The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a call for proposals for an organization to promote health and nutrition for school age children via add-on snacks production.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 500 employees working in over 70 countries, and works with a wide range of partners. It is a research center of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural innovation network.
- The main objective of the RFP is to identify an organization, processor, and/or private sector partner (hereinafter referred to as consultant) that will work to achieve the following:
- Develop nutritious recipes utilizing biofortified IPM and ZW in partnership with the HarvestPlus team for add on snacks to be delivered to school-age children in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand for a period of 3 months. This will include development of recipes, lab testing of food products and getting approval for distribution at identified schools in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
- Supply biofortified products to schools as an add on to Mid-Day-Meal schemes/school feeding programs. The consultant will procure biofortified grains (IPM and ZW) from FPCs and community institutions which can be facilitated by the Harvestlus team. These grains will be used to produce cookies, biscuits, and other biofortified food products for school-age children. The consultant will distribute these products to specific schools an Anganwadi centers, in close coordination with district administration and HarvestPlus teams. As these are food products, the agency will have to strictly follow all regulations and obtain the necessary licenses/certificates prior to commencing the program.
- Develop Nutri-Pathshala. Under the HaNSA project, the consultant will develop the identified schools as Nutri-Pathshalas with with support from the school management committee, HarvestPlus experts, and government stakeholders in the schools and Anganwadis where the biofortified food products are being supplied contributing to the holistic development of school age children.
- Reporting, Monitoring, and Evaluation. The consultant will be responsible for collecting data, sharing progress reports, and the analysis of data to showcase the progress and outcomes thus achieved. This includes the baseline, end line, and impact report.
- Key outputs for the consultant will be: improved micronutrient intake, certain health indicators among students, and emergence of SHGs/FPCs as micro-entrepreneurs in food processing.
Scope of Work
- Stage 1
- Developing products and recipes to supply biofortified add-on snacks to selected Anganwadi centers and schools in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. This will involve working closely with the HarvestPlus team.
- Stage 2
- Based on the target mentioned in the table above, the selected partner will identify the schools and Anganwadi centers and provide the details to the HarvestPlus team. The partner will obtain permission from the relevant authorities to distribute biscuits and cookies to the respective schools and Anganwadi centers. Each registered school-age child will receive 20 grams of biofortified cookies or biscuits twice a week for a period of 12 weeks.
- Stage 3
- Supply of biofortified cookies and biscuits to 40,000 students in selective Anganwadi and schools for 3 months and implementation of HaNSA program in those selected Anganwadi and schools with close coordination of ICDS and MDMS teams in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
- Stage 4
- Share the report providing evidence of supplying biofortified add-on snacks to 40,000 children in selected Anganwadi and schools.
- All the activities mentioned above will be carried out in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. The partner will ensure the implementation of these activities in close coordination with the district administration, ICDS, department of education, MDMS, and HarvestPlus.
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