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

The contribution of the fisheries sector in the Bangladesh economy is enormous, and approximately 17 million people depending on the fisheries sector for their livelihoods.  Less than 10% of these are women, but there are many women who are working in this sector invisibly, as part of household level farming.  Leadership opportunities are rare for women to move forward in aquaculture.  Mostly, women hold lower value roles.

There are few women formally active as markets actors in aquaculture businesses.  BANA has identified just over a hundred women working in the southern districts of Bangladesh as fish farmers and entrepreneurs in various  aquaculture enterprises. 

BANA is seeking proposals for job training, workforce development, or similar for these women.  BANA is interested in developing the skills of these and other women in aquaculture and also interested in building the capacity of organizations to deliver business and vocational skills training to women.


BANA is looking for a partner which will simultaneously work with a group of women entrepreneurs in aquaculture and build its own business by targeting women in aquaculture as a target market for its training.

We are open to innovative ideas and approaches. Who will foster skill of women in aquaculture for distance learning as well as e-transactions using smart technology.  Perhaps a women's business network could be trained to use smart technology to get market information and best practices to increase their sell? Perhaps they could help each other to develop their skills? Or students with aquaculture/business knowledge can be connected to share their technical knowledge with these women through e-learning sessions and get to learn from these women about the realities exist in the market? Or there could be a mechanism for the students and the market actors from the same region to stay locally connected for professional development? Innovative ideas considering COVID-19 situation are welcome.

The objective is higher incomes for rural women doing business with aquaculture products (hatcheries/fish feed/feed ingredient/fish seed) and lower barriers to entry for the students after their graduation. These market actors are expected to reach and benefit increased number of rural fish farmers with better business skills/services/products as a result of the initiative. We are looking for a partner who can help achieve this.

Scope of Work

The selected partner(s) for this program will conduct a large scale trial of their business idea in districts in BANA's coverage area.  The market actors (100+ rural women in aquaculture business scattered in Southern districts) identified by BANA should be included in the coverage and the partners can include more women with snowball methods from these market actors. The partner will first finalize the business plan described in the proposal and implement the trial, gather & analyze the results, refine the approach, and run a second trial during a maximum 12 month period.

Who can apply

Only qualified Training Institutions/Job Centers should apply. "Qualified" means an established organization with a track record in skill development, employment creation, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, or similar with a vision to expand their business for the benefit of people in rural areas in Bangladesh.

Applicants should understand that this is not an offer to hire their services, but rather this is intended to be a partnership.  This means that (A) cost sharing of not less than 40% of the total budget proposal will be an important consideration in making this award, and (B) this activity is intended to be the catalyst for continued work of this kind without additional support from BANA.

Required documentation

If selected for the grant, the partner will be required to show:

  • Certificate of appreciation from respective local government representative (Any of the Union Parishad member or Chairman/Vice Chairperson)
  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license)
  • A list of key personnel
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • VAT registration number
  • Proof of a segregated account/bank account (providing the name and address of such an account)
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions)
  • Joint stock registration certificate (if applicable)
  • The consulting firm must bear all annual income tax (AIT)
  • Percentage of VAT and total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal.

Submission details 

Interested parties should submit a one page inquiry on the attached form before 5 July, 2020, either online or via email to: mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.

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