Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
Hiring of Consulting Firm for Impact of Matching Grants and Progress against Output Indicator 3.1 through Evidence Collection
Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
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Posted date 18th November, 2022 Last date to apply 28th November, 2022
Country Pakistan Locations Islamabad
Category Monitoring & Evaluation
Type Consultant Positions 1
Experience 10 years Age 10 years
Status Closed

Request for Proposals (RfP)

The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund invites Technical and Financial Proposals from interested and qualified firms.

The consultant firm will be selected in accordance with PPAF standard procurement guidelines.

Please submit hard copies of Technical and Financial Proposals in separate sealed envelopes by 28th November, 2022 at the following address;

Unit Head-Procurement

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)

Plot 14, Street 12, Mauve Area, G-8/1, Islamabad



Terms of Reference
Consulting Firm for Impact of Matching Grants and Progress against Output Indicator 3.1 through Evidence Collection

 

  1. 1.      Introduction of PPAF:

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the lead apex institution for community-driven development in the country. PPAF was registered in February 1997 under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984 (now Companies Act 2017) as a not-for profit company. PPAF’s mission is to transform the lives of the poor to create a more equitable and prosperous Pakistan. It has outreach in 147 districts across all four provinces and regions of the country, supporting communities to access improved infrastructure, energy, health, education, livelihoods, finance, and develop resilience to disasters. It serves the poorest and most marginalized rural households and communities across the country providing them with an array of financial and non-financial services. PPAF aims to ensure that its core values of social inclusion, participation, accountability, transparency and stewardship are built into all processes and programmes. For a complete profile, please visit our website at http://www.ppaf.org.pk

  1. 2.      Introduction of GRASP:

The Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) is a six-year programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by the International Trade Centre (ITC), including the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) as implementing partners. GRASP’s overall objective is to support poverty reduction and sustainable and inclusive economic growth in rural areas of Pakistan. The programme’s specific objective is to support gender inclusive income and employment generation, enhanced productivity and profitability of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in primary production, service provision and value addition in and around selected clusters of production. The project is being implemented in 96 Union Councils (UCs) belong to 22 selected districts of Balochistan and Sindh. Targeted value chains are Onion, Dates, Olives, Grapes, Livestock: Sheep (live animals, wool, and meat), Goat (live animals and meat), backyard poultry (and related products) in Balochistan and Onions, Dates, Tomatoes, Mangoes, Banana, Livestock; Cattle (live animals, milk and meat), Goat (live animals and meat) in Sindh province. PPAF has engaged seven Partner Organizations (POs) in 22 districts. PO-wise district list is attached as Annex-I.

As such, the GRASP contributes directly to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 13 (Climate Action). 

GRASP focuses on selected product lines within livestock and horticulture value chains. The project intervenes in three main ways:

  • Improving the eco-system for rural SME development through building institutional capacity and improving the business environment
  • Building production and quality of primary products through support to SME agribusiness service providers and business intermediary organizations in rural areas
  • Increasing added-value and marketed volumes through developing value chains and supporting SMEs to improve management, increase access to finance, apply sustainable technology to add value and improve quality and reduce waste throughout the system.

 

2.1              Project Objective, Key Outcome and Output Indicators:


Overall Objective/Impact of GRASP:

GRASP aims to support poverty reduction and sustainable, inclusive economic growth in rural areas of Pakistan. The key indicators for overall objectives are:

  • 1% decrease in Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in each of the targeted province (the indicator is linked with SDG 1).
  • 2% decrease in MPI in each of the targeted districts of Balochistan and Sindh.
  • 2% increase in economic growth in each of the targeted provinces.
  • 3% increase in agriculture productivity in each of the targeted districts in targeted value chains.

Specific Objective/Outcome GRASP:

To support gender inclusive income and employment generation, enhanced productivity and profitability of SMEs involved in primary production, service provision and value addition in and around selected clusters of production.

The key indicators for project specific objective/outcome are:

  • 50% of agribusiness and business environment-related policies, strategies or regulations implemented in favor of the competitiveness of SMEs.
  • 30% increase in area cultivated by supported SMEs brought under sustainable practices.
  • 50% increase in sales turnover of supported SMEs in selected value chains.
  • 50% increase in agribusinesses sourcing from producer SMEs within targeted value chains.
  • 30% increase in full time equivalent (FTE) jobs supported in assisted SMEs (disaggregated by age, sex and province).
  • 40% increase in investment in the targeted value chain by supported SMEs.
  • USD 9 million amount of finance accessed by SMEs in selected sectors including green finance.
  • 13,852 (Men 80% and Women 20%) SMEs having invested in environmentally sustainable cleaner production technologies.

