German Development Cooperation
German Technical Cooperation Tender Notice
Study on Analysis of Water Footprint in Cotton Production in Maharashtra and Gujarat


The GIZ project “Sustainability and Value Added in the Cotton Economy” is a new project to India within the portfolio of the long-lasting development cooperation between India and Germany. The project itself is a country package within the global programme promoting sustainability and value addition in cotton supply chains. With entering India, the GIZ project intends to support the promotion of sustainability in production as well as value addition in India’s cotton supply chain (from cotton seed to finished product), in close cooperation with the Ministry of Textiles and other implementation partners from public and private sector. Emphasis is given to the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.


  • To map and compile a project baseline data on water footprint in cotton production in project implementation areas in Maharashtra and Gujarat
  • To understand and assess the water footprint in select plots of cotton in relation to different varieties in different production sites in Maharashtra and Gujarat
  • To understand the environmental impact of certain cotton production systems on water resources in both the states
  • To understand the economic impact of certain cotton production systems (water foot print of defined production unit and water foot print of defined profit unit)
  • To assess potential risks of water footprint on achieving sustainable cotton production
  • To recommend measures on reducing water footprint in cotton production system in both the states

Scope of the assignment:

  • Kick-off workshop and preparatory desk study
  • Field research and interviews, field testing and finalization of questionnaire, finalization of scientific tools to be employed along with appropriate sampling frame and sample-size
  • Submission of interim report highlighting first impressions and trends based on initial study
  • Field research and interviews
  • Submission and presentation of draft study and finalization of the study


Specifically, the assignment consists of five interlinking tasks and respective deliverables:

  • Contractor’s concept paper on implementing the study (project proposal) (5 pages) (Week 1)
  • Interim report summarizing objective and scope of work (max. 10 pages, including current status, challenges, defining methodology of study, sample, questionnaire after field testing, etc) (Week 5)
  • Interim report (based on initial trends, key observations and analysis) (Week 9)
  • Draft report and presentation for comments by GIZ (Week 14)
  • Final report (Week 16)

The detailed documentation with regards to this call for proposals includes –

  • Terms of Reference
  • Technical Evaluation Grid
  • Grid for Assessing the Eligibility of Firms
  • Bidding Conditions
  • The General Terms & Conditions of Contracts


: 5th November, 2019
: 11th November, 2019
: 13th November, 2019

: 21st November, 2019, by 17.30hrs

GIZ reserves the right to cancel/modify this tender and / or reject a bid document including subsequently a technical and financial proposal, without assigning any reasons.