Introduction to the SEDEP Program

In Afghanistan, the GIZ is implementing the Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) program. The duration of the current phase of SEDEP is from January 2015 to January 2016. The objectives, and the intended results of the program are promoting employment and creating opportunities for income generation. The program is implemented in the six Northern provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan, and Takhar. The program is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI), the private sector and relevant Ministries and Departments at Provincial level. The program is designed along three result areas: (1) promotion of the value-added chains, (2) small infrastructure, and (3) development of dialogue mechanisms at various government levels. The program interventions center upon the holistic and interdisciplinary promotion of five agricultural value chains: nuts, wheat, poultry, dairy, and vegetables.

SEDEP requires the services of a qualified consultant to undertake the assignment with the following rationale and scope of work.

Overview of the Value Chain activities:

SEDEP identified the dairy value chain as a major area for development with a huge potential that could significantly contribute towards the economic development of Afghanistan. SEDEP-GFA realized that a major challenge in creating value in the dairy value chain is the poor quality of dairy products produced by dairy companies. In order to address this challenge, a) an assessment needs to be done to identify key bottlenecks in the farm – consumer value chain and b) a training program needs to be developed and implemented to address the issues that lead to low quality milk products produced by the dairy processors