Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is implementing the five-year (August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2018) USAID’s Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) activity under the Feed the Future initiative, the U.S Government's Global Hunger & Food Security initiative.

The AVC activity announces this Blanket Activity Announcement (BAA) to organizations interested in submitting concept papers or Business Canvas Models that present innovative ideas that improve food security through strengthened value chains in the Southern Delta of Bangladesh. This is an initial announcement to engage organizations that maybe interested in designing and implementing small to large business development initiatives in collaboration with AVC.. Because a BAA is not an instrument but a method to communicate, this approach gives AVC tremendous flexibility in crafting the final relationship with the partner. It is a method to reach out to a potential partner and, literally shoulder to shoulder, co-create and co-design a development solution based only on an initial idea (concept paper). The BAA will allow AVC and the selected partner(s) to create a future relationship that could be in the form of public-private partnership, Memorandum of Understanding, or a specific, hand-crafted agreement that is appropriate to the particular relationship. Based on the resulting Market Actor Agreement, AVC can use the most appropriate funding mechanisms through AVC grants and procurement. Should a funded award be reached as a result of this BAA, the award, whether it is a procurement or a grant, will be considered competitively awarded based on this BAA.

DAI, on behalf of USAID anticipates partnering with approximately 8 organizations and finding ways to creatively fund partner collaborations from successful applications submitted in response to this BAA. The submission Period for this BAA will be eight months. All concept papers/Business Canvas Models will be reviewed once a month on an ongoing basis throughout the year. At the discretion of DAI, concept papers/Business Canvas Models received after the first round of evaluations may be considered on a rolling basis or as part of another round of evaluations.

The period of performance of the small projects under the BAA concept note may be 4 – 12 months. The total amount of funding currently available for awards under this BAA is approximately USD $1,000,000.00. The number of partner agreements and awards and amount of available funding is subject to change and DAI reserves the right not to formulate a Market Actor Agreement or not to make any awards as a result of this BAA.

Potential responders are encouraged to submit concept paper(s) or Business Canvas Models from AVC’s geographic focus area. The geographic focus under consideration is twenty southern districts in Barisal Division (Barisal, Bhola, Jhalokati, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali), Dhaka Division (Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Rajbari, Shariatpur), and Khulna Division (Jessore, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Meherpur). This list of districts is referred to simultaneously as the “USAID’s Feed The Future Zone of Influence – FTF-ZoI” area and “the Southern Delta of Bangladesh.” Activities outside the geographic focus area will not be considered1.

This BAA is seeking to engage potential partners through concept papers or Business Canvas Models that propose innovative approaches to address the opportunities and constraints associated with agribusiness in the FTF-ZoI. Responders may choose among a range of initiatives or scale up small projects that have demonstrated success. Responders must demonstrate success in addressing the identified constraints for each food and non-food value chain (natural fibers, flowers, potatoes, vegetables, pulses, tomatoes, ground nuts, and mangoes). Special attention and consideration will be given to innovative ideas that involves women’s participation.


Blanket Activity Announcement
Guidance on AVC BAA Process
BAA Annex: A - Concept Note Form
BAA Annex: B - Business Model Canvas Form