Consultancy Seed varieties Selection Fertilizer



Recruitment of consultants to compile improved seed and fertilizer recommendations data to update the Fertilizer and Seed Recommendation Map for West Africa


Opening Date: April 2, 2019

Closing Date: April 19, 2019


CEI No. 05-2019

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West Africa (WA) and the Sahel region are home to about 387 million inhabitants, which represents over 5% of the world’s population. The average annual growth rate of the population in WA stands at 2.7% against an annual agricultural productivity growth of less than 2% (CORAF, 2017). Much of the concern over feeding Africa by 2050 relates to the relative slowing down of food production in the face of rapidly growing populations. Food demand is projected to increase, especially in the growing urban centres of West Africa to about 60% to 80%, but agricultural yields are not keeping pace, with gaps estimated to be 75%. As the population grows and fields shrink from generation to generation, farmers must produce more food on less land. As a result, African farmers have faced an inexorable pressure to intensify their production (Jayne et al., 2016).

Intensification of production requires increased use of agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) etc. A multitude of constraints are the cause of the high yield gaps at farm level including increasing land degradation, pests and diseases, climate change, etc. Against this background, poor access and availability of farmer preferred and market-oriented agri-inputs continue to undermine farmers’ efforts towards increased and sustainable agricultural productivity and production. Despite the efforts of stakeholders, the use of agri-inputs remains low with negative consequences on agricultural productivity in West Africa. The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research (CORAF) and the International Fertilizers Development Centre (IFDC) through their respective five-year, regional USAID-funded projects, PAIRED and EnGRAIS, will develop and disseminate agro-input packages, including improved seed, appropriate fertilizer recommendations suitable for the main crops and the different agro-ecological zones of West Africa to contribute to sustainably increasing agricultural productivity. The input packages are being developed together with the private sector, who will following their development promote, market and disseminate them to end users, including producers and agro-business actors (men and women). The specifications for the agro-input packages will also be disseminated through an on-line map.

CORAF and IFDC now invite individual consultants from ECOWAS countries for the mission mentioned above. The two institutions will co-finance related costs through their respective projects. Interested consultants may obtain further information from the respective websites: and Individual consultants will be recruited on a competitive basis according to the rules contained in the Manual of Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures of CORAF.


Required expertise and duration of the consultancy

The study will be conducted by a team of two national experts (a seed expert and a soil scientist-fertility expert). The more experienced consultant will lead the team. The time allocated to the study is 5 to 10 days per consultant. The study will be undertaken from April to May 2019.


General Selection Criteria

At least 10 years of professional experience in one of the required fields and appreciable knowledge in one of the other fields and good knowledge of ground and stakeholders will be an advantage
Proven knowledge of target country agriculture and agro-ecological zones
Proven record in preparing technical agricultural research and development documents
Good understanding of seed/improved seeds and/or soil fertility/fertilizer sectors in target country
Good understanding of seed and/or fertilizer industry in target country
Excellent spoken and written French and/or English

Applications of the individual consultants will be evaluated based on the criteria mentioned above and the preferred consultant for each expert area will be invited for negotiation.

  1. Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) highlighting the execution and experience of similar contracts and a detailed CV.
  2. EoI’s must be submitted by e-mail to the following addresses: and not later than the 19th of April 2019 at 17:00 GMT.
  3. CORAF Executive Secretariat and IFDC reserve the right to accept or reject any or all of the EoI’s or to cancel the EoI process at any stage without explanation and without incurring any liability. For more information, see the attached terms of reference of the mission.


Executive Director of CORAF