Deadline for Proposal Submission: November 9, 2018
Theme: Replacing Raffia Baskets with Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs): Assessment of the potential socio-economic impact on livelihoods of basket makers in Nigeria.
PLAN Nigeria is a national alliance, led by GAIN and made up of Nigerian stakeholders and actors that seek to decrease PHL/W and reduce malnutrition. PLAN Nigeria’s mission is to tackle malnutrition by increasing the affordability and availability of nutritious foods by reducing postharvest losses of nutrient-dense horticulture crops.
Nigeria was identified as the first local PLAN country due to the high potential for impact and enabling an environment for successful implementation. It is one of 10 countries with the highest burden of malnutrition in the world: 37% stunting, 29% underweight and 18% wasting. The perishable horticulture sector is highly productive, yet it is estimated that postharvest losses and waste are as high as 50%. With the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has a robust and growing agro-industrial private sector that includes agro supply services and technologies, processors, distributors, and grocery chains, but has limited availability of quality private sector postharvest loss solutions. These qualities align with PLAN’s national alliance criteria for high potential for impact and high feasibility of successful implementation.
In its Country Programme Framework for 2012-2017, the Nigerian government set an agenda to reduce postharvest losses by partnering with the private sector, giving priority to food preservation and processing, pest control, and reducing food contaminants and pollutants to assure food safety.
The principal objective of this research is to assess the potential socio-economic impact of replacing raffia baskets with RPCs on the livelihoods of basket makers and related actors and stakeholders in Nigeria. The socio-economic assessment should deliver a persuasive impact report with effective tables, graphs and photos, and video clips where found important for best illustration.
The assessment should be divided into the following tasks:
• Task 1: Literature Review and Methodology Development
• Task 2: Data Collection and Field Survey
• Task 3: Assessment Report and Recommendations
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