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Call for Proposal for Small Tea Growers Sustainability Program of IDH

Call for Proposal for Small Tea Growers Sustainability Program of IDH

Organization: IDH

Apply By: 16 Dec 2022

ABOUT STGSP: 

The in India has started by IDH in
2019. This program aims to close living the living income gap of 35,000 STGs by 2025
through income improvement from tea and other crops, as well as through improving
environment sustainability of tea production This program engages with the sector
around the topic of income improvement for STGs in North India, focusing on Assam
and West Bengal.
The Program
STGSP scales evidence-based approaches to support small tea growers of India in
achieving living income and improve environmental sustainability. It follows the IDH
Living Income Roadmap. The key improvement areas for STGs are:
• Improved status of natural resources such as soil health
• Mitigate threats from disease, pests & climate
• Improved adoption of sustainable/regenerative agricultural practices
• Emphasis on good tea cultivation practices for quality green tea leaves
• Synergistic linkage between grower and Bought Leaf Factory (BLF)
• Provide better access to services such as input, training, etc.
Program Outreach
Projects under the STGSP that address these key improvement areas are implemented
with different stakeholders relevant to the sector, such as government, private sector,
local communities and NGOs.
Currently, the program is present in 5 districts of Assam (Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia,
Sibsagar and Dibrugarh) and 1 district of West Bengal (NB-Jalpaiguri).
Specifically, IDH has a partnership with the Syngenta Foundation of India (SFI) / Agri-
Entrepreneur Growth Foundation (AEGF). This project aims to improve income of small
tea growers through the implementation of Agri-Entrepreneur (AE) model. The AE
model provides one stop solution to the small tea growers in terms of access to input,
resource, information, market linkage for tea and other associated on-farm and offfarm
produce from the STG families.

The Small Tea Growers Sustainability Program (STGSP) in India has started by IDH in 2019. This program aims to close living the living income gap of 35,000 STGs by 2025through income improvement from tea and other crops, as well as through improvingenvironment sustainability of tea production This program engages with the sectoraround the topic of income improvement for STGs in North India, focusing on Assamand West Bengal.The ProgramSTGSP scales evidence-based approaches to support small tea growers of India inachieving living income and improve environmental sustainability. It follows the IDHLiving Income Roadmap.

The key improvement areas for STGs are:

• Improved status of natural resources such as soil health

• Mitigate threats from disease, pests & climate

• Improved adoption of sustainable/regenerative agricultural practices

• Emphasis on good tea cultivation practices for quality green tea leaves

• Synergistic linkage between grower andBought Leaf Factory (BLF)

• Provide better access to services such as input, training, etc.

PROGRAM OUTREACH

Projects under the STGSP that address these key improvement areas are implementedwith different stakeholders relevant to the sector, such as government, private sector,local communities and NGOs.Currently, the program is present in 5 districts of Assam (Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia,Sibsagar and Dibrugarh) and 1 district of West Bengal (NB-Jalpaiguri).Specifically, IDH has a partnership with the Syngenta Foundation of India (SFI) / Agri-Entrepreneur Growth Foundation (AEGF). This project aims to improve income of smalltea growers through the implementation of Agri-Entrepreneur (AE) model. The AEmodel provides one stop solution to the small tea growers in terms of access to input,resource, information, market linkage for tea and other associated on-farm and offfarmproduce from the STG families.

OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE

The objective of this Call for Proposal is to work with partners who can support the program to create impact at small tea level with improved income (by reducing living income gap) and managing the natural resources (soil and water) sustainably.

We are looking for partners who can create projects that improve, innovate, scale or accelerate the effectiveness and efficiency of living income agenda and environmental sustainability initiatives in the Indian tea sector while considering gender as crosscutting theme. The Call for Proposal expects the solution around following approaches:

o Identification and implementation of innovative approaches which helps increasing the income of STGs to achieve decent standard of living.

o Find the balance between income improvement and environmental sustainability (nexus between IDH themes 1. Better environment and 2. Better income in projects)

o Creating gender transformative project/program while achieving program aims and objectives.

This Call for Proposals document contains technical information about the process and criteria of the Call for Proposals and includes the Annexes. The proposals must be in line with the IDH Better Income and Better Environment impact areas, outlined in Annex 3.


PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA:

Applicants must comply with the following eligibility criteria for their application to be considered:

• Aplications are expected to be in-line with the objective and scope mentioned above.

• Applicants should be or willing to operate in Assam state of India.

• Applicants must have prior experience in tea sector and experience of working with small tea growers will be desirable.

• Applicants does have experience in delivering or improving agronomic/social training or extension services.

• Applicants must have ability to receive foreign funding such as Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) for not-for-profit organization.

• The projects should lead to self-sustaining business models independent of grant funding.

Applicant(s) can submit and be awarded multiple project proposals under the Program, either as lead applicant or applicant in those projects. In case of multiple project partners, the lead applicant demonstrates the strength of the project team, proven track record of project management and demonstrates the technical capacity of the implementing organisation(s) in project management.

The IDH team will assess applications received in the concept note phase and shortlist best fitting ideas according to the following criteria:

• Alignment with STGSP's objectives the proposal is aligned with outcomes that the Program is seeking.

• Relevance to IDH impact areas: The proposal is relevant for small tea growers and in line with the focus of the impact areas outlined in Annex 3.

• Predefined geography: Preferred region for implementation is Assam state of India (specially districts under the STGSP). Other districts can be considered if a strong argument is provided for why this region should be considered.

• Scalability: The solution has the potential to be scaled up and to be replicated across regions.

• Feasibility: The proposal presents measurable outcomes which are achievable within the project timeframe and budget.

• Capacity of the partner: The applicant has proven capacity to implement, manage, communicate and report on the activities proposed.

• Co-funding and exit strategy:

The following general rules apply for co-funding:

• There are no minimum and maximum budgets for proposed projects. However, IDH co-funding will be available up to EUR 90,000 for a period of 3 years. Besides this, IDH can provide support to project implementation through existing work on STGSP, both through its Program staff and linkages with other projects.

• The applicant(s) shall guarantee the availability of their own part of the funding of the project.

• The maximum percentage of co-funding by the Program is 30%; the remainder will have to be funded by the project applicant(s), with a minimum of 70% financing from private sector partners. In the full proposal phase, the proposals will be assessed as per the selection criteria in the document. 

TIMELINES:

Release of Call for Proposal - 17th November 2022

Date of submission for concept note phase - 16th December 2022

Shortlisting of applicants for full proposal phase - 10th January 2023

Date of submission for full proposal - 10th February 2023

Final decision on selection - 5th March 2023

Project implementation - April 2023 to December 2023

 

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