Organization: CEFA

Opening Date: 15Th April 2021

Closing Date Extended to: 5th May 2021

Please see complete REQUEST FOR BIDS and BIDDING DOCUMENTS at the following link:

National Competitive Bidding

Tender No: REF: WP-CEFA 04


15th April 2021

Re:         Procurement of Beekeeping Inspection Kits – WP-CEFA04

CEFA – European Committee for Training and Agriculture (Comitato Europeo per la Formazione e l’Agricoltura) is an Italian NGO who has worked in Kenya since 1993 transiting through, Humanitarian response interventions, livelihood support, Food Security, Infrastructure Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, during the last 30 years.


CEFA is currently working in the Support for Resilience for Sustainable Livelihoods Project in West Pokot County. This is a consortium is composed of 5 NGOs and uses the conservancy approach. The project targets the two conservancies: Masol and Pellow conservancies.

CEFA’s mandate under the Ustahimilivu consortium;

  • Promotion of mango production among farmers with a value chain approach
  • Implementation of a modern beekeeping program
  • Implementation of a Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture program
  • Improve access to water for agriculture-Irrigation



Beekeeping, just like many other productive practices, has potential to contribute to immediate and long-term sustainable resilience for populations in West Pokot. Bee Keeping is already widely established in its traditional form, so it is both known and accepted by communities. Supporting the communities to adopt new practices of modern beekeeping has a high likelihood of leading to significant increase incomes within the target households.




Overall, 22% of households are involved in keeping, with an average of 7 hives per household, and a frequency median of 4. With regards to the yield, the average yield per hive to 33kgs. Ustahimilivu Baseline report, 2020


On the types of beehives, 98% of the households have Traditional beehives, 1.2 % use the Langstroth Beehives and only 0.8% use the Kenya Top Bar Beehives. This finding is a clear indicator of the extent of low adoption of bee keeping technologies, and the inadequacy of extension services on Bee Keeping within the communities. Apart from traditional hive that is 98% used by farmers, modern beehives like Langstroth and KTBH contribute to only 1% each.


Poor Hive Quality is one of the major challenges in Bee keeping (at 76.1%). The other notable challenges; the inadequacy of harvesting Equipment (39.8%), market opportunities (36.7%), and access to extension and training services (32.7%). Ustahimilivu Baseline report, 2020 This therefore explains the need for capacity building and adoption of modern technologies like the use of Langstroth beehive.


Beekeeping in the county and particularly the conservancies has potential as it contributes to (2.6%) as source of income.


CEFA now invites Bids from eligible entities (“Bidders”) for the provision of Beekeeping inspection kits to West Pokot, Kenya. The inspection kit is a set of tools (minimum 6) which together make up a kit. Each beehive inspection kit must consist of at least: a beekeeping suit, a pair of beekeeping gloves, a smoker, a hive tool, a bee brush and a pair of rubber boots.

The inspection kit is a set of tools (minimum 6) which together make up a kit. Each beehive inspection kit must consist of at least: a beekeeping suit, a pair of beekeeping gloves, a smoker, a hive tool, a bee brush and a pair of rubber boots. Everything should possibly be organized in a practical backpack or bag to facilitate transport
1 Beekeeper suit • Aerated beekeeping suit for all weather.
• Made of 100 cotton or synthetic fabric.
• It has a carrying case.
• It has well-positioned poly-cotton pockets.
• Comes with elastic wrists, ankles, and waist.
• Unisex design that is available in various sizes
Pieces 80
2 Beekeeper gloves Usually made of leather, rubber or canvas, are very thin and pliable to allow the beekeeper more dexterity in working with bees and to reduce the likelihood of accidentally harming them.
Made of pigskin and canvasl, safe and healthy, more comfortable to use.
Tailored fit with full-length sleeves, plus elastic cuffs to keep the gloves comfortably in place.
Long gauntlets to protect arms, particularly when you are removing the need to wear long sleeve garments under your suit.
Material: Pigskin+Canvas
Color: Yellow or white
Product size:
L (25cm)
XL (28cm)
XXL (30cm)
Pieces 80
3 Bee Smoker – Bee Hive Smoker made of stainless steel
– Measurements from the bottom to the tip of the nose is 11” with a canister diameter of 4”
– Heat Shield protective guard that surrounds the smoker to help prevent burns.
– Mounting Hook on the side of the heat shield allows to safely suspend or store the smoker
– Perforated Fire Base that C15provides air pockets at the bottom of the smoker to ensure good airflow
Pieces 80
4 Hive tool The most common design that comes with most kits—is somewhere around 7-10 inches (18-25 cm) long.
Usually have a curved end meant for scraping and prying, a flat end for prying, and a nail-pulling slot somewhere in the middle.
Pieces 80
5 Bee Brush 16-inch bee brush with 2.5-inch bristles. Bristles are soft and attached securely. Pieces 80
6 Rubber boots Soft rubber boots up to the hollow of the knee or mid-calf Pieces 80


More details on Inspection kits and related services are provided in the Schedule of Requirements in this Bidding Document.

  1. This RFB is open to all eligible Bidders who wish to respond. Subject to restrictions noted in the Bidding Document, eligible entities may associate with other Bidders to enhance their capacity to successfully carry out the assignment.



  1. Bidders interested shall submit their Bids together with the samples by sending them to the address below or via an e-mail or, giving full contact details of the Bidder, to the following point of contact.

CEFA Regional Office in Nairobi

Brookside Close, off Brookside Drive, Westlands, Nairobi

Attn: Silvia Cerri – CEFA Project Manager

Or alternatively by sending an email to the following email address:

[email protected]

  1. You will be required to submit SAMPLES on or before 5 May 2021 at 2:00pm to CEFA Regional Office NAIROBI. In Brookside close, Westlands. Location pin is as follows:
  2. Bids must be delivered to the address and in the manner specified in section 2 (Information To the Bidders) no later than 5 May 2021 at 2.00 PM EAT.
  3. Bidders should be aware that late bids and bids submitted without samples will not be accepted under any circumstance and will be returned unopened at the written request and cost of the Bidder.
  4. Please note that electronic Bids shall be accepted.
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CEFA (European Committee for Training and Agriculture) is a Non-Government Organisation whose headquarter is in Italy ( and the regional office for Kenya and Somalia is located in Nairobi.


It was established in 1972 by a Group of Agricultural Cooperatives to carry out projects that help local populations in an enduring way, to combat starvation and to promote a society where men, women and children can live in peace.


CEFA gives priority to those projects that aim at food self-sufficiency and that meet the primary needs of the population (agriculture, agribusiness, water, health, social organisation). Each project tries to combine direct productive interventions with actions aimed at cultural and social improvement.


CEFA is an independent, apolitical and with no religious affiliations organization founded on the principles of solidarity among the different regions of the world in the name of justice, human rights and peace.

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