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Framework Agreement for Agriculture, Forestry and Environment

ORGUT provides Sida and Swedish Embassies with services such as geographical and thematic analysis, studies of various kind, technical support and advice and capacity development under a framework contract, awarded to ORGUT in 2011 and extended two times (2013 and 2014). Sida and the Embassies identify the assignment in the fields of Agriculture, Forestry, Rural development, Marine-and freshwater resources and Environment and call off ORGUT, as ranked number one for this framework, to implement various assignments up to a value of 1,2 MSEK per assignment. The assignments range from quick one expert inputs up to 2 days to complex and comprehensive assignments carried out by a team composed of experts of different competences and nationalities. ORGUT manages the call offs in a highly effective and timely manner, still assuring high quality of outputs.

ORGUT as lead partner in a consortium counts on 13 partners from a range of countries. By relying mainly on in-house and well-known external consultants of the partners, time for recruitment, deployment and administration is reduced. Additionally, the consortium partners count on large networks of organisations and individuals and have extensive databases including together more than 50 000 experts.

Within the Framework Agreement for Agriculture, Forestry and Environment the ORGUT Consortium provides services such as:

  1. Geographical and/or thematic analysis as inputs into strategy and policy processes;
  2. Thematic/sector studies, feasibility studies, appraisals, technical support and advice to Sida and/or partners in connection with preparation and assessment and during implementation and retrospective follow-up of programmes and projects;
  3. Technical support and expert advice to Sida at global, regional or country level for advocacy, dialogue and negotiations;
  4. Technical support in connection with Sida’s portfolio/thematic analysis, desk studies and production of background documents/papers;
  5. Capacity development including training, development of training material, organising seminars etc for Sida’s cooperation partners and other actors in development cooperation.

The thematic main- and sub-areas within the Framework Agreement include:

  • Agriculture: Crop production for food, feed, fuel and fibre; Animal husbandry and pastoralism; Post-harvest crop processing and storage; Genetic resources (plants and animal); and Agro-forestry.
  • Forestry: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD); and The EU initiative Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
  • Rural development: Rural entrepreneurship including alternative sources of income; and Rural infrastructure.
  • Marine- and fresh water resources: Marine and inland fisheries management including small scale fisheries management and development; and Integrated coastal, including wetlands, management and development.
  • Environment: Environmental management, including climate change risks and biodiversity/ecosystem services.

Included in the main areas above: Food security; Governance, including human rights; Extension/ applied training, education and research; Farmers/producers organisations; Market and trade improvement including value chain improvement; Small scale and/or innovative financing and insurance initiatives; Natural resource tenure including land tenure; Environmental sustainability issues including resilience climate change adaptation and mitigation: and Utilisation and management of natural resources (soil, water, sea etc.).

Up to date the ORGUT Consortium has provided Sida and Swedish Embassies with a variety of services in Africa, Asia and Europé as part of the Framework Agreement. The services have covered numerous studies, reviews and monitoring mission within areas and sectors such as land administration and land investments, food security, agricultural development, forestry, value chain analysis, Business for Development (B4D), Making markets work better for the poor (M4P), rural employment, local democracy and empowerment, rural energy and electrification, environment and climate change, natural resource development, and water and irrigation.

The point of departure for all assignments is a holistic perspective combining technical aspects with financial and institutional/political dimensions while incorporating, whenever relevant, cross-cutting topics such as gender, human rights and democratization, environment and climate change.