The Financial Sector Deepening Trust of Tanzania (FSDT) wishes to appoint a research company to implement a major study into agriculture finance in Tanzania - AgriFin.
AgriFin aims to boost the supply of finance to the agricultural sector and to enhance access to agriculture finance through market-leading innovation and policy change.
There will be both a supply side component and a demand side component. The supply side component, which aims to quantify the extent of agricultural financing through the various financing channels, will be the subject of a separate procurement process. Terms of reference for the supply side component will be issued in due course.
The demand side component, for which Expressions of Interest are now being sought, comprises a survey of agricultural enterprises, from small farms managed on a commercially sustainable basis up to large processing or trading companies, across three broad categories – producers, processors and service providers. The survey is modelled on the FinScope surveys (please consult http://www.finscope.co.za) but will have more agricultural content than a typical FinScope survey.
A robust sampling process will be needed to ensure the validity of the data. The sampling approach will be agreed with the National Bureau of Statistics in Tanzania. A listing will be required in order to establish the universe of agricultural enterprises from which a representative sample can be drawn. It is intended that the data will be representative at zonal level (i.e. across the 8 agricultural zones in Tanzania).
The study will be coordinated by FSDT and funded by a consortium including FSDT, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Only firms with demonstrated experience in conducting nationally representative research surveys will be considered for this important assignment. Those firms who have not yet conducted a nationally representative survey need not apply.
Interested firms should send an expression of interest letter along with a capability statement by 1500 hrs on 3 January 2011 to:
Glenn H. Scott
Transaction Advisory Services,
Ernst & Young
Utalii House, 36 Laibon Road,
P.O. Box 2475,
Dar es Salaam,
Expression of interest can be sent electronically or by hard copy. It is not necessary to send a hard copy.
Shortlisting will take place by 5 January 2011. If you are shortlisted you will be issued with a formal Request for Proposal, setting out the full terms of reference and the basis on which the contract will be awarded.
Briefing notes, giving full details of the AgriFin concept, and the proposed sampling approach, can be obtained using the address below.