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 which is the U.S Government's Global Hunger & Food Security initiative.

The AVC activity announces its first Blanket Activity Announcement (BAA) to organizations interested in submitting concept papers/business model that improve food security through strengthened value chains in the Southern Delta of Bangladesh. This is an initial solicitation to ascertain organizations that maybe interested in designing and implementing small to large projects and does not constitute a Request for Application (RFA). 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 note/business model). The BAA will allow AVC and the selected partner to create a framing agreement that could be a public-private partnership, Memorandum of Understanding, or even a specific, hand-crafted agreement of a new type that is appropriate to the particular relationship. Based on the final framing agreement AVC can use the most appropriate funding mechanisms through AVC grants and procurement.

DAI on behalf of USAID anticipates partnering with approximately 8/10 organizations and finding ways to successfully fund partner collaborations from successful applications submitted in response to this BAA. Competition for this BAA will be open for around one year. All concept notes/business models will be reviewed once a month on an ongoing basis throughout the year. At the discretion of DAI, applications 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/business model may be 3-12 Months. The total amount of funding currently available for 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 to make no awards as a result of this BAA.

Potential applicants are encouraged to submit concept paper(s)/business model(s) 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 considered .

This BAA is seeking applicants to propose innovative and effective approaches to address the opportunities and constraints associated with agribusiness in the FTF-ZoI. Applicants may choose among a range of initiatives or scale up small projects that have demonstrated success. Applicants 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 will be given to innovative ideas and women’s participation.


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