Project Outputs[1]:

Output 1: Institutional capacity strengthened, and business environment improved for rural SME development.

  • 1.1: Number of agribusiness and business environment-related polices, strategies or regulations approved or changed with business sector input in favor of the competitiveness and sustainable practices of SMEs.
  • 1.2: Number of SPS-related institutions reporting improved operational and managerial performance.
  • 1.3: Number of GoP and provincial staff supervising SPS compliance.

 

Output 2: Agribusiness service providing SMEs (run by Male/Female) and their Business Intermediary Organizations (BIOs) are capacitated to enhance primary production and quality.

  • 2.1: Percentage of targeted SMEs including producers reporting compliance with food safety regulations and sustainability standards.
  • 2.2: Percentage of SMEs including producers applying environmentally sustainable cleaner production technologies, water saving, desertification mitigating measures, and climate smart agricultural practices.
  • 2.3: Percentage of supported SMEs including producers having made changes to their business operations to add value.
  • 2.4: Percentage of ABSPs having reported improved business services to meet producers’ needs.

Output 3: Commercially operating SMEs (Male/Female) are trained in appropriate environmentally sustainable technologies value and enhance marketed volumes.

  • 3.1: Number of (commercially operating) SMEs having transacted business as part of national or international value chains (gender-disaggregated).
  • 3.2: Number of SMEs accessing finance in support of environmentally sustainable technologies.
  • 3.3: Number of SMEs (including primary producers) in selected value chains reporting improved access to market pricing information, knowledge on good agricultural practices, and weather forecasting services through mobile digital technology.

Detailed Results Based Framework (RBF) of the Project is attached as Annex-II.

  1. 3.      Rationale and Scope of the Assignment:

 

In line with annual GRASP M&E workplan, PPAF is planning to conduct an indicator status survey to assess the project’s performance w.r.t select components of the project.

This assignment will be helpful in determining progress against relevant logframe indicators. In this context, the focus of assignment will be to cover following areas of inquiry:

Study 1: Evidence Collection against Output 3.1 indicator:

  • This study will collect evidence-based data against output indicator 3.1, draw an analytical analysis of various relevant trainings provided to commercially operated SMEs[2] (as already reported) and utilization of these trainings for sustainable practices in business transactions as part of local and international value chains.

Study 2: Impact of Matching Grants:

 

This study will collect evidence-based data by following-up with matching grants beneficiaries to ascertain impact and change w.r.t key indicators. The study shall assess the impact of matching grants beneficiaries in terms of matching grant models, identify gaps, compile results and productivity of this component, and suggest improvements to the existing and upcoming implementation.

The following outcome level indicators are to be addressed through this study.

  • % increase in sales turnover of supported SMEs in selected value chains.
  • % increase in full time equivalent (FTE) jobs supported in assisted SMEs (disaggregated by age, sex and province).
  • % increase in investment in the targeted value chain by supported SMEs
  • % of total finance accessed by SMEs allocated to green finance
  • % increase in area cultivated by supported SMEs brought under sustainable practices
  • % of agribusinesses sourcing from producer SMEs within targeted value chains
  • % of SMEs have invested in environmentally sustainable cleaner production technologies

% of matching grants schemes provided in combination with technical assistance for green technologies

Both the above studies shall incorporate the context created by current floods on SMEs especially related to GRASP focused value chains and eco-system they operate in.

The consulting firm will review data available in GRASP MIS and /or collected and reported earlier as well as collection of required primary data in field to support its findings. The consultant shall also review and take into consideration key project documentation including work plan, log-frame, baseline study and progress reports, etc.

If required, the consultant itself will acquire NOC/s for data collection in field areas from relevant departments, but not compromising the agreed study /deliverables timeline. PPAF may provide the necessary introductory letters for this purpose.

