The Arab Fund awards the Contract for Conducting Consultancy Services to Lahmeyer International
The contract to conduct consultancy services related to "Achieving Food Security for the Arab Countries through the Sudan Project" was recently awarded to the German consulting firm "Lahmeyer International". The contract, which is financed by the Arab Fund, was signed on November 8th, 2013, and is scheduled to be completed in 12 months.
The objective of the study is to assess the present and projected situation of food security for the Arab countries, and develop an integrated short and long term plan for food security projects including required infrastructure, an implementation schedule for such projects, along with a review of the investment climate and institutional setup in Sudan.
The scope of the consultancy services is divided into four main tasks. The purpose of Task 1 is to assess the current and future food security gap for principal food commodities in the Arab countries, while that of Task 2 is to identify the potential for increasing the production of such commodities in Sudan through the systematic evaluation of the productivity and processing capacity of the key sub-sectors; irrigated, rainfed arable and pastoral agriculture, while keeping in mind that Sudan's contribution to Arab food security would be critically dependent on its agricultural commodities, provided that the said commodities and crops are viable and globally competitive.
In Task 3, the consultant will develop a food security model that facilitates the planning of agricultural development in Sudan to enhance regional food security, and in Task 4 the consultant will develop an integrated plan for achieving food security for the Arab countries. The plan will include the estimated costs of the identified projects, a time schedule for implementing them, and the identification of the additional infrastructure facilities needed to ensure the success of the projects identified in the plan.
Additionally, the consultant will also review and appraise the existing investment legislation and institutional setup in Sudan, and identify changes needed to be incorporated to the existing laws and institutional setup in order to facilitate the flow of direct investment and ensure the successful implementation of the projects included in the plan.
The Sudanese Government has appointed a Coordination Unit for facilitating and coordinating the consultant's interface with the various Sudanese Government agencies that will be involved in the project. The Arab Fund will manage and follow-up on the implementation of the study, in cooperation with the Sudanese Coordination Unit.