RFP invited for Selection of a Consulting Firm for Impact Evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS)

Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW)
Required Skill: 
Last date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Detailed Description

About the Organization

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, a branch of the Government of India, is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws related to agriculture in India. The three broad areas of scope for the Ministry are agriculture, food processing and co-operation. The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) is one of the three constituent Departments of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

About the Project

"Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY)" a sub-component of Soil Health Management(SHM) scheme under National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture(NMSA) aims at development of sustainable models of organic farming through a mix of traditional wisdom and modern science to ensure long term soil fertility build-up, resource conservation and helps in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Objectives of the Scheme:

  • To promote natural resource based integrated and climate resilient sustainable farming systems that ensure maintenance and increase of soil fertility, natural resource conservation, on-farm nutrient recycling and minimize dependence of farmers on external inputs.
  • To reduce cost of agriculture to farmers through sustainable integrated organic farming systems thereby enhancing farmer’s net income per unit of land.
  • To sustainably produce chemical free and nutritious food for human consumption.
  • To protect environment from hazardous inorganic chemicals by adoption of ecofriendly low cost traditional techniques and farmer friendly technologies.
  • To empower farmers through their own institutional development in the form of clusters and groups with capacity to manage production, processing, value addition and certification management.
  • To make farmers entrepreneurs through direct market linkages with local and national markets.

About the tender

It is proposed to conduct the Impact Evaluation of the programme for assessing efficacy and overall performance of the programme implementation during the year 2015-16 onwards in terms of objectives. It is expected that the findings of the study will provide outcome and shortcomings to facilitate corrections, if any, to implement the scheme in subsequent years.

Scope of Work

  • The basic objective of the impact study is to review different components of PKVY and the spread of area under organic agriculture.
  • To examine the design of PKVY scheme in term of planning, stakeholder capacity, implementation challenges, input procurement and distribution activities (cluster formed, trainings, inspection of clusters and certification, input supplied) and output (expansion of area under organic production, types of organic/brands of organic products and market linkages developed)
  • To access the modalities of delivery of the scheme in terms of:-
  • Criteria of the selection of clusters, area, location and its contiguity.
  • To ascertain Implementation of 500-1000 ha Contiguous Cluster size/ patches (as much contiguous as possible) for marketable surplus.
  • Quality of training imparted to farmers (in term of duration & modules), participation of farmers in the meetings/ trainings conducted by local groups as well as Service Providers (SPs) for capacity building and the trainer’s efficiency and eligibility to impart training.
  • Selection procedure of LRP, RCS and other stake holders.
  • Handholding of farmers by Service Provider/RCs.
  • Awareness among farmers about the protocol /methods for preparation of inputs.
  • Maintenance of the records/documents by clusters.
  • Status of PGS portal entries of farmers including all relevant detail by Service Providers/RCs; generation of Scope certificates.
  • Status of input supply including organic seeds, on farm/off farm traditional/ organic inputs provided to the farmers.
  • Status of need based custom hiring centres developed.
  • Strategy adopted for branding & marketing, brand developed so far under PKVY scheme.
  • Monitoring the timely procedure of DBT to farmers and constraints regarding transportation for organic produce. Evaluation of physical and financial progress and outcome of the scheme in targeted areas and their overall impact in improving organic production area coverage and strengthening entire value chain.

The evaluation study should also focus on:

  • Ranking of the states in the context of accomplishing the scheme targets, and also point out logical constraints, if any in implementation of the scheme by the States.
  • Analyzing critically the objectives and components of the schemes and identify bottlenecks and weakness, if any, necessitating a re-look to enhance overall efficiency of the scheme.
  • The Impact evaluation must come out with suggestions, corrective and remedial measures for better implementation of the scheme during subsequent years.


Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Technical Bid

The Agency should be a reputed agency/organization/institution which fulfills the following conditions :-

  • Experience of successfully completing at least 3 evaluation studies of Government schemes in last 5 years ending 31.03.2017.
  • minimum annual turnover of Rs.10 crore during the last 3 financial years (However, the Govt. Research Institutions are exempted from this eligibility condition, and
  • Having qualified and experienced key personnel (doctorate with post doctoral experience of minimum five years in agriculture/soil science and/or allied subjects/statistics/economics).


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