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RFP Invited for Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship through Solar Drying

RFP Invited for Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship through Solar Drying

Organization: UN Women

Apply By: 23 Sep 2019

Subject: Request for Proposal (RFP) for Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship through Solar Drying

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Within the overall context of its Strategic Plan, UN Women has launched a Global Flagship Programme on Women’s Sustainable Energy, Entrepreneurship, and Access with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) in December 2015 in six countries, including India. Other five countries are Bolivia, Indonesia, Morocco, Myanmar and Senegal.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy (WESE) Programme is in line with the Government of India’s national priorities and international commitments towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically on Gender Equality (SDG5) and Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7) as well as the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.

The objective of the Programme is to identify and remove structural gender-specific barriers facing women entrepreneurs, enhance women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increase women’s participation and leadership in gender-responsive energy policy-making.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy (WESE)Programme, through scalable pilots, will build evidence to strengthen the business case of investing in women entrepreneurs through employing innovative technology applications, business models and inclusive financing to accelerate sustainable energy access through decentralized solutions.

 

Objectives of the Assignment

The overall objective of the project is to employ new age clean solar dehydration technology and create necessary backward and forward linkages in enabling small and marginal women farmers dry and sell agricultural and fish products. The project will create a cadre of women entrepreneurs embedded in the dried and processed food value chain, through effectively leveraging clean technology. Women’s access to dehydrated food products round the year will strengthen household’s food security resulting in positive nutritional outcomes for women and girls.

Geographic Location

  • Jalgaon District, Maharashtra
  • Konark District, Odisha (tentative)-

Target Women:

  • 30 small and marginal women farmers in Jalgaon
  • 30 women from fishing community in Konark, Odisha

Scope of Work/Activities:

Jalgaon, Maharashtra

I. Supply of 30 solar dehydration units for drying fresh vegetables with loading capacity of 60 kgs per day input. The solar dehydration units will include the following:

  1. Cutter with a capacity to cut 50 kgs of material per hour
  2. Primary drying unit to remove unbound moisture. The primary drying unit should be able to dry 60 kg of cut material per day
  3. Secondary drying unit (solar dryer) that provides conduction, convection, radiation (all three)-based dehydration to remove final moisture and get uniform drying, high level nutrient retention and provide safety parameter. The capacity should be to deliver 10 kg final dehydrated output
  4. Packing material to protect the dehydrated material from water vapour and oxygen transmission. Packaging material should ensure 6 months of shelf life from the date of packing. The test results of the packing material for accelerated shelf life studies should be attached along with food grade certificate.
  5. Warranty Period: Replacement warranty for parts against manufacturing defects shall be provided on warranty card duly signed by manufacturer/supplier with seal and date of supply. Minimum warranty period shall be of 3 years.

Konark, Odisha

II. Supply of 30 solar dehydration units for drying fish with loading capacity of 60 kgs per day input.

The solar dehydration units will include the following:

  1. A set of washing, cleaning and cutting tools to wash, clean and cut the fish including knife, washing container, peeling tools
  2. Primary drying unit to remove unbound moisture. The primary drying unit should be able to dry 60 kg of fish per day
  3. Secondary drying unit (solar dryer) that provides conduction, convection, radiation (all three)-based dehydration to remove final moisture and get uniform drying, high level nutrient retention and provide safety parameter. The capacity should be to deliver 10 kg final dehydrated output
  4. Packing material to protect the dehydrated material from water vapour and oxygen transmission. Packaging material should ensure 6 months of shelf life from the date of packing. The test results of the packing material for accelerated shelf life studies should be attached along with food grade certificate.
  5. Warranty Period: Replacement warranty for parts against manufacturing defects shall be provided on warranty card duly signed by manufacturer/supplier with seal and date of supply. Minimum warranty period shall be of 3 years.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The proposer (Companies/Firms/Manufacturers or System Integrators/Consortium/JV) who are capable of designing, supplying and maintaining the required number of solar dehydration units as per the requirement and technical specifications, mentioned in the RFP document are eligible to apply.
  • The Pvt Ltd. Companies/commercial firms are eligible to apply which have registration in India or have registered office in India.
  • The proposers must be registered under Goods and Service Tax (GST)
  • At least 3 years of experience of working in solar drying projects in rural areas, proof of which will be submitted as details of operational projects from date of commissioning till date.
  • Proposer must meet eligibility criteria on its own. In case of Consortium/JV, they shall jointly meet the technical eligibility criteria. It is understood that the bidder may not be original producer/maker of all components in the solar drying unit, but the integrated system should meet all requirements.
  • Proposer will be required to submit last three years audited annual accounts/ statements to demonstrate positive net worth of the company/firm. In case of Consortium/JV, it should be the lead member who should demonstrate positive net worth.

Deadline for Submission of Proposals

Date and Time: - 23 September 2019; 17:00 IST

City and Country: New Delhi, India

Address for Proposal

Submission  Electronic submission of Proposal:

Dedicated Secure E-mail address(s):

Technical Proposal:

procurement.india@unwomen.org

Financial Proposal:

procurement.india@unwomen.org  

 

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