Role: Consultant-Assessment, Research, and Documentation Position: Contract Geography to be covered: Assam Duration: 3 months
SELCO Foundation is an open-source research and development organization whose role is to implement solutions to generate learnings that can be replicated in various developing contexts. The agriculture vertical at SELCO Foundation aims to demonstrate how sustainable technological innovations combined with appropriate financial and ownership models can lead to a demonstrable increase in resilience and safety nets for small farmers.
Indian farmers incur loss of INR 92,651 (1) crore per year in post-harvest losses alone, the primary cause of which are poor storage and transportation facilities. Other issues include limited technical know-how on good agricultural practices, lack of market knowledge and inadequate market access. In the absence of proper storage facilities, farmers of perishable commodities such as fruits and vegetables have been rendered devoid of their livelihoods in both the immediate and the long term. Within the agriculture vertical, Agri cooling has emerged as one of the primary priorities for the organization in terms of building replicable and scalable models across different geographies
The project seeks to identify the potential for Agri cooling in the selected geographies. It intends to understand the present infrastructures, gaps and present operation cum business models to derive the scope for technology innovation specific to Agri cold room in order to enable access to more sustainable, reliable, and affordable local infrastructure to the community need.
Detailed demand estimation for point of cooling need established in the value chain for installation of DRE powered cold room on the selected commodity -Cluster of Districtthe mentioned states in NE region.
Identification of existing grid powered cold storages (OR) other traditional technology to preserve the selected commodity and to map the stakeholders involved for each of the current practices identified to develop into a fully functioning value chain.
Map the major Supply chain components and how and map various business and operational models for existing cold storages. Identify the common challenges in different geographies.
Map the existing and potential stakeholders who are working around and supporting developing agri-cooling infrastructures in the region. Mapping according to Region, State or Cluster of districts wise.
Assess the existing Solar Powered Cold Storages Implemented by SELCO Foundation, in partnership with various other organizations in Assam Meghalaya and Manipur. Study their existing operational and business models, utilization, market linkages and gaps.
Combination of primary and secondary research, Surveys/ questionnaires, key informant interviews, consultation & analysis.
|Orientation and Work Handover to Consultant
|Assessment on grid connected+ solar cold storages in NE beyond SFs implementations
|Utilization report of existing cold storages and their case studies
|Evaluation of Draft Report
|Final Compiled Deck
Interested consultants/organizations are requested to send their CVs, with a note on previous experience relevant to this project (maximum of 1 page on last experience). Send the details to Procurement@selcofoundation.org and CC to email@example.com with the Subject line: TOR for Ecosystem mapping & Demand estimation for Solar powered cold storage in Assam.