Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) Craft Mapping study in nettle


Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN)

Call for Expression of Interest (EOI)

 

First Date of Publication: 12th June 2024

Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) is calling for Expression of Interest (EOI) from eligible firm/consultant to conduct "Craft Mapping study in nettle potential area of Karnali Province-Sukhet District.

Eligible Interested firm/consultant is requested to go through the ToR and make submission accordingly to below address within

Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN)

Thapathali, Kathmandu

Email: fhan1972@gmail.com

Tel: 5343015, 5344231, 5345467

You are requested to submit the technical and financial proposal along with your updated resume within 7 days (i.e 18th June 2024) of publication of this notice:

Terms of Reference (ToR)

 

Introduction:FHAN is a member based organization of comprises of cottage and small scale industries, exporters, traders, artisans, cooperatives, associate, district and commodity associations, each committed to the sustainable development of the local handicraft sector. Thus, FHAN continuously and diligently works for the development of Nepalese handicraft industry as a whole; make a difference in lives of artisans, craftsmen and everyone associated with it.

Rationale: Since the 21st century and the alarming rate of climate change, people are more conscious towards the eco-friendly and bio degradable products. Hence, natural fiber products are being exported as emerging handicrafts, while the demand for them in the domestic market is also increasing day by day. There is a huge potential to expand the market for natural fiber products. Henceforth, textile industry can be considered as backbone of the Nation as this sector can provide huge numbers of employment opportunity and can earn foreign currency through export which can ultimately increase national GDP. 

Objective

  • To assess the availability of the natural resources-nettle fiber in Surkhet District.
  • Gather data on current Allo harvesting practices, techniques and associated traditions prevalent among local communities.
  • Explore the gap in knowledge and practice of people to adopt modern techniques and possibilities of enhancing the competitiveness of the products.
  • Assess the status of available government services and the status of those provisions providing mechanisms for processing Allo in Surkhet districts.

Scope of Work:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of existing literature, studies and reports pertaining to Allo cultivation, harvesting, processing and handicraft production in Nepal.
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders, including local communities, artisans, government agencies and non-governmental organizations  to gather insights into current practices, challenges and opportunities related to Allo utilization.
  • Organize field surveys in Surkhet district  to identify areas with abundant Allo resources (including data on total production in selected areas and current harvesting figures).
  • Gather data on current Allo harvesting practices, techniques and associated traditions prevalent among local communities.
  •  Document existing Allo based handicraft production units skill levels infrastructure and supply chains.
  • Examine the viability of previous interventions in the area which was aimed at enhancing Allo based craft enterprises for income generation and employment.
  • Assess the status of available government services  and the status of those provisions providing mechanisms for processing Allo in these regions.
  • Explore the gap in knowledge and practice of people to adopt modern techniques and possibilities of enhancing the competitiveness of the products.
  • Work closely with InElam and regional Enterprises Developemtn Coordinator of Karnali Province throughout the study

Methodology

In order to gather data on current harvesting practices, techniques and associated traditions of existing Allo (Nettle fibers), following action plan will be implemented.

  1. Lead Consultant (Textile Expert) will gather data using the data collection tools through the field visit and prepare questionnaire. Data collection technique like FGD (Focus Group Discussion) will be used to know on  harvesting practice, skill levels, and infrastructure and supply chains of Allo fibers in Surkhet districts of Nepal.
  2. In cooperation with "Lead and Assistant Consultant", the team will visit Surkhet District to collect the Present Harvesting Practices and Volume of the fibers available in both the districts.

In this regard, Consultant will meet / discuss with following concern stakeholders in Karnali Provenience.

  1. Ministry of Forest.
  2. Ministry of Agriculture.
  3. Department of Cottage industry (MOICS).
  4. Local concern stake holders (Samuha, Village development Center, Local Allo Processor, Local Communities etc.)
  5. In Elam Helvetas office at Karnali Province.
  1. Once, all the data and other relevant information's are collected, "Lead Consultant (Textile Expert)" will compare the present "Allo Processing" techniques with international Practice,  and will suggest better and appropriate techniques with Yield%.
  2. Coordinate with Concern stake holders and as per feedback/ analysis, the Final Report will be prepared and will be submitted to In Elam Helvetas.

Deliverables:

 

Activity

Time

Secondary Literature Review and Consultation with national level stakeholders. Developing Questionnaire for field visits/Methodology of the study etc.

3

working days

Completion of field work and interviews with community and government /non- government stakeholders in the field (including travel to areas of Surkhet)

5

working

days

 

Data Analysis and presentation of findings and specific recommendations that can be used to design and inform interventions in the area.

6 working

days

Incorporate feedback from In Elam team for the finalization of the report and provide inputs to design intervention

3 working

days

Total time

17

working

days

 

Time Frame: The assignment is expected to take place from 23rd June to 11th July 2024. The number of days for completing the assignment is estimated at a maximum of 17 working days.