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Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA)




CASA is a five-year programme (2019-2024) funded by FCDO to increase economic opportunities for smallholder farmers by demonstrating the commercial viability of businesses with significant smallholder supply chains, and by attracting more investment into the sector. Components A and C are implemented by a consortium led by NIRAS International, in partnership with Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and Swisscontact.

Component A focuses on catalytic interventions in the agriculture sectors of Malawi, Nepal (and until recently, Uganda) to support agribusiness SMEs to prepare for and secure investment and to bring more, poorer smallholders into commercial markets. A key element of the anticipated intervention portfolio is to support target SMEs to become attractive investment propositions, while strengthening aggregation and access to commercial markets and linkages at producer group level. On inputs, we endeavor to collaborate with development partners implementing related programmes, but may intervene where this is not an option as we find that working on inputs is crucial to CASA’s success in the relevant sectors.

Component C operates at a global level, where the programme is designed to work with larger agribusinesses to deepen their smallholder supply chains and engage more constructively with local communities. Component C is also designed to undertake evidence generation and learning activities. These bring together the experience from across FCDO’s and other concessional finance providers’ commercial agriculture programmes and research, in order to shape the debate on smallholder agriculture and influence the approaches of investors, donors and governments.

In the last one year, CASA has been working with agribusiness SMES and producer organisations in poultry & aquaculture sectors in Malawi. The project aims at crowding-in more smallholder farmers into formal supply chains through improved produce aggregation and at the same time, providing technical assistance to SMEs to attract investment from third party sources/commercial lenders.

2. Objectives of the outcome assessment

  1. To assess the extent to which the technical assistance provided by CASA’s partners to smallholder farmers in their supply chain has contributed to changes in production systems, produce handling and net attributable incomes.
  1. Assess whether there are improved commercial relationships between smallholder farmers, producer organisations and agri-SMEs as a result of increased produce sourcing and aggregation.
  1. To determine the extent to which the promoted technologies and practices have resulted to increment in produce aggregation and reduction in post-harvest losses.
  1. Assess the extent to which smallholder farmers receiving technical assistance through CASA’s partners have adopted climate smart/regenerative agricultural practices or nature based solutions as a means to enhancing households’ resilience and improving adaptive capacity to climate change.
  2. Draw out successes and challenges encountered across the different interventions and provide an array of lessons learnt to improve implementation of new/on-going projects.

Detailed Terms of Reference can be obtained from Rhodia Chadzunda on   [email protected] .

Application Guidelines

Detailed technical and financial proposals to be submitted to  [email protected]  ; cc;  [email protected]   and  [email protected]  not later than  19th November 2021.

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