USAID: Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock and Nutrition Activity
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock and Nutrition Activity.
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USAID/Bangladesh intends to award a five-year Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock and Nutrition activity, hereinafter referred to as the Livestock & Nutrition activity, with the goal of sustainably increasing livestock productivity, marketability and consumption of livestock products within the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (FTF ZOI).
The Livestock and Nutrition activity will build on the success and lessons learned from the implementation of the USAID-funded Feed the Future (FTF) Bangladesh Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition activity. The successful applicant will adopt a market systems approach and private sector engagement in the implementation of the Activity in order to ensure the sustainability of its interventions beyond the cessation of funding and to contribute to Bangladesh becoming a self-reliant country.
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USAID intends to award one Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide not more than $19,500,000 in total USAID funding.
The anticipated period of performance is five (5) years or sixty (60) months.
The five-year activity will be comprised of three interrelated components:
Component 1: Increased Livestock Productivity;
Component 2: Increased marketability of livestock products at the national and subnational levels;
Component 3: Increased household consumption of safe and diversified livestock products.
This Activity will be implemented within the FTF Zone of Influence, consisting of twenty-one districts in the southwest region of the country: Barisal, Barguna, Bhola, Jhalokati, Patuakhali, and Pirojpur in Barishal Division; Bagerhat, Chuadanga, Kusthia, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Khulna, Magura, Meherpur, Narail, and Satkhira in Khulna Division; and Gopalganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Faridpur and Rajbari in Dhaka Division. It will also be implemented in the USAID/Bangladesh Zone of Resilience, which consists of two districts in the southeast region: Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts in Chattogram Division.
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The selection process for an award under this NOFO will proceed in two phases.
In Phase 1, applicants will submit a Technical Approach that demonstrates how the applicant intends to achieve the objectives and results of the Program. Based on the results of the evaluation process in accordance with the merit review criteria, the Agreement Officer will select up to three or more Technical Approaches that show the greatest promise of success. These selected Technical Approaches will proceed to Phase 2.
In the event USAID determines none of the initial applications received are acceptable, USAID may issue an amendment to this NOFO to again seek interested applicants.
Following the selection of Technical Approaches in Phase 1, applicants will be notified if their Technical Approach will or will not proceed to Phase 2. Technical Approaches not selected in Phase 1 will no longer be considered for an award under this NOFO. It is expected that the time between the Phase 1 deadline and the selection of Phase 2 applicants is approximately one (1) to two (2) months.
In Phase 2, applicants will submit a full Technical Application consisting of 4 main sections.
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