Small-Scale Aquaculture Investments for Livelihoods and Nutrition (SAIL) in Myanmar is a five-year investment by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to WorldFish to sustain positive aquaculture sector growth through an inclusive market systems approach. This project will provide a means of ensuring the improved availability of diverse, safe, affordable nutrient-rich foods, especially for women and young children from poor and vulnerable households. The Activity will stimulate aquaculture sector growth, increase employment and income, and improve food and nutrition security for households. It will serve a facilitating role by coordinating linkages among the value chain actors in the private, public and civil society sector of Myanmar.
Goal and Objectives
The goal of the Activity is to achieve inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market systems approach. Specific objectives are:
Increasing aquaculture production through strategic activities including improved land and water use, increased access to high quality inputs (feed, seed and equipment), capacity development and research into production, and access to credit.
Developing Market-based System Approaches (MSA) further and utilize those to increase access to food safe fish and fish products by poor people, and ensure that market systems function more effectively, sustainably and to the benefit of the poor.
Deliver enhanced nutrition and WASH practices via social behavior change communication (SBCC) and developing capacities into the production, processing and consumption of food safe aquaculture and other fish-based products.
- 30,000 men, women and youth in Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Southern Shan, Easter Shan and Sagaing have improved income from aquaculture.
- Increased access to market related to inputs and services (e.g. seed, feed, production/market-related information, technologies etc.).
- 30 percent increase in productivity from ponds and rice-fish farming systems.
- 25 percent increase in the number of households adopting improved nutritional practices (consumption of nutritious food, dietary diversity and hygiene practices).
Intermediate Results (IR)
IR 1: Small-scale aquaculture production increased by improved land and water use, increased access to high quality inputs, access to credit. Water security modelling climate impacts on water availability and timing.
Sub IR 1.1 Improved land tenure and access to water in addition to use of productive inputs and information necessary to engage in commercial aquaculture production
Sub IR 1.2 Improved natural resource management practices for fish, rice-fish and rice-crustacean systems
Sub IR 1.3 Credit and financial instruments targeting smallholder aquaculture producers and processors introduced and further developed.
Sub IR 1.4. Increased access to fish seed through strengthening linkages between private sector operatives
Sub IR 1.5 Increased feed ingredient production by smallholders and improved quality of feed in liaison with international companies with testing facilities
Sub IR 1.6 MFF institutional analysis leads to improved liaison with government and natural resource management practices
IR 2: Market-based approaches utilized to increase access to domestic markets and ensure consistent supply of food safe fish and fish products
Sub IR 2.1 More clustered production using BAPs to improve direct marketability of products. Linked with MoALI efforts under ADS pillar 2 (production), Outcome 2.8, Output 220.127.116.11
SUB-IR 2.2: Capacity developed for education and research into production and processing of aquaculture product
IR 3: Enhanced nutrition and WASH practices delivered via SBCC, as well as capacity developed and research into production, processing and consumption of food safe
SUB-IR 3.1: Improved nutrition awareness and WASH practices
SUB-IR 3.2: Improved access to diverse, safe and nutritious food
Sub IR: 3.3 Nutrition education and behaviour change communication activities to increase fish consumption by infants, young children and women of reproductive-age
The Activity will apply an inclusive market systems approach to implement interventions through organizations and private sector entities to reach smallholder farmers. It will facilitate rather than directly delivering aquaculture interventions, hence transferring ownership to the private sector companies and organizations. The approach will be to analyze the present context, identify the problems and underlying root causes of poorly functioning markets, seek solutions with and by the private sector and organizations. The Activity will identify rationales for investment, and use partnerships and grants to leverage co-investment by the private sector. It will focus on seeking sustainability from the beginning by building the capacity and resilience of local systems so that the interventions continue beyond the Activity lifecycle. It will adapt to changing contexts through collaboration, review, learning and reflection. The Activity will stimulate innovations, competitiveness and transformative changes.
