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CTA invites tenders for editorial management and production of Spore

July 19, 2016

Spore is CTA's flagship publication. Published quarterly in English and French, Spore provides readers with a global perspective on agribusiness and agricultural development. CTA now invites publishing companies to tender for the editorial management and production of Spore.

As the magazine for agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Spore recently underwent a complete makeover.

"With a revamped website and more in-depth publication, we aim to attract a wider audience, especially women and young people, as well as readers from civil society and the private sectors, amongst others."
Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

The new-look Spore focuses on innovations that are transforming smallholder agriculture for food security, nutrition and inclusive economic growth. Interviews and case studies examine climate change, postharvest losses, market access and other issues constraining agricultural transformation. The magazine brings complex topics to life with field reports, photos and infographics. A section on agribusiness features small and medium enterprises, trade, finance and value chains. Also covered are developments in the blue economy, nutrition and health.

The Spore website and regional pages encourage readers to share opinions, insights and exchange information. Spore welcomes suggestions from readers for topics for examination or debate. Partnerships with media, development organisations, stakeholders and readers contribute to enriching the content of Spore and its website.

The editorial management and production services for Spore that CTA is requesting include:

• Scheduling production
• Participating in meetings of the Editorial Committee
• Preparing and writing articles in English and French
• Copyediting
• Researching images
• Translating articles from English to French and French to English
• Laying out the printed version
• Proofreading
• Producing and publishing PDF and EPUB 3 versions of each issue
• Managing the responsive Spore website in English and French, including uploading the content of the printed issues, producing additional web articles and managing banner advertisements
• Publishing and distributing monthly electronic newsletters in English and French
• Producing and publishing information on social media in English and French
• Optimising the Spore website for search engines
• Interacting with readers and conducting reader surveys
• Generating advertising revenue

CTA is interested in receiving tenders from companies with expertise in:

• Producing print and online magazines in several language versions, particularly English and French
• Managing websites and other digital publishing formats
• Managing social media
• Generating advertising revenue

The deadline for expressions of interest is 8 August 2016. The indicative date for submission of tenders is 10 October 2016. The contract is expected to start 1 December 2016.

Find out more

Download the call for expression of interest 
Read the tender and related documents, including the Corrigendum and the Answers to questions asked by the companies invited to submit tenders
Subscribe to Spore 
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