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Tanzania: Outgrowers Mechanisms Capacity Development

Project Ref Number: 6924-A008

Active period and status: Project in implementation. January 2017 to December 2017.

Objectives: The objectives of this project are:

  • Development of a VUNA model for CSA capacity development for smallholder farmers and extension workers, which is based on current best practices, focuses on strengthening supply chains and meets market needs;
  • Development and / or adaptation of suitable training materials and the tools and technology required to support the delivery of the programme;
  • The “buy-in” and commitment of the private sector partners, and any key implementing partners such as extension service providers, training technology providers or CSA technology providers.
  • A revision and finalisation of the detailed tasks and deliverables for each of the implementing partners, across up to three value chains, with the identified private sector processors.

Target Problem:
Smallholder farmers in maize, beans, and soya are experiencing diminished yields due to climate variation. In addition;

  • There is limited farmer knowledge and skills to implement CSA practices
  • Demand – low yields also resulting from limited awareness and application of CSA embedded extension services
  • Supply – processing companies are unable to secure consistent supply of quality produce from out-grower farmers

These issues drive up the cost of production for processors and ultimately consumers. Vuna aims to improve the capacity of extension agents (public and private) to provide CSA embedded extension services to farmers. Empowering farmers with the knowledge and skill to apply CSA practices will increase their resilience to climate shocks.

Summary Approach:
This project provides technical assistance and grants support for the design, implementation and field testing of pilot projects for holistic CSA delivery mechanisms within commercial smallholder outgrower models to improve uptake of climate appropriate farming practices and climate proof the value chains.

Implementing partners: Musoma Food Company Ltd and G2L Company Ltd

Results / findings to date:
The project has commenced operations with both grantees. Farmers’ have been recruited and CSA training is ongoing. 8,000 farmers contracted and an estimated total of 22,500ha of maize and rice planted.
MFCL trained to of its extension workers and lead farmers in good agricultural practices (GAP) training of trainers (TOT). These Trainers were then facilitated to train 8,251 farmers. The most key technologies farmers were trained include harvesting, shelling (maize), threshing (paddy), winnowing, sorting, drying and storing. The trainings focused on ensuring farmers are adding value to their produce by observing East African quality standards and grades.

The grantee has also completed a baseline survey, setting up aggregation centres and appointing aggregation supervisors. The process of setting up aggregation centres involved visiting available village aggregation centres in the engaged farmers’ locations to assess their current conditions. The aggregation supervisors were then appointed to the qualified centres. A total of 15 centres were selected during this process. The harvest procurement has commenced at the aggregation centres.