 

  1. 4.      Indicative Methodology for the Assignment:

The proposed methodology and design of the study will include the following:

 

  • Review of the programme MIS and key documentation including programme agreement, work plans, log-frame, financial documentation, baseline study, and progress reports, etc.
  • Compile and consolidate study-wise dataset of the beneficiaries for extracting the appropriate sample. 
  • Preparation of brief methodology which should encompass surveys with the target beneficiaries and KIIs with relevant POs’ staff as well as review of project record available the POs.
  • On the basis the datasets and documentation review, formulation of the assessment instruments/tools and validate PPAF and its partners.
  • Piloting the assessment tools in the sample program/project areas before the actual data collection. The piloting will serve two main purposes: (i) to check the appropriateness of the questions and the length of the questionnaire; and (ii) to ensure the quality and reliability of the tools. The data collection activity starts once the data collection tools are finalized.
  • In the event of restricted field access, timely share alternate strategy for field data collection which will be reviewed and approved by PPAF and ITC.
  • Processing and analysis of data and compilation of two distinct reports (for components highlighted) containing analysis of findings and recommendations.
  • Submission of final two distinct reports based on comments and feedback by PPAF.
  • Preparation of 2-3 pager brief and infographics of the two distinct studies.
  • Designing of the final reports as per PPAF branding guidelines

 

  1. 5.      Data Quality Control:

To assess data quality, following key strategies should be considered:

  • Double data entry
  • Spot checking by the consultant
  • Sort data to find missing data, outliers, high, or low values.
  • Ranges, format and consistency checks

Apart from the above-mentioned processes, reliability, accuracy, precision, completeness, and integrity of the data will be ensured at all levels, throughout the study. Means of verification shall include filled questionnaire forms, pictures from field survey (if beneficiary allows) and recording of KIIs, etc.  

In addition to the above, PPAF will also participate in data quality checks by conducting random spot-checks throughout the duration of fieldwork and providing feedback to the firm.

Data entry will take place concurrently by the consultant.

  1. 6.      Indicative Sampling Methodology and Framework:

As per latest records, matching grants have been given to approximately 80 SMEs [55 under PPAF portfolio and 25 under ITC (facilitated by KPMG during the COVID-19 response phase)] in 41 UCs of 19 districts in Sindh and Balochistan while overall target for SMEs having transacted business as part of national or interventional value chains under output 3.1 is 4,609[3] (10% women led).

 

As part of the sample selection process, the geographical area will be determined first using multi-stage stratified sampling technique to determine the desired sample size. At the first stage of sampling, at least four districts will be selected from each of the programme provinces split based on geographical representation and maximum interventions.

A stratified multistage probability proportionate to the size (PPS) will be prepared and shared by the firm. KIIs will be conducted with selected district’s partner organizations focal persons, ITC, PPAF and FAO teams.

 

The firm’s proposed methodology and sampling framework will be reviewed and approved by PPAF.

 

  1. 7.      Data Access:

The survey data will be the exclusive property of PPAF. The consulting will clean data  soon after the survey and will share it with PPAF and ITC.

  1. 8.      Qualification of the Consulting Firm:

PPAF is inviting proposals from a firm that has the following appropriate amalgam of experience and expertise:

 

  • A company registered in Pakistan with at least 10 years’ experience of proven track record of conducting the evaluations, situational analysis and impact assessment studies regarding integrated poverty alleviation and community development programming.
  • Has already conducted 4-5 similar assignments that can be verified through references from previous clients and final outputs.
  • Has applied global standards, guidelines and approaches of conducting qualitative and quantitative assessment/surveys/research studies/evaluations.
  • Strong track record in qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Strong understanding of the context and situation regarding poverty, livelihood and local governance issues and dynamics in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

  • Understanding/knowledge of the policy agenda on rural economy, local context, recovery and rehabilitation, and multi sectorial development in the fragile security situation areas.
  • Has sufficient capacity to suggest and implement a rigorous mechanism to collect data remotely in case of field access constraints due to natural disasters, law and order or other security issues.
  • Has adequately staffed and logistically appropriate office establishment (head office or branch office in any of the provinces covered by assignment would be accorded due weightage).
  • Has an experienced team of professionals with multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills set.
  • Additionally, the team should also include experts in field logistics and supervision, computer specialist in data entry and cleaning, and field supervisors with 2-3 years of relevant experience and knowledge of local languages.
  • The consultant team shall include the following key personnel:

 

a)      Team Leader/Value Chain Specialist (1)

-          Master’s degree in Economics, Business Management, Agribusiness, Research, or related field.

-          At least 10 years of extensive knowledge and experience in handling Monitoring & Evaluation, Impact Assessment; Applied Research and Development; value chain assessment & analysis, data management and surveys.

