Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: APPLY NOW – Initiative for Climate Smart Supply Chains

Is your company or organisation ready to take action to fight climate change? Do you have great ideas on how to make your supply chains from shelf to field more resilient and climate-friendly?

Then join forces with partners along the supply chain and let innovative ideas grow.

Together we can! Stop Climate Change!

Submit your project concepts for the Initiative 4 Climate Smart Supply Chains until June 20th 2022.  

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For more information DOWNLOAD the Call for Proposals (PDF) summarizing all key facts around the Initiative.

If you have any questions, please contact us at i4c(at)giz.de

Initiative 4 Climate Smart Supply Chains

With extreme temperatures and rainfalls, climate change is increasingly affecting agriculture: less growth, lower yields, more pests. Especially smallholder families in the global south, whose livelihoods depend on harvests, are struggling with these challenges. This is also felt by companies that purchase agricultural products. Hence, global companies are increasingly engaging in climate risk management measures to enable secure sourcing.

At the same time, agricultural supply chains, especially in commodity production, are a major cause of climate change: about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions result from food systems and agriculture. Unsustainable farming practices or deforestation play a central role here.

Agricultural supply chains provide the livelihoods for many hundreds of millions of smallholder families. Cooperation among the actors along the supply chain from shelf to field is therefore key to achieving international development goals.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ Global Programme ‘Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains’ is launching the Initiative For Climate Smart Supply Chains (I4C) to engage actors along the agricultural supply chain to jointly implement projects fighting climate change and promoting Just Transition.

For more detailed information DOWNLOAD the Call for Proposal (PDF) or find an overview of the key facts below.

The Call for Proposals

The I4C is a Call for Proposals for business-led Consortia aiming to make global supply chains from shelf to field climate smart

We invite companies and organisations along agricultural supply chains to apply with their joint project concepts that meet the criteria as defined in the Call for Proposals

It particularly targets companies from the consumer and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. This includes the sectors i) food and nutrition ii) clothing and textiles (cotton products) and footwear iii) cosmetics and personal care iv) detergents and cleaning products.What is the scope of each project?Who can apply?Why to apply?How will proposals be selected?What is the process and timeline?What are FAQs?How to apply?

Form a project team and pitch your green ideas!

At the time of application, a full project proposal is not yet required. The pre-selected Consortia will further develop their concepts with the support of GIZ. Several winning Consortia may be selected. The winning Consortia will be responsible for the implementation of the final project proposals. 

Please find an overview below and see the Call for Proposals (PDF DOWNLOAD) for additional guidance.

What is the scope of each project? 

We are looking for innovative holistic agricultural supply chain approaches that contribute to the transformation of global food and land use systems against the backdrop of advancing climate change. Initiating positive change from production to consumption. 

Submit project concepts fostering climate action in agricultural supply chains meeting the following requirements

Action areas

All projects must clearly linked to the national climate targets – Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)/ National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) – in the agricultural sector of the implementing Partner Country/ies. 

All projects must contribute to at least two of the following action areas:

Targeted agricultural supply chains

Multiple-commodity projects are welcome. The project must focus on at least one of the following agricultural supply chains:

Geographic focus

Target countries must be among the BMZ Partner Countries listed under Bilateral Partners, Reform Partners and Global Partners. Implementation of the activities must be in one or more of the specified Partner Countries.

Achieving impact

The beneficiaries of the project are smallholder families and/or other stakeholders working along the selected agricultural supply chains in the specified Partner Country/ies.

All projects must contribute to the overall objective of promoting climate protection and climate change adaptation. Hence, all projects must contribute to indicator 3 ‘Capacity building’ and at least two of the specified indicators below.Indicators – more information

Duration

All projects must have a duration of 1.5 to 3 years, ready to start implementation in December 2022.

Project Volume

The total volume of the project is between 2 and 3 million euros (including the below-mentioned own contribution).

The Consortium makes an own contribution of at least and preferably more than 50% of the total volume. Own contributions can be made financially and/or in-kind (e.g., by assigning own personnel). A higher share of the Consortium in the total volume is evaluated positively.

The International Company’s own contribution to the Consortium’s share (not the total project volume!) should be at least and preferably more than 40%. If more than one International Company is part of the Consortium, they can share the requirement of a contribution of at least 40% to the total share of the Consortium.

Who can apply?

Join forces! It’s teamwork.  

