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USDA-FAS seeking Proposals for Improving the Measurement of Market Systems Resilience in Kenya

USDA-FAS seeking Proposals for Improving the Measurement of Market Systems Resilience in Kenya

Deadline: 31 March 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Global Programs (GP) seeks the provision of technical assistance to improve its understanding of market system resilience.

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Specifically, USDA/FAS and USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) seek to support exploratory research to develop, field test, refine hypotheses, and draft indicators and tools for measuring critical factors that enable market systems to adapt and transform in the face of shocks and stresses.

As such, it will support the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future aim of improving agricultural market system resilience leading to more secure economic opportunities for vulnerable populations facing shocks and stresses in northern Kenya.

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Field level data collection should take place in one county in Northern Kenya and one county in Eastern Kenya, to be selected by USDA based on ongoing U.S. government programming. USDA will ensure that there are no security concerns with the county to be selected, and will consider recommendations from the applicant.

Data collection should involve mixed methods (e.g. focus groups, individual interviews and/or mini surveys) with approximately 70-100 market players and 20-30 experts/key informants. Applicants should plan for approximately 50 percent of the effort to be primary data collection and approximately 50 percent of the effort to be desk reviews, analysis, and writing.

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Outcomes of Research

Following the hypothesis that resilient market systems have capacities that enable the systems to adapt and transform over time in the face of shocks and stresses, the outcomes of this research will be to:

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To improve USG’s body of knowledge on the effects of shocks and stresses on market systems (e.g., their magnitude, interactions, frequency, whether their impacts are permanent or temporary);
Further develop operational definitions of proactive characteristics of agricultural, livestock and dairy market systems in Kenya;
Refine/validate indicators and protocols for measuring proactive characteristics of market systems;
Develop sub hypotheses based on existing hypotheses to guide future research on market systems resilience in Kenya, and develop market systems resilience measurement tools based on the research findings;
Identify innovative but practical ways to apply the tools in program design, implementation and evaluation.
Funding Information

Estimated Award Amount: $500,000 total.

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Eligibility Criteria

Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than institution of higher education;
Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than institution of higher education;
Foreign Public Entities;
Foreign Organizations;
Public & State controlled institutions of higher education.
Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

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The funding instrument for this award is a Cooperative Agreement, reflecting a relationship between the Federal agency and the recipient where there will be substantial involvement between the Federal agency and recipient when carrying out the activities contemplated in the agreement.

FAS will be substantially involved in this project by:

Reviewing and approving actions throughout the project implementation;
Establishing the focus County within Kenya;
Facilitating coordination among the recipient and U.S. Government offices in the United States and Kenya;
Providing informational and technical support to coordinate, plan, and implement technical work involving research and participating in the design of activities;
Providing guidance on scheduling and preparing in briefings and dates for travel.
Evaluation Criteria

Prior to making a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency is required by 31 U.S.C. 3321 and 41 U.S.C. 2313 to review information available through any OMB-designated repositories of government-wide eligibility qualification or financial integrity information. Therefore, application evaluation criteria may include the following riskbased considerations of the applicant:

Financial stability;
Quality of management Systems and ability to meet management standards;
History of performance in Managing federal award;
Reports and findings from audits; and
Ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory, or other requirements.
How to Apply

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Applications will be processed through the ezFedGrants portal.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to register for this portal.
Applicants that are unable to access the ezFedGrants portal should contact the program manager for alternative submission instructions.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324074

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