Lot 1 Rural Sector Programming and Project Preparation under EC Framework Contract for Rural Development and Food Security

Location: Asia; UK/Europe; Africa; Latin America; Middle East

Cardno led a consortium of European companies that provided consulting services worldwide under the EuropeAid Framework Contract for Rural Development and Food Security (ACP, Asia, Latin America, Meda, Tacis and Phare regions) for contracts up to €200,000 each. 
The nine-and-a-half-year, €12,557,752 contract required delivery of short-term consultancy and technical assistance services, such as sector studies, project identification, preparation, appraisal, mid-term reviews, final evaluations, tender evaluation and special technical assistance to projects in implementation.
Project programming, reviews and project/programme monitoring and evaluations activities were some of the key services Cardno delivered. Short and medium-term technical assistance was directed to institutional strengthening activities for government ministries, departments and institutions, in particular to those responsible for agriculture, rural development, food security and agri-food production, agri-business support and forestry. In addition, capacity building activities, advice, and guidance were delivered to beneficiaries.
Cardno coordinated the activities of the consortium, prepared and submitted responses to all requests from the EC, supervised the mobilisation of the consultants and provided backstopping and quality control. Over the life of the contract, the consortium completed 187 missions in 80 countries.