AgriFutures National Rural Issues Program RFQ  – Food Fraud – Impacts on Australian Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Industries:

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services to understand and address the growing problem of food fraud for Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries as part of the AgriFutures National Rural Issues Program.

The aim of this project is to provide AgriFutures Australia with an analysis to quantify the current size of the food fraud problem facing Australia’s rural industries and highlight opportunities that exist both domestically and internationally to overcome this problem.

The AgriFutures National Rural Issues Program RFQ closes 4:00 pm (AEST) Friday, 17 April 2020.

Background

As an exporting nation, Australia relies on its reputation for producing quality, safe product to meet domestic and international demand for food and fibre. Increasingly, we are seeing food fraud pose significant risks to Australia’s reputation, as well as reducing profit for producers and exporters as a result of fraudulent activity.

Food fraud is becoming a significant global challenge, estimated to cost somewhere between $40-50 billion a year. The estimate for Australia is closer to $2-3 billion (PwC). The common food fraud activity relates to counterfeit and substitute food, but is also experienced through dilution, unapproved enhancements, mislabeling, concealment and grey market production, theft and diversion.

In aspiring to meet the target of $100bn in farm gate value by 2030, set by the National Farmers’ Federation, Australia should be focused on building a strong, high value food economy by capitalising on changing consumer trends and a growing Asian middle class consumer.

Achieving these targets will require gaining a better appreciation of the actual cost of food fraud for Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, as well as their value chains.  There is also scope to understand the options for overcoming the food fraud issue by looking at technologies and systems available, both domestically and internationally, as well policies and trade arrangements that reduce the incidence and prevalence of food fraud.

Project requirements

This RFQ is seeking services to undertake an analysis to quantify the current impact of food fraud for Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, including a stocktake of ways industries are currently considering and addressing this issue. The work should include case studies of successful strategies as well as canvass policy and regulatory options for governments, industry and the broader value chain to address the challenge. Consideration for how this issue is being treated internationally should also be undertaken.

Project deliverables

The deliverable is a report targeted at government, industry and the wider economy and should explore practical recommendations and options for change. The final report will be in the AgriFutures Australia template and will likely be designed by AgriFutures’ design team. No design costs should be built into the quotation.

Timeline

Date                                        Activity

30 March 2020                         RFQ application open

17 April 2020                             RFQ applications close at 4:00pm

8 May 2020                                Expected execution of contract or issue of agreement

16 October 2020                      Expected project completion date

AgriFutures Australia believes that the project should be completed within five months. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

Terms and conditions

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract or satisfy its requirement separately from this RFQ process.

 AgriFutures Australia Provider Agreement

How to make a submission

AgriFutures Australia business with the applicant is facilitated by the online project management system Clarity. This system manages all stages of project administration.

Quotation’s must be submitted online using Clarity. As part of their submission, respondents are required to attach the completed milestone template in Clarity.

Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a proposal.

If you have previously submitted an application via Clarity please use your existing name and password alternatively if your organisation already exists in Clarity, please use the New User Request online form and we will assign your profile to that organisation.

New User Request

If your Research Organisation does not already exist in Clarity, or you are unsure, please use the New User and Company Creation Request to create a New Research Organisation and User account simultaneously.

New User and Company Creation Request

For further assistance with navigating Clarity during your project, refer to the Clarity resources and templates in the first instance.

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Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact:

Jennifer Medway

Senior Manager, Business Development

jennifer.medway@agrifutures.com.au