Development of sustainable and inclusive product value chains non-timber forestry in the Nakambé and Niger basins in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a country that is experiencing a strong degradation of its natural ecosystems due to the climate change but also from human actions. Population growth is helping, pressure is increasing on these ecosystems, which are essential for the survival of populations Sahelian countries. To support the growing needs of the population and move towards self-sufficiency In the case of food, new arable land has to be found and this is often at the expense of land cover. This leads to soil erosion and desertification.
Over 30% of the national territory is affected by land degradation. Every year, new degraded and if nothing is done to reverse the trend, there will soon be no more land available for agriculture. This will affect 80% of the population whose main activities remain agriculture and livestock farming.
Burkina Faso by ratifying the 3 Rio conventions (biodiversity, climate change, fight against desertification), has also made commitments (Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)...).
Beyond these commitments, there are initiatives at continental and national level to contribute to combating desertification and improving the resilience of communities in the Sahel (such as the Great Green Wall initiative for the Sahel and Sahara).
Enabel through its Thematic Portfolio Climate in the Sahel (PTCS) - Burkina Faso component would like to contribute to the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the the country's various climate commitments (NDCs and NDTs) as well as the pillars of the Great Wall Green in Burkina. The overall objective of the Burkina Faso component of the PTCS, of which this call for proposals is a part, is improve integrated natural resource management and restore ecosystems in a sustainable way of the sahel in the fight against desertification and the negative consequences of climate change to strengthen the resilience of the population of the Sahel who live in difficult circumstances. vulnerable people in 13 communes1 in the Centre-North, Central Plateau and Centre-East regions.
1.2 OBJECTIVES OF THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND EXPECTED RESULTS
The general objective of this call for proposals is to improve the integrated management of natural resources and restore natural ecosystems in the Sahel in a sustainable manner in order to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations to climate change. The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals are :
1: Improve the competitiveness of NTFP value chains and contribute to employment creation; Specific objective
2: Improve participatory and sustainable management of forest resources by grassroots communities.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate the contribution of the proposals to the following changes
- Professionalization of cooperatives or micro enterprises operating in the different links of the NTFP value chains;
- Development of a sustainable and remunerative NTFP market for the benefit of stakeholders in the intervention zone;
- Obtaining credit from financial institutions by actors in the different links of the NTFP value chain;
- Capacity of youth and women to seize and consolidate emerging opportunities in NTFP value chains;
- Improved maintenance, preservation and regeneration of NTFP resources;
- Sustainable exploitation of NTFPs by communities living near forest resources with the support of local authorities;
- Application of decent work principles and practices in the different links of the value chain. In coordination with the contracting authority, applicants will contribute to the reporting of performance indicators related to
- Perception of socio-economic changes by direct beneficiaries (improved income, improved working conditions, improved resilience to CC, etc.);
- Areas under conservation, restoration or sustainable land management (number of ha) ;
- Number of people directly or indirectly supported in their fight against climate change ;
- Number of nutrient gardens established ;
- Number of local economic micro-initiatives in the NTFP sector supported; - Net number of additional decent jobs created.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 600.000. The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to allocate all the funds available. Any request for a grant under this call for proposals must fall within the following minimum and maximum amounts: Minimum amount: EUR 550 000 Maximum amount: EUR 600 000
Applicant (1) In order to be eligible for subsidies, the applicant must meet the following conditions
- Be a legal person ;
- Be a private not-for-profit actor or a legal person under private law whose primary objective is not profit maximisation;
- Be a specific type of organisation such as: Association, foundation, non-governmental organisation (national or international);
- Be established or represented in Burkina Faso;
- Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s)) and not act as an intermediary;
- Have a mandate or mission in line with the purpose of this call for proposals;
- At least 5 years of experience in forest resource governance and the development of inclusive and sustainable NTFP value chains;
- Proof of previous experience with an international donor in relation to the theme of this call (non-timber forest products, forest resource governance);
- Have already managed a grant equivalent to 50% of the amount requested (a certificate of completion signed by the funder is required as proof);
- Have financial statements certified by an independent body (auditor or statutory auditors).
These statements may not be older than 2 years. The applicant may act either individually or with one or more co-applicants. (2) The potential applicant may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if he/she is in one of the exclusion situations described in Annex VII of the model grant agreement provided in Annex E to these guidelines.