Aquaculture Business Promotion Announcement (ABPA)
The Activity is launching a first ABPA to private sector companies and organizations interested in submitting an application on ideas/concepts that would address key constraints associated with small-scale aquaculture and associated businesses in the areas mentioned above that help to achieve the Activity’s objectives of inclusive business and economic growth. The ABPA is a call for proposals and does not constitute a commitment to any private sector company and organization to make any award or to pay for any cost incurred during the business proposal preparation. Following the ABPA launch and the receipt of applications on business ideas/concepts from private sector companies and organizations, the applications will be reviewed by the Review and Evaluation Committee of the Activity against the selection criteria outlined in Table A. Business ideas/concepts that pass the review will be further developed into detailed business proposals with the assistance of the Activity team. This will allow the Activity and private sector companies and organizations to enter into partnership through a sub-grant agreement.
Who can Participate?
The ABPA is open to all private sector companies, INGOs, local NGOs, CBOs legally registered in Myanmar and supplying goods and services to aquaculture value chain actors. Women, health and youth-focused private sector companies and organizations are highly encouraged to apply.
Potential Business Areas
In this first call, the Activity invites applications from interested private sector companies and organizations on innovative business ideas/concepts that respond to one or more of the following challenges.Improve accessibility and availability of quality fish and tilapia seed at the smallholder farmer level, including women and youth, along with technical services on best management practices (BMP).
Improve accessibility and availability of affordable quality fish feed at the farmer level, including women and youth, along with technical services on Better Management Practice (BMP).
Strengthen small-scale business enterprises like fish hatcheries, nurseries and local service providers (LSP)/associations so that entrepreneurs can provide services to smallholder men, women and young fish farmers.
Deliver training package/curriculum and offer technical training for hatchery.
Technicians and technical persons involved in the aquaculture sector or interested in entering the sector.
Introduce a customized financial package for smallholder men and women fish farmers and aquaculture market actors.
Strengthen supply channels for safe fish products (dried, fermented and salted fish).
Create innovative and equitable employment opportunities, particularly for women and youth, in the aquaculture sector. This may include piloting business models that incentivize the private sector to be inclusive of women and youth.
Increase gender-integrated nutrition awareness and practices (consumption of nutritious food, dietary diversity and hygiene practices), and Deliver enhanced nutrition and WASH practices through social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs.
Improve access to diverse and nutritious foods through nutrition-sensitive fish production systems (carp-mola polyculture) along with pond dike cropping and homestead gardening.
Develop and market affordable, nutritious, safe and ready to cook/eat fish and fish products both for the domestic and export market.
Increasing access to information related to aquaculture technologies, human nutrition, WASH practices and market through virtual medias
Duration of Proposed Business Ideas/Concepts
The duration of the proposed business ideas/concepts should be initially for eight months (February to September 2020). The sub-grant can be extended depending on the performance of the private sector companies and organizations, and the prospects of the proposed ideas/concepts.
Maximum Fund For Each Application
WorldFish fund contribution for each application is up to USD 100,000. The final agreement will be negotiated with selected, qualified private sector companies and organizations. This support must contribute to a significant investment that the private sector companies and organizations will make.
Private sector companies and organizations must be registered with relevant government licensing bodies. Non-governmental organization (NGO) applicants must have a valid registration with the NGO Affairs Bureau and or Department of Social Services and at least five years’ experience in similar projects.
Sub-grantees must hold a bank account and should have valid tax registration.
Business proposals by private sector companies and organizations must be relevant to the priority objectives and activities of the project.
Business ideas/concepts must have clear and operational definitions of objectives or milestones, with specific linkages to the project.
Co-investment is encouraged, either in-kind and/or cost share. The source of investment CANNOT come from other US Government funding sources. The cost share percentage will be determined during the development of the detailed business proposal and budget.
Prior experience in aquaculture, small capture fisheries and supply chain management and demonstrated success in capacity building, providing support to smallholder farmers and market linkages of final beneficiaries are preferred.
Private sector companies and organizations should demonstrate capacity in their programming, financial management and organizational capability, e.g. have a functioning management board with competent staff.
