Landell Mills and Nordic Development Fund host workshop about biochar sector

Landell Mills recently co-hosted a biochar workshop, along with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The workshop featured the production and utilisation of biochar as a soil amendment for climate-friendly agricultural production, as well as focussing on the replication and scaling up of the technology.  

The event took place in Helsinki and facilitated lesson-sharing, with a view to increasing the impact of future biochar sector interventions. Landell Mills’ team drew on lessons learned from two NDF funded projects; Capacity Building for the Efficient Utilisation of Biomass for Bioenergy and Food Security in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 2011-2015, and Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development - Consultants for Sustainable Rural Ecology for Green Growth 2014-2016 in Nepal.

Attendees were also given the opportunity to take part in a demonstration of biochar making. Among many other benefits, the material contributes to climate change mitigation by storing carbon in the soil for hundreds of years, and it improves soil fertility and therefore food security.

Simon Foxwell, Landell Mills Asia Division Director, commented, “The biggest challenge now is to find how to scale up the use of this appropriate technology after the successful field trials. The Nepali authorities have been impressed by the trials, and they are keen to train more farmers. Practical brochures and leaflets have now been produced for local farmers, but there is still a need for support from donors for more extensive field trails across Nepal. We also believe that the lessons learnt from Nepal will help with the replication of this kind of project in other countries.” 

Find out more here.

Landell Mills contributes to first ever Annual EU International Cooperation and Development Results Report

The Landell Mills’-led Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) services for the EU’s projects and programmes in the Asia, Middle East and Pacific region (Lot 3) in partnership with Linpico SARL and Proman, has provided key data for the first ever Annual EU Results Report.

The ROM contract, worth over €9 million and in effect since January 2015, requires Landell Mills to gather and compile results from EU-funded activities across the Asia Pacific region. Co-ordinated by the team at the Brussels office, the results were aligned with the reporting system of the new EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework under a specific activity called ‘End of Project Results Reporting’ (EPRR).

This annual report is the first of its kind and aims to provide all stakeholders, including European citizens, with selected results achieved from EU funded development cooperation projects and programmes. The featured projects were completed between mid-2013 and mid-2014 in sectors ranging from agriculture and rural development through to human rights and education. The publication of this new report highlights the European Commission's efforts to strengthen accountability and transparency in the area of international cooperation and development.

Please download the full report on the link below:
https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/eu-international-cooperation-and-development-first-report-selected-results-july-2013-june-2014_en

Kenya and Tanzania plan transboundary conservation area as part of Landell-Mills-managed Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Biodiversity Programme

As part of the Landell-Mills-managed Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Biodiversity Programme supported by the EU, Kenya and Tanzania are planning to establish a Transboundary Conservation Area (TBCA).  The countries share biodiversity-rich coastal and marine ecosystems on which vital socioeconomic activities are based, such as tourism and fisheries.

Recently, the regional Biodiversity programme organised a workshop in Tanga, Tanzania, to address the issue of sustainable management of shared resources. A broad range of stakeholders, including representatives of protected areas and wildlife management institutions, fisheries departments, research institutes, NGOs, and local authorities attended the workshop in order to identify preparatory activities for taking the TBCA forward.

The initiative is a response to a decision by the 8th Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention (June 2015) which requested contracting parties and partners to support a cross-border management system of the transboundary marine protected area between Kenya and Tanzania. The aims of the proposed TBCA include strengthening the capacity for restoring ecosystem health, as well as piloting ecosystem-oriented approaches into spatial planning, water management, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and protected area management in Kenya and Tanzania.

The workshop highlighted some of the lessons learnt from other TBCAs such as the need for political commitment, mutually agreed objectives and transparency in the governance structure, along with regular communication and joint management.

The presentation also emphasised that the TBCA initiative should identify and focus on activities and issues that require transboundary collaboration, as well as continuing to support national efforts. The agreed preparatory activities include regional baseline surveys and assessments of existing information to identify knowledge gaps, along with awareness-raising and stakeholder engagement at community, local and national government and regional levels.

Raising awareness of EU development cooperation in Rwanda and Zambia

Landell Mills is managing two new projects in Rwanda and Zambia that aim to highlight the impact of EU cooperation in both countries.

