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Tender To Develop App To Help Link Farmers To Agricultural Equipment In Zim

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Welthungerhilife (WHH) -a German aid agency- is looking for a partner to help them develop the AgriShare Application. This app will be used to link farmers to agricultural within the country. Whoever is awarded the tender will work on the development and maintenance of the the application during the pilot phase of the app in Zim.

When the app is scaled in other countries that WHH is working, there is possibility of a partnership with them.

The Tender is closing on the 26th of this month (next Tuesday) which means if you are interested you’ll have to check this out ASAP.

What should the application do?

According to the tender the application is supposed to meet the following requirements:

  1. Allow farmers to identify available equipment within their area
  2. Allow equipment owners and commercial service providers to offer their equipment
  3. Allow farmers to hire and pay for equipment
  4. Guarantee payments until the service is provided
  5. Allow Users to hire equipment for other farmers and also for groups
  6. Allow the verification of users and service providers
  7. Provide a feedback service for both farmers and service providers to allow for the development of a trusted online community
  8. Allow for matching search requests with actual services available
  9. Shall be integrated with Bulk-SMS systems to allow information sharing without active data usage

Development

There will be 4 developmental stages:

Phase I (July to August)- Development of Version 1 with all essential and important functions

Phase II (August to  September)- Testing of Version 1 with target group while developing Version 2 adding desirable functions and removing bugs of Version 1

Phase III (October to November) – Testing of Version 2 with target group while developing Version 3 adding desirable functions and removing bugs of Version 1

Phase IV (December) – Final Test of Version 3 and evaluation of solution and submission of Final Product Version 4, decision of future cooperation.

The timelines given in the tender cannot be negotiated as they are influenced by farming seasons as well on other partner agreements.

Eligibility

To stand a chance of getting awarded:

  • The service provider must prove experience in the development and implementation of Market Place or Sharing Platform Solutions (minimum of 2 References)
  • Proven Experiences in the development of ICT solutions for small holder farmers
  • Experiences in compliance to European data protection policies
  • Experiences in working with non-governmental organizations an advantage
  • Context-specific experiences in Zimbabwe an advantage
  • Representation in Zimbabwe an advantage
  • Note: If not from Zimbabwe or not having experiences in the Zimbabwean context the service provider needs to demonstrate how he intends to facilitate the interaction with WHH and demonstrate that he can facilitate the integration with the bank or mobile money service providers. For international service providers it might be necessary to have a local partner on the ground.

Organisations interested in pursuing this can download the tender below:

Welthungerhilife  AgriShare App Tender


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