Developing peasant farming and enhancing the value of its products on markets is a considerable challenge for Tanzania, a country where 80% of the population is rural. In partnership with GRET, Mviwata, a Tanzanian peasant farmers’ organisation, is implementing a project to boost development of the value chains linked to agricultural products with high added value such as spices, pineapples, onions and bananas (Malimbichi project). In four sites in the Uluguru Mountains and the Ruaha River basin, in the centre of the country, each having its specific charateristics in terms of agricultural production, value chain structuring and farming community organisation, farmers are being provided with support and assistance in improving growing techniques and conservation and storage methods.
The aim is also to bolster the semi-wholesale markets (management, storage infrastructure) and microfinance institutions (management, new financial products), as well as to develop relations between value chain stakeholders, in particular by exploring new certification avenues for national, regional and international trading. Activities began last December and will continue for three years. The first analyses of the area of operations were carried out with national experts from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and the first steering committee launched its activities last month.
For further information on the project (French version)