The Rwandan communications assignment will run for 24 months. Activities will include a European film festival, an education fair and a series of debate panels. Communications will focus on areas central to EU-Rwanda development cooperation, including energy, transport, agriculture, governance and support to civil society.

The Zambia contract, being implemented by a Director of our consortium partner, CommsConsult, will run for 18 months. Planned activities include development of short films covering areas of thematic interest and seminars on topics such as climate policy, energy or agriculture.

Both contracts are part of an EU-funded global framework contract focused on communications that will work across the globe. If you would like to find out more, or are interested in working with us on upcoming communication projects, please email COMLOT2@landell-mills.com.

Landell Mills provides cost-benefit analysis of DFID Kenya’s Arid Lands Support Programme

Landell Mills has recently completed a cost-benefit analysis of DFID’s multi-year Arid Lands Support Programme in Kenya. The aims of the programme are to build household and community resilience to drought and shocks and support early response to drought by contributing to the Hunger Safety Net Programme. The programme targets the counties of Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera in northern Kenya.

Focusing on Community Resilience as a Public Good - one of four components of the £12 million project, Landell Mills delivered three outputs – monitoring and evaluation assessment and support, market analysis, and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) – working with seven international non-governmental organisations, including Oxfam and Save the Children.

Landell Mills developed a three-part cost-benefit analysis tool to inform decision making about development investments and programming, along with a report to present findings of the CBA of seven resilience interventions. The CBA findings reveal that the activities have modest to high benefit cost ratios. The report emphasises the need to consider these findings together with the full array of qualitative and quantitative evidence in order to inform the prioritisation of projects.

We also hosted lesson-learning activities including a two-day workshop in Nairobi as well as two webinars on the use of the cost-benefit analysis tool and its results. 

Please follow the links below for more information:

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA). Findings from DFID Kenya’s Arid Lands Support Programme
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.june1016.landellmills1

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA) tool. Part I: Introduction        
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.may2016.landellmills

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA) tool. Part II: Step-by-step guide to data collection          
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.may2016.landellmills1

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA) tool. Part III: Step-by-step guide to analysing and reporting
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.may2016.landellmills2

 

AgriTT programme features at Africa Agriculture Science Week in Rwanda

Landell Mills’ Project Executive, Elle Harrison, recently attended a conference in Kigali to showcase the AgriTT programme whose focus for the event was ‘making Chinese technology work for African agriculture’.

AgriTT is one of the first trilateral cooperation programmes working in partnership to accelerate agricultural technology transfer between the UK, China and Africa. It is funded by DFID and implemented by Landell Mills.

Organised by the AgriTT programme management office, lead researchers from four out of the eleven AgriTT-funded Research Challenge Fund projects were invited to present and share lessons learnt from their experience of working with China. Throughout the triennial Africa Agriculture Science Week conference, AgriTT also ran an eye-catching exhibition stand alongside other organisations where participants could meet and share their knowledge.

The four presenters and their presentations were as follows:

  • Hongmei Li and Joelle Kajuga: Transfer of sustainable pest management technology from China to Rwanda.
  • Rhodes Makundi: Contraceptive baits to limit fertility and reproductive performance of rodents: Can hormonal control limit rodent populations?
  • Pradeep Malakar: Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda.
  • Emmanuel Kaunda: Enhancing tilapia production in Malawi.

The presentations and discussions generated significant interest around potential benefits and highlighted future recommendations such as understanding local conditions and the value of study trips to China.

To find out more visit the AgriTT website or follow AgriTT on Twitter.

New appointment at Landell Mills

We are delighted to welcome Poppy Dickinson to Landell Mills.

Poppy joins us as Marketing, Communications and Knowledge Management Assistant. Poppy has a BA Hons in English Literature and Spanish. Her prior experience includes working as a Copy Editor for a multi-channel retailer, and as a Fundraising Assistant for the African conservation charity, Tusk, which supports wildlife, community and education projects across Africa.

Poppy’s appointment reflects continued growth for Landell Mills in the area of communications.

Improving water management in Tajikistan – project award

The sustainable management of water is central to rural livelihoods, food security, electricity and domestic water supply, sanitation and the environment. These issues lie at the heart of a new technical assistance project designed to build capacity in integrated water resources management in Tajikistan. We will be working with Mott MacDonald as partner on the 42-month project, which is funded by the European Union and has a total value of over €4 million.

