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The USAID Firms Project is providing in-kind support in the form of potato bags for damage-free transportation of potatoes to processors, on-farm tools and equipment, pre- and post-harvest potatoes farmer trainings, design and printing of promotional and instructional materials, and technical assistance support through the USAID Firms Project staff with the view to increase production and reduce wastage. The USAID Firms Project intends to work with private sector companies to expand/replicate the model in Swat and elsewhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by bringing more area under potato cultivation and increasing the economic value of the potato sector. The production target for chip stock potatoes is expected to increase from 129 metric tons to 600 metric tons by 2012.
The objective of the proposed consultancy is to review the existing post-harvest training material prepared by the consultant for the 2011 season and prepare updated training material. The Consultant will also use this material to conduct training of trainers (ToT) and also conduct training sessions working with the Value Chain Development (VCD) Specialist (Swat) and VCD Associates. As a part of this consultancy, the Consultant will also organize and conduct an exposure visit for potato cluster leaders to Batakundi cluster in Kaghan.
The Consultant shall use his/her education, experience, knowledge, and additional understanding gained from meetings with USAID Firms Project counterparts to accomplish the following: