CROPS4HD in Tanzania

Tanzania represents an African lower middle-income country with emerging agroecological markets and the successful reintroduction of traditional crops.


Tanzania represents an African lower middle-income country with emerging agroecological markets and the successful reintroduction of traditional crops (by the World Vegetable Center). At the demand side, the project will integrate neglected and unterutilized species (NUS) in the established and growing organic market in urban centers. In order to enforce sourcing along value chains towards diverse and healthier food baskets CROPS4HD will further develop marketing strategies, including e-ordering and home delivery services. In parallel, CROPS4HD will target rural markets and schools to increase their assortment of higher agro-biodiversity.

In Tanzania, the project region for the supply activities is in the southern part of Tanzania with a focus on Lindi and Mtwara regions. Lindi and Mtwara are two of the least populated regions in Tanzania mainland and among the poorest regions. The main source of income for Lindi and Mtwara residents is from agriculture (cashew nut and sesame) mostly small-scale. There is severe scarcity of drinking water with only one rainy season a year that falls between December and April.

AFSA establishes links to eastern African policy and farmers’ movements, and case studies from Tanzania will serve as examples to advocate for policy changes in this sub-region.

Key Outcomes

  1. Share of consumers having increased diversity in consumption/frequency of NUS in weakly diet at household level is increased by 20%.
  2. Barriers to access markets for NUS are lowered in four out of six food systems and NUS volume in markets increased.
  3. Share of peasants with access to NUS seeds is increased by 30%.

  1. 12 crops (NUS crops, non‐NUS crops and NUS varieties) are newly cultivated at farm level.
  2. Volume of NUS leaving farm gate is increased by 10%.
  3. Incomes of 8’000 peasants are increased.
  4. Food security of 8’000 peasants is improved.
  5. Climate resilience of 6’000 peasants is improved.

  1. Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.
  2. 100 key policy makers and shapers are contacted.

Recent News

Nane Nane Day : Farmer’s exhibition week in Tanzania

A one-week fair, the Agricultural Exhibition, took place in various locations in Tanzania, where farmers and other agricultural stakeholders were put in the spotlight, providing them an opportunity to share their concrete activities and inputs on the agricultural sector with the general public. More broadly, it enabled awareness-raising to the policy makers, community, and other stakeholders on the contribution of Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS) and availability of seeds in the country.

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Visit in Tanzania : knowledge exchange

In March 2022, the Tanzania team brought together CROPS4HD project representatives from Niger and Chad as well as several experts from FiBL and SDC. This visit provided an opportunity to exchange knowledges and learn about the project progress at this stage, with the focus mainly on the implementation of PULL activities, specifically on the first Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) event in Tanzania. 

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Kickoff visit in Tanzania

In Tanzania, the project started in July 2021 with a field visit by the consortium members. The first objective was to get an insight into the reality of Tanzanian farmers’ lives and the important achievements of the SWISSAID programme in Tanzania, in order to define how and in which regions and districts the CROPS4HD project will focus its action.

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