The project will concentrate its efforts geographically in the Zarafshan sub-basin, although interventions will also be made at a central level. We will provide support in a range of areas including:

  • Development of water sector policy
  • Setting up river basin organisational structures
  • Development of water management planning tools
  • Improvement of irrigation infrastructure
  • Strengthening water management community organisations
  • Management of watersheds to reduce flash flooding and erosion
  • Monitoring and evaluation

The project will coordinate across sub-sectors to make efficient use of this finite resource, and to improve forest, land and pasture management, which all impact on water availability.

Western Indian Ocean regional port authorities trained on survey scoping and planning

Invasive alien marine species threaten biodiversity, marine industries and human health, impacting significantly on costal and island economies. They can cost millions, sometimes billions, of dollars in repair and eradication efforts.

These unwelcome guests travel long distances, hidden in ballast water or stuck to ships’ hulls. In the South-Western Indian Ocean region, the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) is implementing a research project to determine the risks caused by the discharge of ballast water in Mauritius and propose measures to minimise the introduction of alien species through shipping activities.

The Landell-Mills-managed IOC Biodiversity Project and MOI recently organised a regional workshop on MIS survey scoping and planning.  Mr Adnan Awad, an internationally recognised expert in the field of marine invasive species, led the training. The workshop was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands and with the scientific collaboration and backup of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute.

Representatives of the port authorities and marine sciences institutions from the six biodiversity beneficiary countries (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania) met at the MOI, Albion, for two days of intensive training followed by a field visit to Port Louis harbour. The workshop aimed to equip stakeholders with the methodological tools needed to plan and undertake surveys.

The survey process includes carrying out baseline survey to establish species count and ongoing monitoring to assess increases in growth, damage levels and/or the introduction of any new species.

Although ports are the main gateways for invasive species, and the primary focus of the training, the methods also apply to other marine and coastal environments, such as marinas. The next step in the training programme will be the implementation of a pilot-survey in one of the participating countries, which is planned for the second half of the year.

An information brochure to raise awareness of the impact of marine invasive species is also being produced.

Find out more:

Workshop report http://commissionoceanindien.org/fileadmin/resources/Biodiversite/reports/MIS_survey_and_scoping_May.pdf

CBD & Aichi target 9: Implications for the WIO
http://commissionoceanindien.org/fileadmin/resources/images/biodiversite/publications/BIO-implication-wio2.pdf

Growth for Landell Mills

Our expertise

Our expertise

Over the past year we have continued to grow from strength to strength, providing technical assistance and management consultancy in the areas of trade and enterprise, agriculture, natural resource management and policy and governance. During the year, we have worked on projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. We have seen the development of three new operational divisions, reflecting growth in our francophone market, the award of a number of framework contracts and new communications projects.

Our 2015 accounts reflect this growth and show an increase in turnover of 25% to €19 million. We also have a healthy portfolio of business contracted for 2017 and beyond.

We are pleased to report this sound financial position, which reflects our reputation for high quality service provision, our strong relationships with clients and partners, and the hard work of our staff and consultants.

Enhancing capacity for trade in Haiti – lessons learnt seminar

Over the past nine months, Landell Mills has been working with the Haitian Bureau of Standards on a project set up to create an institutional framework for quality infrastructure in Haiti, in line with the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. The project also aims to enhance the capacity of auditors and consultants to support Haitian firms and laboratories.

Thomas Pataillot presents at seminar

Thomas Pataillot presents at seminar

To mark the end of the project, Landell Mills recently organised a seminar in Port aux Prince. The seminar aimed to share project findings and raise awareness of international standards and the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade agreement, as a means of empowering Haitian Institutions, small-holder farmers, traders and processing enterprises.

The seminar was attended by a range of stakeholders, including the Haitian Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MCI), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Haitian Association for Quality Management (AHMAQ), the National Laboratory of Public Works (LNBTP), as well as other laboratories and private businesses. Members of the media were also invited, to ensure wide coverage of the event.

Landell Mills Project Executive, Thomas Pataillot, presented activities implemented to date, and reminded the audience of the importance of compliance with the WTO TBT agreement, particularly in relation to the development of a quality infrastructure, which will enable businesses to export to the EU and other countries.