Any applying Consortium shall consist of at least two Consortium partners, including:

  • at least one of the Consortium partners is an International Company,
  • at least one of the Consortium partners is a Local Entity in each Partner Country and
  • optionally, one or more International Associationsmay participate as further Consortium partners.

The Consortium does not need to be formalized via an agreement.Criteria to qualify as ‘International Company’

  • Any commercial company, partnership or other entity established in the EU, or any other country not listed in the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients,
  • active in the trade, processing and/or procurement of the specified agricultural supply chains,
  • at least EUR 1,000,000 annual turnover,
  • at least eight employees, and
  • sufficient financial stability and liquidity to provide the necessary own contribution.

Criteria to qualify as ‘Local Entity’

  • Any company, partnership, association, cooperative, foundation, organisation, research institution or NGO with
  • head office or major part of activities in one or more Partner Countries.

Criteria to qualify as ‘International Association’

  • Any association, organisation, partnership, cooperative, foundation, research institution NGO or companies not falling under ‘International Company’, active in the field of international development cooperation or having an international focus with
  • head office in the EU or any other country not listed in the OECD DAC List of ODA recipients.

Why to apply?

Get support for climate action! On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) GIZ is awarding up to 50% of total funding to the best-placed projects and supports them in their realisation.

Take responsibility! While attractive part-financing and project assistance for good is offered, projects will be developed and implemented by the winner Consortia.Contract for winners

Depending on the proposed project concept and composition of the Consortium, GIZ will conclude (i) a cooperation agreement with the selected Consortium and (ii) a grant agreement to channel GIZ’s financial contribution to the project.

The contracting party of such grant agreement will be either a Local Entity or an International Association. Additional Consortium members (Local Entity/ies and/or International Association/s) who should also receive financial contributions may be integrated in the grant agreement as sub-recipients.

The International Company shall not receive any financial support or other benefit from GIZ, nor will GIZ place any order with the International Company in the context of the selected project.

How will proposals be selected?

The following criteria will be used for the pre-selection:

What is the process and timeline?

The Call for Proposals will be open from May 16th 2022 for five weeks. It is a two-step procedure. Pre-selected projects will finalize their concepts into a full project proposal in July 2022. Final selection will be announced by end-August 2022.

A virtual Q&A session organised by the GP AgriChains will be offered on Tuesday, May 24th 2022 at 14:00 CEST to clarify any open questions. To register for the Q&A session, please send an e-mail to i4c(at)giz.de.Process – more information

Pre-selection: A selection committee consisting of members of BMZ, GIZ and climate change/agriculture experts from academia and practice, will shortlist up to eight Consortia based on the pre-selection criteria.

Project development:The pre-selected Consortia will then have five weeks to elaborate their concepts into a full project proposal. The GP AgriChains will offer an equal amount of support, e.g. on administrative requirements, to all Consortia.

Final selection:The Consortia will submit the full project proposal and present their projects to the selection committee. The final decision will be taken by the selection committee based on pre-announced final selection criteria. Awardees shall be informed by e-mail about ten days after the presentation.

Conclusion of contract: The aim is to finally select up to five Consortia. GIZ will conclude a cooperation agreement with each of such five Consortia and a grant agreement with the respective Local Entity or International Association participating in the respective Consortium.Additional terms and conditions

  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with headquarters in Eschborn and Bonn, Germany, (“GIZ”) is the organiser of I4C.
  • Participation in this Call for Proposals does not constitute an entitlement to conclude a contract with GIZ nor to receive any financial contribution from GIZ.
  • GIZ reserves the right to exclude participants who provide false or incomplete information. In such a case, it is also possible that financial contribution by GIZ may be subsequently withdrawn. GIZ will ask for a statement in case of suspicion. If this remains unanswered, GIZ reserves the right to exclude the participant from the Call for Proposals.
  • If a selected Consortium does not take advantage of the financial contribution, GIZ reserves the right to decide at its own discretion what to do with the financial contribution.
  • GIZ reserves the right to react transparently to unforeseen circumstances by changing or cancelling the Call for Proposals, especially in the event of manipulation or if the execution of the Call for Proposals is endangered.
  • Should any clause of these terms and conditions be invalid, the validity of the remaining terms and conditions shall remain unaffected.
  • Recourse to the courts is not permitted.

What are FAQs?

Project conceptWhat is covered under the targeted agricultural supply chains ‘spices’?

