To assess and scale improved post-harvest management practices in order to reduce loss and promote safe fish based RTC products

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To assess and scale improved post-harvest management practices in order to reduce loss and promote safe fish based RTC products

WorldFish is an international nonprofit research institution that creates, advances, and translates scientific research on aquatic food systems into scalable solutions. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, which unites international organizations engaged in research about food security.

The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity (Aquaculture Activity) is a five-year project of USAID working to improve nutrition through growth in the aquaculture sector. The project works in 21 districts of southwestern Bangladesh and two districts in the southeast.

In Bangladesh total fish production has increased six-fold in the last three decades, and the country is now the second largest producer in the world. The small-scale fisheries sector, however, suffers from serious post-harvest losses due to serious flaws in the path from pond to plate. From harvest to retail distribution, about 28% of fish lose 60-70% of their freshness before they reach consumers. There have been improvements in packaging technology in recent years, but much needs to be done.

Transportation is a challenge, and an end-to-end cool chain process is needed to preserve fish quality. The current system of ice houses is outdated and a major change fish handling processes and behavior are required to improve the system from dumping of fish on the ground and generally unhygienic conditions in packing areas to poor ice quality and loading and unloading and more.


Subject to donor approval and availability of funds, the Aquaculture Activity is looking for industry leading proposals to address the icing, packaging, transportation, and behavioral constraints to quality fish transport. We would like to see a solid business solution which improves packaging and cool chain management in the farmed fish sector.

The successful applicant will present a commercially and technically viable and socially acceptable business model which engages fish farmers, traders, transporters, icing, and packaging service providers. The applicant will also prepare and promote RTC (Ready-to-Cook) fish products which are collected through the improved post-harvest management practices. The project duration will be for eight months.

Proposed business models/concepts must satisfy and support the following:

  •  Functioning production clusters able to produce fish following best management practices.
  •  Functioning supply chain (cool chain) able to effectively facilitate a farm-to-fork fish
  • Post-harvest loss of fish reduced as a result of introducing improved packaging and cool chain management system.

Scope of Work

  •  Develop a multi-stakeholder consortium of packaging and , transporting fish ensuring on-time and quality delivery, and ensuring hygienic practices and resolve malpractices are adopted Develop multiple production clusters in the FtF zone and establish them as safe or reliable source of fish for RTC items. 
  •  Prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to introduce GAP (Global Agriculture Practice) standards and best management practices. 
  •  Increase capacity of these production clusters to produce fish as per the industry requirements. 
  •  Establish or develop fish handling points to facilitate an effective farm-to-fork distribution model. 
  •  Prepare fish based RTC recipes through consumer and market trials. 
  •  Conduct promotional and marketing events to popularize the fish based RTC products.

Key Deliverables

  •  A detailed commercially viable business strategy and plan on improved packaging and cool chain management of cultured fish.
  •  A realistic and specific plan for procurement, icing, packaging, transportation, warehousing/storing, and distribution of fish from farm to fork.
  •  Capacity building plan for the fish farmers and aggregators (cold chain actors).
  •  A clear business plan to ensure the sustainability of the business
  •  Reporting and documentation as per the Activity requirements.


  •  Farmers and traders will be aware of proper post-harvest management
  •  Partner will use proper cool chain to transport fish from the source to the market
  •  Ready-to-cook fish products will be available both in physical stores and online shops

Aquaculture Activity Offers

Aquaculture Activity will provide both technical and financial support to execute the proposed and agreed upon business models/ideas:

  • Financial support to leverage the companies’ investment. If shortlisted, the final agreement will be negotiated with selected, qualified companies. This support must contribute to a significant that the companies will make 
  •  Facilitation and co-development of the proposed business models or strategic plans
  • Technical support as needed for successful implementation of the proposed models/initiatives 
  •  Facilitation of identifying or developing business linkages with other market actors

Aquaculture Activity fund is not for: 

  •  Working capital (e.g., day to day operational costs, salaries of regular staff, rent of buildings, office, warehouse, storage houses, regular purchases) 
  •  Direct payments/subsidies to producers/aquaculture farmers 
  •  Common IT and fixed assets (e.g., computers, cameras, projectors, vehicles, machinery and equipment) 
  •  Common physical assets (e.g., buildings, warehouses, storage rooms)


  •  Have experience and proven success on similar intervention 
  •  Have commercial and profit interest and incentives in the capacity development of aquaculture stakeholders. 
  •  Proposed business models/concepts which satisfy and support one or more of the following will be given preference (i) new and innovative business models, (ii) expansion of successful business models into new and underserved geographic markets and (iii) expansion of the business models targeting underserved customers in the rural areas, such as youth and women 
  •  Proposed business models must demonstrate continuity and sustainability. 
  •  Cost- share must be at least 50% of the total proposed budget. 
  •  Cost-share amount must be verifiable and should not come from other USAID assisted projects or programs. 
  •  An active certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license); 
  •  Joint stock registration certificate (if applicable); 
  •  An organizational organogram of key personnel, inclusive of the names of such personnel; 
  •  Tax Identification Number (TIN); 
  •  VAT registration number; 
  •  Proof of a segregated bank account (providing the name and address of such an account); 
  •  The consulting firm must bear all annual income tax (AIT). 
  •  The percentage of VAT and total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal. 
  •  Other valid papers (provided by government institutions).

Note: Only “for profit” companies/firms are eligible to apply who have legal registration. Program is not eligible for Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), Consulting Firms, or Associations.


grant reward process




Interested parties should submit application by using the attached application form and budget template on or before 15 September 2022 to: mentioning the title of solicitation or Request for Application (RFA) in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will receive a response from WorldFish.