-          At least 7 years of experience in all or any three of the following area: feasibility studies/marker survey, business planning, market intelligence, value chain assessment & analysis, designing and managing Institutional Development, Programs and Projects Management particular in Supply/Value Chain development, business incubations, including development of tools, assessment methodology and report-writing.

-          Strong understanding of issues related to rural and urban economy and approaches in the development context of Pakistan. Understanding of Sindh and Balochistan is preferred.

 

b)      Statistical Data Analyst (1):

-          Master’s degree in Development Studies, Statistics, Economics or related field.

-          Extensive knowledge of qualitative and quantitative surveys methodology and experience in field research and /or monitoring and evaluation of large-scale projects, preferably using inclusive, participatory and community demand-driven approach.

-          Demonstrated experience in survey designing, data analysis and synthesis (minimum 5 years).

Strong understanding of rural economy and economic context in Pakistan; similar field experience in Pakistan will be an asset.

 

In addition, the firm should hire local enumerators, supervisors and key punch operators having 2-3 years of relevant experience and knowledge.

 

  1. 9.      Schedule and Timeline:

The total allocated duration for the assignment is 1.5 months after signing of contract between consultant and PPAF.

Activity

Duration

Desk review of project documents, submission and approval of inception report (and data collection tools)

1.5 week

The field work/data collection

1.5 weeks

Cleaning, tabulation and analysis of datasets

1 week

Preparation and submission of two distinct reports

1 week

Review, and finalization of reports and presentation to Senior Management

1 week

 

 

 

  1. 10.  Supervision and Reporting:

PPAF focal person for the assignment is General Manager – MER.

 

  1. 12.  Key Deliverables and Payment Schedule:

The payment will be made as per submission and approval of following deliverables:

 

Sr.

Key Deliverable

Payment percentage

1

Submission and approval of Inception Report (including the methodology for study, reporting template, overall sampling framework, field plan and data collection tools)

30%

2

Submission of two distinct draft reports with findings and recommendations

40%

3

Submission two final reports along with final clean quantitative and qualitative datasets

30%

 

  1. 13.  Selection Method:

The consultant will be selected in accordance with PPAF standard procurement guidelines.

  1. 14.  Ethical Considerations:

The consulting firm will make clear to all participating beneficiaries that there is no obligation to participate in the survey. All participants will be assured that there will be no negative consequences if they choose not to participate. The firm will obtain informed consent from the participants. In case if the field staff does not understand participants’ first language, s/he will be taking interpreter/s along. S/He will have to receive prior permission for taking and use of visual still/ moving images for specific purposes, i.e., for report and presentations. The firm will also assure the participants’ anonymity and confidentiality and will ensure the visual data is protected and used for agreed purpose only.

 

The consultant will hand over all the database/list of beneficiaries and key informants interviewed to PPAF along with the draft/final report. PPAF will hold the ownership of all data collected under this assignment and the firm will have no right to use or quote data/information from the survey without prior written permission from senior management of PPAF.


 

Annex-I: District-wise Partner Organizations Presence

Sr. No

Province

District

PO

1

SINDH

 HYDERABAD

SAFWCO

2

SINDH

 KARACHI

SAFWCO

3

SINDH

 KHAIRPUR

SGF

4

SINDH

 MATIARI

TRDP

5

SINDH

 MIR PUR KHAS

TRDP

6

SINDH

SAJAWAL

RDF

7

SINDH

 SANGHAR

SGF

8

SINDH

 SHAHEED BENAZIRABAD

SGF

9

SINDH

 TANDO ALLAH YAR

TRDP

10

SINDH

 TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN

RDF

11

SINDH

 THARPARKAR

TRDP

12

SINDH

 THATTA

RDF

13

BALOCHISTAN

KECH

SPO

14

BALOCHISTAN

KHARAN

TF

15

BALOCHISTAN

KHUZDAR

BRSP

16

BALOCHISTAN

LASBELA

BRSP

17

BALOCHISTAN

MUSAKHEL

TF

18

BALOCHISTAN

NUSHKI

TF

19

BALOCHISTAN

PANJGUR

SPO

20

BALOCHISTAN

PISHIN

TF

21

BALOCHISTAN

QUETTA

TF

22

BALOCHISTAN

ZHOB

TF


 

 

Annex-II: GRASP Log-frame

Indicator

Benchmarks

End Target

Overall Objective: To support poverty reduction and sustainable, inclusive economic growth in rural areas of Pakistan.

Impact Indicators:

1. Percentage change in multi-dimensional poverty index (MPI) of the targeted provinces (the indicator is linked with SDG 1)

MPI of Balochistan 72% and Sindh 43% (as per MPI report of 2016)

1% decrease per province

2. Percentage change in multi-dimensional poverty index of the targeted districts of Balochistan and Sindh

MPI of target districts (as per MPI report of 2016)

2% decrease per district

3. Percentage Change in economic growth per province (targeted)

Will be updated on the basis of latest economic survey report

The Target set for this indicator for 2024 is an increase in GRP by;

Sindh            = 2%
Balochistan   = 2%

4. Percentage Change in agriculture productivity in targeted districts in targeted value chains.

Onion

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Sanghar

18.3

Matiari

15.3

T. Allah Yar

7.7

Hyderabad

21.0

Mirpurkhas

16.8

Zhob

14.1

Kharan

12.6

Khuzdar

23.0

Noshki

14.3

Lasbela

11.6

Tomato

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Sanghar

7.2

T. M. Khan

15.6

Sujawal

11.1

Thatta

21.5

Mirpur Khas

15.3

Mango

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Khairpur

5.2

Sanghar

7.9

Matiari

5.7

T. Allah Yar

4.9

Hyderabad

5.4

Mirpurkhas

5.7

Dates

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Khairpur

3.7

Kharan

4.4

Panjgur

3.5

Khuzdar

4.0

Noshki

3.7

Lasbela

3.5

Ketch

4.7

Grapes

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Zhob

3.0

Kharan

3.7

Pishin

5.2

Banana

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Khairpur

23.0

Shaheed Benazirabad

23.2

Matiari

20.3

T. Allah Yar

23.7

T. M. Khan

22.7

Thatta

22.2

Olives

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Zhob

0.5

Musa Khel

2.0

Khuzdar

5.0

Noshki

2.0

 

Onion

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Sanghar

18.85

Matiari

15.76

T. Allah Yar

7.93

Hyderabad

21.63

Mirpurkhas

17.30

Zhob

14.52

Kharan

12.98

Khuzdar

23.69

Noshki

14.73

Lasbela

11.95

Tomato

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Sanghar

7.42

T. M. Khan

16.07

Sujawal

11.43

Thatta

22.15

Mirpur Khas

15.76

Mango

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Khairpur

5.36

Sanghar

8.14

Matiari

5.87

T. Allah Yar

5.05

Hyderabad

5.56

Mirpurkhas

5.87

Dates

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Khairpur

3.81

Kharan

4.53

Panjgur

3.61

Khuzdar

4.12

Noshki

3.81

Lasbela

3.61

Ketch

4.84

Grapes

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Zhob

3.09

Kharan

3.81

Pishin

5.36

Banana

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Khairpur

23.69

Shaheed Benazirabad

23.90

Matiari

20.91

T. Allah Yar

24.41

T. M. Khan

23.38

Thatta

22.87

Olives

Districts

Yield (Tons/Hectare)

Zhob

0.52

Musa Khel

2.06

Khuzdar

5.15

Noshki

2.06

 

Specific Objectives: To support gender inclusive income and employment generation, enhanced productivity and profitability of SMEs involved in primary production, service provision and value addition in and around selected clusters of production.

Outcome Indicators:

1. Percentage of Agribusiness and business environment, related policies, strategies or regulations implemented in favor of the competitiveness of SMEs

ZERO

50% of the polices, strategies, laws developed or updated are approved and in implemented

2. Percentage of Area cultivated by supported SMEs brought under sustainable practices

ZERO (as GRASP supported SMEs were not available at the time of baseline survey)

 

30% increase

3. Percentage change in sales turnover of supported SMEs in selected value chains

ZERO

50% increase (PKR 2.124 million per year)

4. Percentage of Agribusinesses sourcing from producer SMEs within targeted value chains

ZERO

50% of agribusinesses will develop backward linkages*

5. Percentage change in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported in assisted SMEs

ZERO (as GRASP supported SMEs were not available at the time of baseline survey)

 

30% increase in FTE jobs

6. Percentage Change in investment in the targeted value chain by supported SMEs

ZERO (as GRASP supported SMEs were not available at the time of baseline survey)

 

40% increase

7. Amount of Finance accessed by SMEs in selected sectors including green finance

ZERO

9 million USD *

8. Number of SMEs having invested in environmentally sustainable and cleaner production technologies

ZERO

13,852 (Men 80% and 20% women)*

 

Outputs of GRASP

Output 1: Institutional capacity strengthened, and business environment improved for rural SME development.

1.1. Number of Agribusiness and business environment-related policies, strategies or regulations approved or changed with business sector input in favor of the competitiveness and sustainable practices of SMEs

ZERO

24 policies, strategies or regulations changed and approved at federal and provincial levels.

1.2. Number of SPS-related institutions reporting improved operational and managerial performance

ZERO

Eight institutions: four in each province

1.3. Number of GoP and provincial staff supervising SPS compliance

ZERO

Total staff: 40, Sindh: 20 and Balochistan: 20 (reporting improved technical capacities)

Output 2: Agribusiness service providing SMEs (run by Male/Female) and their BIOs are capacitated to enhance primary production and quality.

2.1. Percentage of Targeted SMEs including producers reporting compliance with food safety regulations and sustainability standards.

ZERO

80% SMEs including producers

2.2.  Percentage of SMEs including producers applying environmentally sustainable cleaner production technologies, water saving, desertification mitigating measures, and climate smart agricultural practices.

ZERO

 

50% of the SMEs including producers following at least one of the practices, mentioned in the indicator

2.3. Percentage of supported SMEs including producers having made changes to their business operations to add value

ZERO

 

80% SMEs including producers

2.4. Percentage of ABSPs having reported improved business services to meet producers’ needs

ZERO

80% of ABSPs

Output 3: Commercially operating SMEs (Male/Female) are trained in appropriate environmentally sustainable technologies value and enhance marketed volumes.

3.1. Number of SMEs having transacted business as part of national or international value chains (gender- disaggregated) (ITC C3/C47)

ZERO

 4,609 SMEs (90% men and 10% women)*

3.2. Number of SMEs accessing finance in support of environmentally sustainable technologies

ZERO

148 SMEs*

3.3. Number of SMEs (including primary producers) in selected value chains reporting improved access to market pricing information, knowledge on good agricultural practices, and weather forecasting services through mobile digital technology

ZERO

5,000 SMEs including primary producers*

Output 1.1: Domestic commerce policy. Domestic commerce and regulatory policies reviewed and made conducive for rural SME competitiveness.

1.1.1. Number of Policy reforms for improving business environment designed (by federal and Provincial Level)

ZERO

New reform policies: three at federal level and nine at provincial level.

1.1.2. Number of Public-private policy working groups developed and meet on quarterly basis (by province)

ZERO

One Group in Sindh and one in Balochistan meeting on quarterly basis

1.1.3. Number of Policy reviews related to improved business environment for women completed (by province)

ZERO (no policies were developed or completed in favor of women entrepreneurs)

One in Sindh; One in Balochistan completed policy reviews

1.1.4. Number of Government officials trained on gender issues related to supporting women entrepreneurs and workers in agricultural value chains (by province)

ZERO

Total 150: Sindh 75; and Balochistan 75. It is suggested by the consultants that at least 10% of these government officials should be female.

1.1.5. Number of SMEs assisted in registration/compliance (by gender and province)

ZERO

 

500 SMEs will be registered (both genders), Sindh 300, Balochistan 200. A least 25% (75) of SMEs from Sindh and 12.5% (25) of SMEs from Balochistan should be female sponsored.

Output 1.2: (Agricultural policies) agricultural policies reviewed and made conducive for enhanced value chain competitiveness (of priority products).

1.2.1. Number of Policy reforms for improving competitiveness of agriculture value chain designed (by province)

ZERO

On aggregate 12 reform policies, four for Sindh and eight for Balochistan.

1.2.2. Number of Private-sector policy working groups developed and meet on quarterly basis (by sector and province)

ZERO

Total four: Livestock two (one in each province); Horticulture two (one in each province).

1.2.3. Percentage of Women participation in private-sector policy working groups

ZERO

On average 30% of the members of the working groups should be female.

Output 1.3: (Rural SME strategies) Rural SME competitiveness and sustainability strategies are designed.

1.3.1. Number of SME Development Strategies designed (by province)

ZERO.

One in Sindh and One in Balochistan.

1.3.2. Number of SME Development Action Plans developed (by province)

ZERO

One in Sindh and One in Balochistan.

1.3.3. Number of Value chain roadmaps developed (by province)

ZERO.

6 in Sindh and 6 in Balochistan.

1.3.4. Number of Research Publications supporting sectoral competitiveness

ZERO.

Four research papers published and presented.

Output 1.4: (SPS + quality) SPS (including food safety) regulatory, operational and institutional frameworks are reviewed and strengthened at provincial level.

1.4.1. Number of Provincial SPS compliance strategies designed (by sector)

ZERO

Four strategies, two for Sindh and two for Balochistan by sector (Horticulture 2 and Livestock 2).

1.4.2. Number of Institutions/laboratories strengthened (by province)

ZERO (as the procurement is not complete for all laboratories)

Institutional support to eight laboratories, four in each province.

1.4.3. Number of GoP staff trained on SPS compliance (by province)

ZERO (under GRASP none of the staff was trained as such)

Number of provincial government staff trained: 20 in Sindh and 20 in Balochistan.

1.4.4. Number of Awareness raising campaigns to promote SPS compliance organized (by province)

ZERO

Number of awareness campaigns: 2 in Sindh and 2 in Balochistan.

Output 2.1: Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and technologies in selected value chains promoted.

2.1.1. Number of Primary producer SMEs supported in provision of agricultural extension services including climate smart (CSA) and Good agricultural Practices (GAP) practices and technologies

ZERO

An ambitious target has been set in which 3,000 individuals per value chain from SMEs will be trained in the two provinces. Overall target is 33,000.

Output 2.2: (Value addition incl. Quality) Capacities of SMEs to add value including through compliance with food safety and other SPS enhanced.

2.2.1. Number of SMEs trained in undertaking grading/sorting and processing

ZERO

Marginally 200 SMEs, in each targeted value chain, trained in grading/sorting and processing of products. Overall target is 2,800.

2.2.2. Number of Training manuals in value addition including grading, processing product

ZERO

12 training manuals will be designed and developed for SMEs for value addition including grading, sorting and processing of products.

2.2.3. Number of SMEs supported to comply with food safety and other SPS measures (by gender)

ZERO

Total 200 SMEs (160 men and 40 women) will be supported through coaching (and setting incubation centers to comply with food safety and other SPS measures

2.2.4. Number of step-by-step guides on SPS compliance developed

ZERO

Eight numbers step by step guidelines on SPS compliance will be developed for SMEs.

Output 2.3: (Agribusiness services) Capacities of agribusiness and environmental technology services providers (ABSP) to support SMEs strengthened.

2.3.1. Number of Public and private ABSPs whose capacities to provide technical support and advisory services have been upgraded (by province)

ZERO

 

40 ABSPs (25 Sindh and 15 Balochistan)*

2.3.2. Number of SMEs supported in provision of agriculture extension services (by type of service, gender, and province)

 

ZERO

400 SMEs (250 production, 75 value addition, 75 postharvest, 300 men, 80 women, 200 Sindh and 200  Balochistan)*

2.3.3. Number of Capacity building tools on support services designed and adapted for SMEs (by province)

ZERO

10 capacity building tools*

2.3.4. Number of Women working in public and private ABSPs supported to improve their service delivery to rural women farmers in target sectors

ZERO (none of the ABSP confirmed employment of women with their entities)

320 women*

Output 2.4: (Rural Women Empowerment) Rural women supported to engage in economic opportunities in agricultural production and value addition in selected value chains.

2.4.1. Number of Partner institutions and Business Support Organizations (BSOs) supported to improve their services to women entrepreneurs (Includes Village Organisations and Local Support Organisations) on connections to market, entrepreneurial skills and access to finance (by province)

ZERO

Total 10 Partner institutions and BSOs supported (Sindh; 5, Balochistan; 5 Partner institutions and BSOs)

2.4.2. Number of Rural women entrepreneurs supported to improve their products’ quality, productivity and value addition (by province)

ZERO

800 rural women entrepreneurs supported (Sindh 400, Balochistan 400)

2.4.3. Number of Rural women entrepreneurs supported to improve their access to buyers and markets (by province)

ZERO

300 rural women entrepreneurs supported (Sindh 150, Balochistan 150

Output 2.5: (Flood contingency plan) Farmers affected by flood received input support through contingency fund.

2.5.1. Amount of wheat seeds distributed through the contingency plan

ZERO

TBD

2.5.2. Number of people receiving inputs with EU funding through the contingency plan in Pishin, Zhob, Panjgur and District Kech (disaggregated by gender).

ZERO

TBD

Output 3.1: (Farmers and business management and marketing) Business Management,  Marketing linkages, Capacities of farmers organisation in selected value chain enhance.

