The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity (BAA) is a five-year project of USAID working to improve nutrition through growth in the aquaculture sector.  BAA works in 21 districts of southwestern Bangladesh and two districts in the southeast.
In Bangladesh total fish production has increased six-fold in the last three decades, and the country in now the second largest producer in the world.
The small-scale fisheries sector, however, suffers from serious post-harvest losses due to serious flaws in the path from pond to plate.  From harvest to retail distribution, about 28% of fish lose 60-70% of their freshness before they reach consumers.  There have been improvements in packaging technology in recent years, but much needs to be done.  
Transportation is the challenge, and an end to end cool chain process us needed to preserve quality.  The current system of ice houses is outdated and a major change fish handling processes and behavior are required to improve the system from dumping of fish on the ground and generally unhygienic conditions in packing areas to poor ice quality and loading and unloading and more. 
BAA is looking for industry leading proposals to address the icing, packaging, transportation, and behavioral constraints to quality fish transport.  We would like to see a solid business solution which improves packaging and cool chain management to the farmed fish sector.
The successful applicant will present a commercially & technically viable and socially acceptable business model which engages fish farmers, traders, transporters, icing, and packaging service providers.
Scope of work
The partner selected will develop a multi-stakeholder consortium of packaging (for dedicated fish packaging), transport (ensuring on-time and quality delivery), traders (for ensuring hygienic practices and resolve malpractices), and direct engagement to bring an improved vertical supply chain into being. 
Key Deliverables
  • A detailed commercially viable business strategy of packaging and cool chain management of fish
  • A realistic and specific plan for procurement, icing, packaging, transportation, warehousing/storing, and distribution of fish from farm to fork
  • A clear business plan to ensure the sustainability of the business
  • Reporting and documentation as per contract requirements
Who can apply?
Only qualified applicants should apply. "Qualified" means an established organization that has proven and significant experience in dealing with packaging and cool chain management of fish.
Applicants should understand that this is not an offer to hire their services, but rather this is intended to be a partnership. This means that
(A) 50% of co-investment will be an important consideration in making this award, and 
(B) This activity is intended to be the catalyst for continued work without additional outside support.
Required documentation
If selected for the grant, the partner will be required to show:
  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license);
  • Joint-stock registration certificate (if applicable);
  • An organizational organogram of key personnel, inclusive of the names of such personnel;
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN);
  • VAT registration number;
  • Proof of a segregated account (providing the name and address of such an account);
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions).
  • The consulting firm must bear all annual income tax (AIT).
  • The percentage of VAT and the total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal.
Submission details
Interested parties should submit a one-page inquiry on the attached form on or before February 28, 2021, either online or via email to mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.