The project can focus on the agricultural supply chain of spices, however not herbs. All agricultural commodities that count as spices are accepted. This includes, for example, vanilla, rooibos, cardamom, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and ginger.Can a project focus on multiple-commodities and/or various Partner Countries?

All projects must focus on at least one of the specified agricultural supply chains in at least one or more of the specified Partner Countries.

Hence, it is possible, for example:

  • The project focuses on one commodity in one Partner Country.
  • The project focuses on multiple commodities in one Partner Country.
  • The project focuses on one commodity in several Partner Countries.
  • The project focuses on multiple commodities in several Partner Countries.

If several Partner Countries are addressed or a regional approach stretching across several Partner Countries is proposed, the time and financial resources must be planned appropriately.

Further, if more than one International Company applies in a multiple-commodity project, the selected agricultural supply chains must be covered by at least one International Company that is active in the trade, processing and/or procurement in all the speci­fied agricultural supply chains.Can the project also focus on an agricultural commodity that is not among the specified targeted agricultural supply chains?

The project must focus on at least one of the specified targeted agricultural supply chains. The beneficiaries of the project are smallholder farmers, workers and/or other stakeholders in one or more of the specified Partner Countries working at least along one of the specified agricultural supply chains.

Only selected activities that target the above defined beneficiaries regarding income diversification may include additional other agricultural commodities that are not among the specified targeted agricultural supply chains. However, the primary focus must be on one or several of the agricultural supply chains as specified in the Call for Proposals.Who are the beneficiaries of the proposed projects?

The beneficiaries of the project must be smallholder farmers, workers and/or other stakeholders in one or more of the specified Partner Countries working at least along one of the specified agricultural supply chains.Can the project target beneficiaries who are already financed or supported by GIZ, but not on climate smart activities?

The project can target beneficiaries who are already financed or supported by GIZ or others, if the activities proposed are not yet financed or supported by GIZ or any other party.What is the difference between the Partner Countries classified as Bilateral Partners, Reform Partners, and Global Partners? Does it have any implication?

The Call for Proposals includes all BMZ Partner Countries classified as Bilateral Partners, Reform Partners and Global Partners. These are BMZ categories of partnerships. However, the different categories are not relevant for the proposed projects. Implementation of the activities must be in one or more of the BMZ Partner Countries, regardless of the three categories.Are proposals accepted that are purely applied research or analytical in nature?

No, it is not possible to apply with a project exclusively on research.ConsortiumCan an organisation such as an NGO or company apply individually or only in a Consortium?

It is not possible to apply individuallyOnly in a Consortium that fulfils the Call for Proposals criteria (see ‘Who can apply’ in the Call for Proposals).Can more than one International Company participate in one Consortium?

Yes, it is possible that more than one International Company participate in a Consortium, if at least one Local Entity in each Partner Country is also included.

Any applying Consortium shall consist of at least two Consortium partners, including:

  • at least one of the Consortium partners is an International Company,
  • at least one of the Consortium partners is a Local Entity in each Partner Country and
  • optionally, one or more International Associations may participate as further Consortium partners.

The participating International Companies can also share the minimum requirement of 40% share of the Consortium’s own contribution. Does the ‘International Company’ have to be established or have headquarters in the EU? Or can the ‘International Company’ be based in the US?

The International Company must be established in the EU, or any other country not listed in the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients. Hence, the International Company can also be based in the US.Can a university apply as a Consortium member? What kind of Consortium member would a university be?

Yes, a university counts as research institution and can either qualify as ‘Local Entity’ if in Partner Countries or ‘International Association’ if in EU or any other country not listed in the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients.‘Business-led Consortium’ – Is it necessary for the international company to lead the Consortium/project? What does ‘business-led’ mean in practical terms since all Consortium members will sign the collaboration agreement?

By ‘business-led’ is meant that an International Company must be a partner of the Consortium and a large part (40%) of the Consortium’s own contribution must be provided by the Internationale Company/ies. The economic partner plays an import role.

Indeed, if the Consortium is selected, all Consortium members will enter into an agreement with GIZ. Each Consortium member will be responsible for its own activities and contributions within the project. The consortium will report to jointly GIZ.

However, how the consortium best coordinates among itself, is left to the individual consortium. There should be one main contact person per Consortium. The Consortium determines who is best suited for the role within the project.

SOURCE https://www.nachhaltige-agrarlieferketten.org/foerderungen/initiative-for-climate-smart-supply-chains/#c1776

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