Since 2012 CAB International has been working in partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to implement trainings and capacity building activities with farmers in Mirpurkhas and Sanghar Districts of Sindh. The project aims to deliver social, environmental and economic aspects according to a set of standards laid out by BCI related to crop production (including: crop protection and safe use of pesticide; water management and optimisation of water use; soil management to enhance soil fertility; habitat and biodiversity conservation and; management of fibre at harvesting and storing to minimise contamination and damage.
The successful applicant will be expected to deliver the following:
- An inception report including: a review of existing literature; an outline of expected social, environmental and economic outcomes as a result of CABI interventions using the BCI methodology; detailed methodology (including key questions, methods, design and work plan); explanation of how findings will be gender disaggregated; study report outline, indicators and tools
- Timely and quality field data collected as agreed in the inception report.
- Final study report clearly describing qualitative and quantitative findings on;
- Changes at the level of households (farmers and labourers), middlemen, direct buyers and ginners
- Impact on the agencies of social and economic change
- Services and funding models for future support to ensure BCI standards compliance
- PowerPoint slides containing salient data and findings of study report
- High resolution pictures (soft copies) showing programme activities on the ground.
The study design must utilise quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques. Field surveys, observations, Key Informant Interviews and or Focussed Group Discussion tools can be used with sampled population in identified areas. This methodology should be treated as only an indicative idea on research. Applicants are welcomed to propose robust ideas for research which are local relevant and practical to implement. Final methodology and related tools can be agreed in consultation with the selected consultants at the inception phase of this study.
Technical and Financial proposals submitted 10th Oct, 2017
Contract signing 20th Oct, 2017
Inception report submission 5th Nov, 2017
Draft report submitted 5th December
Final draft report submitted 15th December
Ready to print/publish report 26th December