The project is led by Msingi, an independent industry development organization that supports the transformation of high-potential industries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.
One of Msingi’s main goals is to develop a competitive, inclusive and resilient long-term aquaculture industry. The organization believes that East Africa has a strong comparative advantage in aquaculture, with good natural water resources and good climate, genetic resources and a rapidly growing population leading to increasing demand for protein.
As the aquaculture industry grows in East Africa, Msingi believes it is imperative to achieve this growth in an environmentally sustainable way.
“We do not know the current impact that farmed fish in the East African region has on the environment as well as compared to other commonly consumed proteins. In order to reduce the environmental impact due to aquaculture, we first need to be able to quantify the impact and attribute it to practices, thereby identifying areas for improvement to achieve environmental sustainability for the industry as a whole,” says Msingi .
Objectives of the consultation
Benchmarking should include farmed tilapia and catfish as well as chicken, beef, pork and goat.
Environmental footprint assessment should consider the entire life cycle, including inputs, production, processing, transportation, storage and disposal. Key indicators that should be looked at are likely to include resource efficiency (including the environmental impact of feed and water intensity), carbon emissions, land use/ land use change, waste/effluent and any other relevant environmental factors.
The consultant’s scope of work will include the following:
- Conduct a literature review on the meat and fish industry in East Africa: including scale and modalities of production, consumption patterns, sustainability practices and disposal.
- Engage directly with relevant stakeholders in the animal protein industry (farmed tilapia and catfish, chicken, beef, pork and goat) in East Africa to understand the value chain from production to end use.
- Develop a scoring system based on key environmental indicators to assess the comparative sustainability of each animal protein at each point in the value chain.
- Synthesize the results into a guidance document that ranks each protein source by comparative durability and offers recommendations for improving durability.
Requirements for the consultant
- Immediate availability.
- Demonstrated experience in carrying out similar or relevant research, preferably with a background in environmental sustainability and a proven knowledge and understanding of the nuances of environmental footprinting, its calculations and data analysis.
- Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze and present data/information in a professional, simple and direct manner.
- Experience in conducting similar research in East Africa is strongly preferred.
The full job description can be accessed here.