preference to organic production, integrating pest management with minimal or no use of pesticides for control of pests/disease, and promoting good agricultural practices.
• Propose category of inputs requirements including vegetables and fruits for implementation of the production plan in the nutritional garden greenhouses.
• Provide agronomic training to the farmworkers appointed to operate and manage the nutritional garden greenhouses.
• Provide Farm inputs in the form of seeds, chemicals, and farming tools where necessary for the production of the initial crop cycle.
• Propose a clear framework for managing the nutritional garden greenhouse for the farm worker’s canteen beyond the life of the project.
The Greenhouse specifications are:
• Wooden greenhouse structure with top overhang frame. Greenhouse dimension is 12m x 32m (384m2 ) and between 2.5m and 3m high
• Covered with green or translucent polythene (200 microns and UV stabilized poly films) and skirting on greenhouse frame.
• Installed drip irrigation system.
• Installed greenhouse ventilation/insect net.
Qualifications and skillsets
**The successful consultant must:
- Possess at least five (5) years of experience in executing similar nutrition, kitchen garden, or agronomy projects.
- Has a well-established outfit with adequate in-house technical capacity and a network of suppliers to deliver the assignment and provide evidence of the same.
- Provide a portfolio of at least 3 nutrition, kitchen garden, or agronomy projects set up within the last five years.
- Knowledge of the Hired Labour sector and experience working on similar initiatives in the sector will be highly desired.
- Have the ability to deliver work to world-class standards within limited periods of time.
The successful firm will be required to produce the following documents before entering into a Contractor Agreement with Fairtrade Africa.
- Certificate of Incorporation or Business Registration Certificate or a Partnership Deed if you are running a partnership business.
- Audited financial statements for the last three years.
- Tax Compliance Certificate.
- Certificate of Incorporation or Business Registration Certificate.
- Physical location including town, building, room number, and postal address.
- Directors’ / Partners’ personal guarantee.
- Trade reference and clientele list including their respective contacts.
How to apply
In response to the above, you are requested to submit your technical and financial proposal not exceeding 15 pages. All proposals must be submitted no later than 21st May 2021. Applications that do not meet the outlined qualifications and requirements will not be considered.
Shortlisted candidates shall be contacted and interviewed within the month.
All applications must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Operationalise Greenhouse Nutritional Gardens’.
Note: All proposals must be submitted electronically, no physical submission will be accepted