Recruitment of individual consultants to identify the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on food loss in Mali and Sierra Leone

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of individual consultants to identify the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on food loss in Mali and Sierra Leone

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Date published: November 17, 2020

Closing date: December 1, 2020

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CEI No. 18-2020

Background

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The world continues to be confronted by the increasing devastating impacts of COVID-19 on the health and economies of nations at varying levels of vulnerabilities and consequences. In a bid to manage the disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic in West Africa, the Ministers of Agriculture and Food of ECOWAS held a video conference on March 31, 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 and crop pests on Food and Nutrition Security in West Africa. They noted the following economic measures taken in all countries: partial or total containment of populations, limiting the mobility of people, closing borders, closing urban, peri-urban and rural markets that structure the relationship between supply and demand. While acknowledging the positive effects of these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, they also mentioned the initial negative impact on food and nutritional security including price increases for basic necessities, poor access to food for vulnerable people, drastic drop in the marketing of perishable market garden and fruit products, higher transport costs, difficult access to seeds, fertilizers, plant protection products etc.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is collaborating with  CORAF to undertake a study on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on food loss in Mali and Sierra Leone. The work is intended to identify the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on food loss and subsequently provide evidence-based policy recommendations.

The Executive Director of CORAF invites candidates  with the required qualifications indicated in the terms of reference to express their interest in this call and indicating the country by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org not later than 27.11.2020 at 17.00 GMT. Selection will be based on the rules contained in the CORAF Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual. Interested candidates can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat via   Pauline Ngandoul DIOUF: p.diouf@coraf.org.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director