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Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliate, is an international nonprofit that brings people together at the table, on the ground, and across supply chains to co-create economic and social opportunities that change lives. Working closely with our partners, we align interests to expand market access and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities that result in reliable supply chains, stable incomes, healthy families, and resilient communities. Established in 1993, we work with the ACDI/VOCA family of companies to make agriculture work better for people. We offer a focused and diligent team of locally based experts and international advisors who work with our partners to reach common goals.

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Project Overview

Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) works with African institutions to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated agriculture interventions. IGNITE also strengthens the ability of African institutions to incorporate nutrition and gender equality into their policy priorities and business practices—their way of doing business. Based on the interventions implemented by IGNITE clients, IGNITE identifies key mechanisms and drivers of demand for the scale up and replication of nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated interventions. IGNITE activities are targeted in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Clients include NGOs, private sector companies, and government bodies.

Project Goals

  1. Strengthen African institutions to integrate nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated approaches into their agriculture interventions and their way of doing business.
  2. Identify models that demonstrate ways of effectively and efficiently increasing both equitable consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious diets year-round and increased women’s empowerment in agriculture.
  3. Cultivate network of local service providers [LSP] to reach greater nutrition impact and gender equality in agriculture through ongoing technical assistance.


Tanager seeks to engage a consultant/consulting firm to conduct a nutrition formative assessment among cowpea farmers in four states, namely Kano, Adamawa, Niger, Kwara. The study will then inform the design of a Social Behavior Change Strategy for our client working with cowpea farmers to influence behaviors that can be sustained to improve nutrition outcomes.

The consultant will undertake the formative assessment. The assignment will include a desk review of available and relevant data on the nutrition and gender related practices and messages, design of tools to address data gaps, training of enumerators, coordinating and supervising data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Scope of Work (Excerpt – for full SOW download the RFP below)

The assessment aims to achieve the following:

  1. Determine factors that influence the willingness and ability of producer/processor households to purchase, or consume nutritious foods (affordability, availability, taboos, nutrition knowledge). Interrogate consumer diet patterns, related social norms and preferences, supply and demand characteristics with a focus on cowpea farming households.
  2. Identify barriers and enablers related to social behaviour change for nutrition and identify promising interventions that address key gendered barriers hindering the adoption of improved nutrition practices, including support for increased availability, access, and affordability of cowpea products and other nutritious food.
  3. Explore the household and community food environment including markets and community priorities related to agriculture and nutrition.
  4. Provide operational recommendations for strengthening gender and nutrition integration within the Clients project area which includes developing an action plan and an aligned monitoring plan of key gender-responsive and nutrition indicators to assess if the project generates the intended benefits for men and women.
  5. Document interventions and focus of organizations working on nutrition-sensitive agriculture/nutrition interventions in the study area including barriers and facilitators of uptake of these interventions.

Based on these objectives, the main research questions of the assignment include:

  • What are the current levels of nutritional knowledge, attitudes and practices among producers and processors among small-holder cowpea farmers?
  • What factors influence the willingness and ability of producer/processor households to purchase, or consume nutritious foods?
  • What are the gendered barriers and enablers related to social behaviour change for nutrition?


Request for Proposal – Nutrition Formative Assessment





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