The Ambassador to the European Delegation in Haiti and the General Director of the MCI also spoke at the event and Landell Mills team leader, Georges Dupret, presented project findings and listed recommendations for the improvement of Haiti’s national framework and quality legislation.

 

 

Lessons learned from Danish engagement in Afghanistan 2001-2014

Danish engagement in Afghanistan has been Denmark’s largest integrated effort in a fragile state to date, with political, military and development instruments working together, at both planning and execution stages.

Danish Parliament

Danish Parliament

On 9th June, Landell Mills took part in a public conference at the Danish Parliament to present the conclusions of a study, carried out by its team of researchers between May 2015 and April 2016: Lessons Identified 2001-2014: Development Cooperation in Afghanistan (Part II).  The report was part of a wider study on lessons learned from integrated Danish efforts in Afghanistan, coordinated by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). The study was divided into three parts covering different aspects of Danish engagement in Afghanistan:

Lessons Identified 2001-2014: Development Cooperation in Afghanistan 

Lessons Identified 2001-2014: Development Cooperation in Afghanistan 

Development Cooperation in Afghanistan

Landell Mills’ study, led by Nicole Ball, concluded that Denmark has actively promoted agreed international principles for development co-operation including ownership, state-building, gender equality and human rights protection and recognition of linkages between political, security and development objectives. Denmark has had to navigate the difficult waters of intense strategic interest, limited capacity and reach of state institutions, increasingly entrenched corruption, and multiple lines of conflict  all within the context of a profound lack of trust between state and citizen and a deteriorating security environment.  Key lessons from the Danish experience that were highlighted in the study are:

  • The importance of an integrated approach to strategic objectives, shared by all relevant actors (political, development and security).
  • The need to select the most appropriate mix of development tools and approaches, in light of a careful assessment of the potential impact on security, corruption and political relationships.
  • The importance of a deep understanding of the context (particularly the political process) when fostering ownership of state-building.
  • The need for a TA model that focusses on capacity transfer, instead of doing the job with the risk of creating a parallel civil service and greasing patronage and graft dynamics. 

Prominent political figures took part in the event, including the Danish Foreign Minister, the Danish Defense Minister, the Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister and the EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, as well as a panel of MPs from Danish political parties supporting engagement in Afghanistan. Representatives of civil society, the press, the armed forces and the development community were also present and participated actively.

Panel of Mps

Panel of Mps

The political relevance of the event and its primary objective of accountability to the Danish people brought up a vigorous debate. A number of matters were discussed including:

  • The nature and purpose of the lessons learned format (as opposed to an evaluation), with some MPs regarding it as a useful instrument for future engagement in FCAS, and others stressing the need for comprehensive and politically-driven studies, that set the basis for a more in-depth debate on the implications of taking part in international conflicts.
  • The issue of corruption and the use of Danish tax payers’ funds.
  • The risk that CIMIC projects pose to humanitarian and development organisations. Because these projects are implemented by military units, the boundaries between civil and military activities can become blurred, putting humanitarian staff in danger.

In summary, the conference was a great opportunity to foster dialogue between representatives of the Danish people, academia, the military and the development community on how best to support fragile and conflict-affected states.

For more information download study here:

 

 

 

Landell Mills Stakeholder Survey

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‘Of all the international organisations I have had the opportunity of working with over the last 40 years, staff of Landell Mills have been the most diligent and courteous, with a high sense of honesty and probity.’ (Stakeholder survey respondent, 2016.)

Thanks to all who took part in the Landell Mills stakeholder survey. Your feedback matters and helps us in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of our services. 114 people took part in the survey, the majority were consultants (75%), followed by project partners (12%). Government and donor agency staff and suppliers also participated.

The top ten words used to describe Landell Mills were professional, efficient, friendly, competent, flexible, international, supportive, responsive, consultancy and effective. Our main strengths were seen to be the level of support we provide, our professionalism, clear communication, capable staff, responsiveness, flexibility, focus, project management and service quality.

We are delighted that the survey feedback reflects our commitment to delivering high quality services and developing strong relationships with the clients, consultants and partner firms we work with. 

Training course shares lessons learnt from Afghan water management project

A recent training course for Afghan engineering students has helped share lessons learnt from the Panj-Amu River Basin Programme (P-ARBP).

