|Tender Details :||Tenders are invited for Solar Pump Technology in Small-Scale Irrigation Technology (SSIT) to Smallholder Farmers.
(RFA) for Solar Pump Technology in Small-Scale Irrigation Technology (SSIT) to Smallholder Farmers
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture Feed the Future Hinga Weze Activity
The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is a five-year USAID-funded project (2017-2022) that aims to sustainably increase smallholder farmers- income, improve the nutritional status of women and children, and increase the resilience of Rwanda-s agricultural and food syst
USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity
Request for Applications (RFA) No. 2021-04-41
Solar Pump Technology in Small-Scale Irrigation Technology (SSIT) to Smallholder Farmers
Issuance Date: April 28, 2021
Applicant mobilization campaign: April 26-30, 2021
Deadline for Questions: Friday May 7, 2021
Deadline for Submissions: Friday May 14, 2021
The USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity (Hinga Weze) is releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) to award grants to irrigation-focused cooperatives of smallholder farmers (less than 5 hectares (ha) per farmer) to improve irrigation efficiency through the application of mobile solar-powered pumps to assist farmers to have access to water and increase their yields.
The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grants management policies. Grants will only be awarded to agriculture-based cooperatives or farmer groups located in non-irrigated but fertile lowlands areas. Additional details on eligibility criteria, grant program objectives, and more can be found in the following sections of the RFA:
Section I: Program Description
Section II: Eligibility
Section III: Application Submission Information
Section IV: Evaluation, Selection, and Award Information
Section V: Terms and Conditions
For any questions during the grant application process, please contact the Hinga Weze grants team at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application template is attached to the RFA.
Section I. Program Description
A. ABOUT HINGA WEZE
Hinga Weze is a five-year USAID-funded activity implemented by CNFA. The primary objective of Hinga Weze is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers- income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. The program is comprised of the following three interrelated components:
Component 1: Increasing agricultural productivity
Component 2: Increasing farmers- access to markets
Component 3: Improving nutritional outcome of agriculture interventions
B. GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Access to water for irrigation is a major determinant of agricultural productivity in arid or semi-arid areas where rain is scarce. The stability of yields and household livelihoods are dependent on access to water. Irrigation is often only one of several sources of a household-s income from agricultural activities besides rain-fed cropping and livestock activities.
Productivity of irrigated land may be more than double that of rain-fed land considering other factors. A key constraint faced by smallholder farmers in applying small-scale irrigation technology (SSIT) is the lack of access to capital sources for the intensification of their agricultural activities through irrigation, thus preventing their production increase.
In order to achieve increased resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate component objectives, Hinga Weze plans to provide grants for mobile solar powered pumps that are suitable for smallholder farmers. These are pumps commonly used to pump water from any water source within boreholes, lakes, or rivers/streams and within suction basins in rural areas as an alternative to electrical energy. Unlike electrical energy, mobile solar pumps do not have high costs to operate, nor do they have significant maintenance needs. The pumps are termed â€śmobileâ€ť because farmers are easily able to move them after irrigating a particular area to an adjoining area by trolleys or hands and then re-establish them again in a suitable elevated area with access to water. The pumps should be mobile and easy to transport for 1-2 individuals. It should have all fittings to properly connect or irrigate from a water source.
Hinga Weze is targeting to increase yields of farming households by developing 125 ha with SSIT suitable for smallholder farmers with a focus on four districts (Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma, and Bugesera) in Eastern province that are especially prone to drought. Other districts could be considered on a case-by-case basis.
It is in this regard, on behalf of USAID, that Hinga Weze is soliciting applications under its grant fund to apply for the four types of the mobile solar pumps identified by Hinga Weze to enable smallholder farmers to have access to water and increase their yields.
(2) Grant Activities:
Hinga Weze will award in-kind grants with mobile solar-powered pumps suitable for smallholder farmers located in lowland area in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma, and Bugesera districts.
The following table provides information on targeted district and number of ha:
Area (ha) to be identified
Total area (Ha)
USAID/Hinga Weze has identified the following four types of mobile solar pumps.
Types of pump
Lorentz or equivalent
Lorentz or equivalent
Lorentz or equivalent
0.5HP (373W) solar pump
Ennos Sunlight Pump or equivalent
The three Lorentz pump are not included in the SSIT subsidy program. The identified pumps are light in weight and can give adequate water for irrigation. However, the applicants are invited to propose other suitable types of mobile solar pumps they have identified.
The pumps will be protected by a metallic box with a foldable roof that holds solar panels in line with the pump-s energy capacity. The foldable solar PV panel roof will consist of a number of solar panels pieces respectively. Each trolley will have two or more wheels to support stable, easy movement for farmers to move the assembled pump from one irrigation suction point to another. Farmers will have an option to make the system fixed. To do so, it will require the shelter fence, the suction chamber, and installation of anti-lightening thunder. The mobile pumps will draw water from boreholes that are connected to consistent water source(s) such as rivers/streams or lakes. Each water borehole will be at least 4m by 4m and the number of boreholes will depend on the size of the site.
Hinga Weze grant awards through this RFA will include the following items
Solar Pump (as described below)
Solar PV Panel
Solar PV Panel and their fixing should be foldable solar panels at the top of the pump assembled in the wheeled trolley,
Trolleys in metallic tubes to accommodate assembled solar pump
Trolley assembling tubes 40*40mm, will be used for fabrication of metallic and triangular cage for accommodating assembled surface solar pump.
Wheels for trolley
Each trolley needs two or more wheels to support stable movement for farmers to move assembled pump on wheeled trolley from one irrigation suction point to another.
Pipes, valves and fittings
Needed pipes, valves and fittings to support to have access to water.
Fencing shelter/storage of mobile pumps assembled in wheeled trolley
Fencing of where mobile solar pump will be stored.
Suction borehole/suction chamber
Each suction water borehole should have three points of suction boreholes/suction chamber. Metallic and perforated drum.
Metallic mesh wire
Metallic mesh of 6mm thickness will be used for covering sides of the trolley, protecting pump assembled and fixed inside the wheeled trolley
Installation of irrigation infrastructure
Installation of pipe network connecting to assembled pumps in wheeled trolleys with suction pipe to suction borehole/suction chamber, labor, technical personnel, transport, communication testing, training, commissioning, handover, etc.
Post-harvest and handling supplies
o Agriculture Inputs
To reduce post-harvest losses, fertilizers, seeds for demo plots
Business Plan Training and Coaching
Hinga Weze will provide business plan training for anticipated beneficiaries. Hinga Weze will follow-up during the course of the activities implementation to ensure farmers are properly executing business plan. Workshops will be conducted at sector level due to COVID measures. Anticipated 3 days of business plan development and at least 10 days during activities, per group, for follow-up.
Water Pump Specialist
Cooperative/farmers need to elect one person who will be in charge of maintaining water pump(s). They will give up to five days of their time for proper training of water use and maintenance and repair of the pump/systems.
Anticipated Award Amount: 1,500,000 - 2,500,000 RWF per ha. per grant
Anticipated Period of Performance: 6 months (Starting in June 2020)
(3) Roles and Responsibilities
a. Hinga Weze Responsibilities
Provide solar-powered system (mobile or fixed pumps) to farmers through the grant fund. Hinga Weze will contribute 50% for items which are under Rwanda Agricultur|