Private sector companies and organizations must be willing to provide annual reports including (but not limited to) audited financial reports, human resource and financial manuals/policies, implementation plans, procurement policies, security plans, client lists, staff timesheets etc.
Private sector companies and organizations must be willing and able to enter into a sub-grant arrangement with WorldFish.
Private sector companies and organizations owned by or consisting of women, minority groups and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be given priority.
Business ideas/concepts must comply with environmental mitigation measures required by USAID and the Government of Myanmar.
Business ideas/concepts should be gender and youth responsive and nutrition sensitive.
Selection and Award Process
The Review and Evaluation Committee (REC) will have the primary responsibility for reviewing and selecting grant applications in accordance with the evaluation criteria set by the Activity team. Major steps in the review selection process are as follows:
The Finance and Grants teams will receive all applications along with business ideas/concepts, maintain a database and submit to the REC.
All applications received will be reviewed and scored for completeness and compatibility with the Activity objectives by the REC using the business idea/concept appraisal checklist presented in Table A. The REC comprises representatives from the Activity senior technical and managerial staff and is chaired by the Chief of Party (CoP).
Applicants whose business idea/concept is accepted may undergo a field appraisal, using the checklist presented in Table B. During the field appraisal, the Activity Market Systems and Grants teams will assess each applicant’s technical capacity, financial, HR and procurement management practices. Applicants who require targeted coaching and specific technical or managerial oversight will be given assistance by the Activity’s Market Systems and Grants teams.
Results of field appraisals will be reviewed by the REC. All documents related to the selection, evaluation and decisions regarding sub-grantees will be compiled and preserved by the Grants team.
Applications will be reviewed on responsiveness to the ABPA, appropriateness of subject matter and innovation. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how their proposed business ideas/concepts will contribute to the goal and objectives of the Activity. The technical approach should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and within the given time frame with the proposed resources. The proposal should clearly show that the technical approach is innovative and can facilitate market-driven solutions. Business ideas/concepts will be evaluated based on the following specific criteria:
Announcement of Calls for Proposals
Aquaculture Business Promotion Announcements (ABPAs) are prepared by Activity staff (Market Systems, Finance and Grants team and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team) and approved by the COP. ABPAs will be published through printed and electronic media such as national newspapers, and online job portals, and the WorldFish website.
Submission of Application including Business Idea/Concept
Interested private sector companies and organizations can submit an application either individually or in a consortium. The business idea/concept must be submitted with sufficient information for the REC to understand and make decisions and move forward to co-develop detailed business proposals including budget. In order for applications to be considered for review, applicants must follow the below instructions accurately and completely:
- Application forms including business ideas/concepts should be submitted as e-mail attachments in PDF/Word format indicating ‘WorldFish ABPA’ in the subject line.
- The application must be submitted using the supplied templates in English in size 11, Arial Font with 1.15 line spacing and must include page numbers. Completed application forms should not exceed five (5) pages. Additional documents such as legal documents should be attached.
- Only the applications that pass the business ideas/concepts review will be invited to be developed into detailed business proposals.
- Applicants must use WorldFish templates and answer all questions.
- Deadline for application submission is 31 January 2020 at 5:00 pm (Myanmar time).
Issuance of this ABPA does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of WorldFish, nor does it commit WorldFish to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. WorldFish reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.
 Mohnyin, Mogaung, Waingmaw, Bhamo, Mansi and Mitkyina
 Madaya, Sintgaing, Patheingyi, Myittha, Singu and Mandalay
 Ngape, Myothit, Salin, Seikphyu, Sinbaungwe, Tandwingyi and Pwintbhyu
 Nyaungshwe, Pekon, Nansang, Taunggyi, Loilen and Pinlaung
 Monghpyak, Kengtung, Mongkhet, Tachileik and Mongton
 Shwebo, Khin-U, Wetlet, Tigyaing and Kale
Note: The project will not be implemented in all townships in 2020, but the project will cover most of the above townships over the next 5-year.