Landell Mills manages the €10m EU-funded, P-ARBP project, which aims to contribute to poverty alleviation in Afghanistan by fostering equitable and sustainable water management practices. Training the future generation of Afghan water management experts is one component of this goal.

Photo: Students on Sharing of Panj-Amu River Basin Programme Field Experience course

Photo: Students on Sharing of Panj-Amu River Basin Programme Field Experience course

20 students from Kabul Polytechnic and Takhar University took part in the course, which taught students how to bring a consistent approach to the design of common irrigation structures in Afghan river basin canal systems.

Students learned the hydraulic, irrigation and social parameters to be taken into account in the design of a cross-regulator and off-take structures. They were provided with a good practice guide and trained in the use an Excel spreadsheet, formulated to generate the data required for the design process.

The course, and the training tools provided, will prove extremely useful for future hydraulic structure design, both in the Panj-Amu region and in river basins across Afghanistan.

Landell Mills and MDRI evaluation of development cooperation between the UK and Vietnam

Landell Mills, in partnership with MDRI, has carried out an evaluation of long term development cooperation between the UK and Vietnam.

The UK has allocated £580 million to Vietnam over the last 15 years, and will exit the country as bilateral donor this year. The evaluation examines the evidence of DFID’s support for poverty reduction in Vietnam against the backdrop of broader development efforts. It also identifies lessons learned.

The findings point to four main characteristics of DFID support for development in Vietnam.

  • Working with and through others – promoting ownership and mutual accountability.
  • Concentrating on income poverty elimination.
  • Taking a long term approach.
  • Focusing on few sectors and projects.

The evaluation finds that UK development assistance did respond to pressing development needs and it has, on balance, contributed to an enabling environment for sustainable poverty reduction.

Lessons learned point to the importance of strategic consistency, long term commitment and selective focus. The research also underscores the need for enhanced understanding of the challenges of targeted poverty reduction as, despite overall progress, poverty rates remain high in a number of provinces and among many ethnic minorities.

Joy Hutcheon (DFID Director General, Country Programmes) commended the research for the valuable lessons it holds – both for how DFID operates as a donor in other country contexts and for other donor organisations still operating in Vietnam. She also highlighted the need to consolidate this poverty success story by strengthening the capacity of the Vietnamese government and addressing the persistent gaps between ethnic groups.

Download the documents below to learn more about the research findings:

Policy Brief: DFID support for the MDGs in Vietnam

Development Co-operation between the United Kingdom and Vietnam: Historical Overview 

Final Report: Evaluation of the Long-term Development Cooperation Between the UK and Vietnam

British Expertise International Awards 2016

We were delighted to be shortlisted for two awards at the British Expertise International Awards, which took place in London on April 11.

The Landell Mills-managed Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) was shortlisted in two categories – Outstanding International Development Project in a Fragile State (Non-Infrastructure) and Outstanding International Development Project (Non-Infrastructure).

Photo (left to right): Lorraine ROSS, brian ross (ABIF, FUND MANAGER), Simon foxwell (Regional Director), robert cuming (project executive).

Photo (left to right): Lorraine ROSS, brian ross (ABIF, FUND MANAGER), Simon foxwell (Regional Director), robert cuming (project executive).

ABIF, funded by DFID, contributed to poverty reduction through pro-poor market development. The project worked through a competitive challenge fund mechanism. Collaboration with entrepreneurs developed commercially sound investments. Ongoing support facilitated their implementation.

Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening spoke at the event and awards were presented by British Expertise President, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.

We are very proud of this achievement, which reflects the significant impact of ABIF in harnessing the private sector as driver for development in Afghanistan.

Learn more about ABIF here.

Landell Mills creates three new operating divisions

Landell Mills has set up three new specialist divisions in response to opportunities within our business.

The Framework Division will manage our framework contracts, including the recently awarded EU-funded global framework contracts focused on evaluations and communications. The division will work closely with our consortium partners and other company divisions to ensure the successful delivery of these contracts.

The Francophone Division manages a growing portfolio of projects in the French speaking regions of Africa and the Caribbean. The division specialises in trade and private sector development. Current work includes provision of technical support to projects in the CEMAC region, Chad, DRC, Gabon and Haiti.

