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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR ASSESSMENT OF FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES AND TECHNICAL GAPS AMONG SMALL- AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES IN NIGERIA

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
ASSESSMENT OF FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES AND TECHNICAL GAPS AMONG SMALL- AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES IN NIGERIA
ISSUED BY THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR IMPROVED NUTRITION (GAIN), HARVESTPLUS, AND THE SCALING UP NUTRITION BUSINESS NETWORK (SBN)

The purpose of this RFP is to engage services of a Service Provider to conduct an assessment of financing opportunities for SMEs in the food and agricultural value chain, identify technical gaps and limitation of these SMEs to accessing financing, and to what extent those gaps can be bridged, to make these SMEs investment-ready.

The specific objectives are to:

1. Conduct a nationwide mapping of the financial institutions and other financiers (including, but limited to, institutions such as domestic banks, savings and credit cooperative organizations, international commercial investors, impact investors, Nigerian government-sponsored programmes, international institution programmes (e.g. IFC, and accelerators/ incubators)) that are open to funding businesses that operate in the food, agriculture and nutrition value chains;

2. Collect information on the financial institutions’ type of financial instruments offered, stage of business development, interest and terms, relevance to the agri-business sector, size and number of businesses served, technical gaps and other major impediments that limit businesses from accessing finance, the role that gender plays in identified gaps and impediments, and interest in investing in biofortified cassava and maize in select geographies in Nigeria;

3. Determine the readiness and capacity of the financial institutions to collaborate with GAIN, HarvestPlus and SBN to provide financing and technical assistance delivery to businesses;

4. Based on the information collected, propose criteria that would facilitate the identification and ranking of financial institutions as potential partners for financing and technical assistance delivery to businesses in collaboration with GAIN, HarvestPlus, and SBN;

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