3.1.1. Number of Farmer organizations capacitated in undertaking improved marketing and business management practices (by Province)

ZERO

300 farmer organizations capacitated (200 in Sindh and 100 in Balochistan)

3.1.2. Number of Women/men from producers’ groups and public services participating in exposure visits (by Province).

ZERO

3,000 individuals: 2,000 from Sindh; and 1,000 from Balochistan.

3.1.3. Number of Matchmaking Events organized (by Province)

ZERO

20 matchmaking events (10 in Sindh and 10 in Balochistan)

Output 3.2: (Agribusiness management and marketing) Business management, marketing, marketing linkage capacities of agribusinesses in selected value chain enhanced.

3.2.1. Number of Agribusinesses assisted with training on business management, marketing, brandings and designing outreach programs platforms and contract farming /outsourcing

ZERO

120 trainings (10 per value chain cluster).

3.2.2. Number of Agreement established with lead firms in selected value chains for collaborations and participation

ZERO

50 agreements between lead firms and small-scale entities.

3.2.3. Number of Feasibility studies developed for public private partnerships (PPP) and common facilities

ZERO (since no common facilities were developed as such no feasibility study was developed)

24 ffeasibility studies (on average 2 for each value chains)

Output 3.3: (Agro- Entrepreneurship) Agro Entrepreneurship Skills of new entrants FMCS and SMEs Enhanced.

3.3.1. Number of Agro entrepreneurs receiving incubation and accelerator support to develop their business by gender

ZERO

100 agro entrepreneurs (Men 80% and Women 20%)*

3.3.2. Number of Small-scale farmers receiving Agro entrepreneurship trainings and support services (by gender)

ZERO

700 small scale farmers (Men 70% and Women 30%)* .

OUTPUT 3.4 (Market Information) Provision of market information to SMEs reinforced.

3.4.1 Number of SMEs, including primary producers, trained on the agricultural market information system for knowledge-based decision making.

ZERO (as the training program is yet to be launched by GRASP)

1,000 SMEs

3.4.2. Number of awareness campaigns regarding the system

ZERO

20 awareness campaigns

Output 3.5: (Access to Finance /institution) Appropriate financial solution designed and mobilized for SMEs.

3.5.1. Number of Financial Institutions (FIs) (banks, MFBs and MFIs) assisted to develop appropriate products and services for SMEs

ZERO

20 FIs assisted/linked to extend credit to SMEs. Only 3 new products are targeted to be developed as banks under SBP has vast range of products under value chain, SME, Livestock, and agriculture financing.

3.5.2. Amount in USD provided through matching grants to eligible SMEs

ZERO

USD 5 million matching grants will be offered to select SMEs of targeted value chains.

3.5.3. Number of FIs assisted to provide credit guarantee schemes

ZERO (None of the FIs were assisted by GRASP to provide credit guarantee schemes at the time of survey)

5 FIs assisted

3.5.4. Number of FIs with whom collaboration has been made for offering financing for SMEs including environmentally sustainable technologies

ZERO (since no collaboration has been made at the time of survey)

2 FIs assisted

3.5.5. Percentage of Matching grants schemes provided in combination with technical assistance for green technologies

ZERO

30% matching grants schemes

Out Put 3.6 (Access to Finance / SMEs) Credit worthiness and access to funding of SMEs Improved.

3.6.1. Number of SMEs supported to improve financial literacy and business

ZERO

500 SMEs

3.6.2. Number of SMEs linked to relevant funding sources (by gender of owner)

ZERO (SMEs yet to be selected under GRASP)

 

200 SMEs (150 Men and 50 women entrepreneurs)

3.6.3. Number of SMEs provided with matching grants in combinations with lending (by gender or owner)

ZERO

50 SMEs (30 Men and 20 Women entrepreneurs)

3.6.4. Percentage of Targeted SMEs assisted in mobilizing funding

ZERO

30% SMEs

*End of the Project target is proposed by ITC


 



[1] Targets against each output and sub-output are given in the log-fame attached as Annex-II.

[2] Commercially operated SMEs referred to as traders, input suppliers, whole-sellers, processors, retailers, equipment/machinery providers, agr-business support providers, importers and exports etc.     

[3] This number is calculated by ITC using the sum of outputs targets: 300 SMEs trained in marketing and management, 3,000 participants to exposure visits, 140 agribusinesses supported, 700 small scale farmers, 200 SMEs receiving FIs loans and 269 SMEs receiving matching grants.

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