Landell Mills has managed communications services for our clients for several years, and the establishment of a specialist Communications Division formalises our commitment to this work. The division will provide creative services for clients including the design and development of communication strategies, campaigns, audio visual materials, websites, publications and other knowledge products.

If you are interested in working with any of our new divisions, please contact Sophie Mottram (Framework Division Manager), Jérôme Benausse (Francophone Division Manager) or Rosie Smith (Communications Division Manager).

End of Programme Success and Lesson Learning Conference held in Malawi for the AgriTT Research Challenge Fund

Landell Mills is currently implementing the DFID-funded AgriTT programme, one of the first trilateral cooperation programmes that works in partnership to accelerate agricultural technology transfer between the UK, China and Africa. In so doing, AgriTT has funded 11 trilateral research projects over a 24-month period. The themes of the research projects range from unlocking the potential of aquaculture in Africa to the development of an AgriApp that applies Chinese mobile phone technology for agricultural information dissemination.

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AgriTT hosted the Research Challenge Fund End of Programme Success and Lesson Learning Conference in Malawi from 9-10 March 2016. Forty participants from 11 countries, including members of the 11 project teams, attended the conference. It provided participants with an excellent opportunity to share the successes and learn the lessons of the trilateral research.

Landell Mills staff members, Sophie Mottram and Elle Harrison, supported the organisation and hosting of the conference. The conference was a great success and emphasised the achievements of the AgriTT research challenge fund and the potential future impact of the research undertaken.

Please visit the AgriTT website for more information on the programme and the research challenge fund projects, in particular. Please contact Elle on elleh@landell-mills.com for further information. 

Evaluations and Communications Framework Contracts

We are delighted to announce that Landell Mills has recently been awarded two new EU-funded global framework contracts focused on evaluations and communications.

For Lot 1 (Evaluations), Landell Mills is leading a consortium with Adam Smith International, CEval GmbH, ICON-INSTITUTE, Integrity Research and Consultancy, International Organisation Development, Le Groupe-conseil baastel, Linpico and Proman. The framework contract focusses on individual assignments to undertake evaluations of European Commission strategies, spending and non-spending activities, instruments and legislation. Its goal is to improve policy and practices through lessons learning.

For Lot 2 (Communications), Landell Mills is leading a consortium with Agtel, Albany Associates, Atrevia, Comms Consult and Scriptoria to design and deliver integrated communication events and campaigns; information tools; multi-media and audio visual materials; websites; publications; and communication strategies. The Communications framework contract is global in its scope – covering any geographic area within or outside the European Union.

The Landell Mills Frameworks Division will manage the contracts. Sophie Mottram leads the Division:

I look forward to working with our consortium partners and utilising our extensive framework experiences to ensure the successful delivery of the Lot 1 and Lot 2 frameworks.

Please contact Sophie (sophiem@landell-mills.com) for further information. If you would like to work for us on one or other of the Framework contracts, please send your CV to COMLOT1@landell-mills.com (for Evaluations) and COMLOT2@landell-mills.com (for Communications)

Landell Mills awarded €5.5m contract to strengthen national capacities in food fortification

We are delighted to announce that the EU has awarded Landell Mills a four-year, €5.5m contract to strengthen national capacities in food fortification. We will be working in partnership with The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a world leader in this field.

Photo © GAIN

Photo © GAIN

The project aims to:

  • Support EU Delegations and national partners to design and implement food fortification programmes in order to combat micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Support policy making processes for the incorporation of food fortification into national strategies and programmes.
  • Conduct studies and research on initiatives to address micronutrient deficiencies in order to assess the relative cost-effectiveness and nutritional impact of food fortification.

The support to country-level projects will focus on building capacities to identify, design and monitor projects that aim to fortify food on a commercial scale. This will involve working with the private sector and other national stakeholders seeking to address undernutrition. Examples of projects might include fortifying flour with folic acid or iron, or fortifying vegetable oil with vitamin A.

In the first year, support will be provided to up to 13 countries (Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe and DRC). In the following years this will be extended more widely.

Please contact Gemma Holloway (GemmaH@landell-mills.com) if you would like further information about this contract or Landell Mills’ work related to food security and nutrition.

Find out more about GAIN's work on food fortification here.

Watch this short film to learn more about food fortification.