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Consultancy Opportunity

Research on Women in Agriculture in Lower Mekong river Basin Region  

Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification in the Lower Mekong river Basin countries (SEMIL-SRI-LMB) is a sixty-month European Union funded project led by the Asian Institute of Technology along with its partners including Oxfam and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project associates are the SRI-Rice Centre of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) in the US, and the University of Queensland in Australia. The project is implemented in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It seeks to contribute to maintaining food security, generating income and enhancing resilience of rain-fed smallholder farmers of the Lower Mekong Region (LMB) confronting climate change.

With this background, the SEMIL-SRI-LMB project is commissioning a more in-depth regional study on Women in Agriculture, building on project experience and other learning in the region. As the project focuses primarily on rice-based agriculture and introduction of SRI as a means to increase productivity, incomes and women’s status, the study will particularly seek to elucidate issues affecting women rice farmers and labourers from the policy arena to household level and how these represent opportunities or constraints to adoption and adaptation of productivity-enhancing innovations like SRI.

We are seeking a consulting agency or consultant with at least 15 years or more demonstrable research experience in the areas of sustainable development, agricultural and rural development, land management, land use planning. Comprehensive understanding of economic, political, institutional and technical issues related to sustainable development and its association to food security, sustainable livelihood of smallholder farmers, agriculture labourers and landless people in LMB countries.

The consultancy will be hosted at the Oxfam Office in Phnom Penh. Institutions and Individuals are invited to submit competitive tenders not exceeding USD 25,000. To request the Terms of Reference for this consultancy, please write to [email protected], quoting “Research on Women in Agriculture in LMB countries”. Deadline for submission of tender is June 15th, 2017.