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ADF II Overview
Mercy Corps’ AgriFin Digital Farmer (ADF II) program will work to reach five million smallholder farmers across Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria - 40% of whom are women - living on less than $2.00 per day, who will utilize DFS and/or DIS as a result of this project. In partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates and Bayer Foundations, ADF 2 seeks to support the expansion of digitally enabled services to 5 million smallholder farmers, delivered by growing ecosystems of diverse service providers and building farmer income, productivity and resilience across by 50% while reaching 40% women. ADF II will continue to target farmers who work across a wide variety of crop, livestock and fish value chains, most of whom have diversified production systems growing multiple crops for both home consumption and sale. The program is expected to have positive impacts for farmers and direct partners providing services to farmers and ecosystem actors adopting learnings from program activities. Results and learning from this body of work can be found on the www.mercycorpsagrifin.org website.
GIZ DAA Overview
Drawing on Mercy Corps’ experience implementing the AgriFin Mobile, AgriFin Accelerate and AgriFin Digital Farmer programs, GIZ has engaged Mercy Corps to understand how young technology innovators can be supported in scale and operational viability by engaging with emerging models of digital platforms. The GIZ smart development hack is a six-month, €1,300,000 initiative to work with cohort of partners in Kenya and Nigeria to develop digital solutions that address challenges in the agriculture sector especially brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the complex fragility of many countries, highlighted most clearly in the interplay of public health, markets and food systems. Early warning signs are emerging that the continent is on the brink of an unprecedented food security crisis. In Kenya it is estimated that there are sufficient strategic reserves for three months, but disrupted food systems, logistics and evidence of food hoarding may shorten that timeline, particularly as the largest desert locust invasion in 70 years. This project aims to promote zero contact and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by utilizing technology to expand access to food, improve distribution of agriculture outputs by consumers through support farmers utilize updated agriculture extension information to bolster production, cultivation, marketing and distribution of food in Kenya. Sprout, The Open Content Agriculture Platform, a project of Mercy Corps Agrifin (MCA), is partnering with KALRO to provide a content marketplace/exchange for expert content developers to offer high quality digital-ready, farmer-friendly content that can be used free of charge by content distribution partners. The goal of Sprout is to enable MCA partners to cost effectively, acquire and use this content is to build productivity, earned income and resilience of farmers at scale.
Purpose / Project Description:
AgriFin Digital Farmer I has been operating in Nigeria for over two years. Partners are at various stages of product development for Digital Financial Services (DFS) and Digital Information services (DIS) to smallholder farmers, with an on-the-ground person supporting the Agrifin team based in Nairobi, Kenya, in the engagement and follow-up of partners in-country under ADF II. The consultant will be required to advance Nigeria based partnership relationships, while supporting the Nairobi based technical team in successful implementation and evaluation of ADF engagements. This will include designing engagements, developing new/existing partnerships and facilitating product development initiatives that meet the strategic needs of our core partners.
In addition, under the GIZ DAA grant, the consultant will support with the Agrifin Sprout Nigeria Platform expansion, by identifying potential content contributors, content users and Farming Facing Organizations, participating in weekly Sprout Business Development meetings, onboarding new partners from Nigeria into the Sprout Platform, and updating and Sprout Business Development Pipeline.
The consultant will engage with the AgriFin team across the following key activities:
The consultant will work to produce the following deliverables, in close collaboration with the AgriFin Digital Banking lead:
Under GIZ DAA, more specific
Payments will be made based on days capped at worked with a maximum number of 30 days within the period of May 15, 2023 to November 15, 2023.
Timeframe / Schedule:
The Timeframe will be between May 15, 2023 and November 15, 2023.
The Consultant will report to:
Task Manager: Senior Digital Banking Manager and Nigeria Lead.
Final sign-off on deliverables and invoices: Program Director
The Consultant will work closely with:
The Agrifin technical team
Required Experience & Skills:
The individual consultant must demonstrate significant experience and expertise in:
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