The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural productivity and incomes of rural households in the project area, within the overall framework of the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy.
The project design incorporates the lessons learnt from past and on going national and donor interventions in Tanzania , which use similar approaches.
The project will lay the foundation for the preparation and implementation of more effective Village Agriculture Development Plans (VADPs) by (i) creating and strengthening the capacity of large numbers of participatory farmer groups and networks, using the Farmer Field School and Participatory Farmer Group intervention model which is already widely used in many donor-funded projects in Tanzania so as to increase production, productivity and profitability, and (ii) strengthening the capacity of local government authorities (LGAs) concerned with the facilitation, preparation and execution of VADPs and DADPs.
The project has three major field components based on the demand driven approach and one project management component.
The project has three major field components based on the demand driven approach and one project management component. The following outputs will be attained under the project:
Farmer Capacity Building : (i) 28 districts will have the capacity to train participatory farmer groups through participatory adult education methods; (ii) 250,000 farmers in 10,000 participatory farmer groups with an average of 25 members each, trained in technical, organizational and managerial subject matters through participatory adult education methods.
Community Planning and Investment in Agriculture: (i) 28 districts will have the capacity to plan, manage and monitor District and Village Agricultural Development Plans; (ii) 28 District Agricultural Development Plans prepared and implemented; (iii) 780 Village Agricultural Development Plans prepared and implemented including agriculture related micro-projects, small infrastructures and agricultural technology investments; (iv) Improved market access through the improvement of 560 km of feeder roads; and (v) Improved water control for agriculture through the construction of 28 water harvesting structures.
Support to Rural Micro-finance and Marketing: (i) 200 operationally sustainable Savings and Credit Cooperatives (made up of 8,000 Savings Groups) with each cooperative having an average of 1000 members and TZS 40 million in savings after six years of operation; and (ii) Marketing information network established and functioning in 28 districts.
Project Coordination and Management: A Project Coordination Unit (PCU) is responsible for coordinating the activities of the implementing districts and agencies
District Agriculrural Sector Investment Project
P.O.Box 11185, Mwanza – Tanzania.
Phone: +255 28 2541121/2
Faxi: +255 28 2541123