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Emergency supply of maize seeds to drought-affected farmers in Tanzania (Phase III)

Emergency supply of maize seeds to drought-affected farmers in Tanzania (Phase III)

Full title of the project:

Emergency supply of maize seeds to drought-affected farmers in Tanzania / Third phase Disaster Response and Preparedness to Drought

Target areas:

Thirty-four districts in Tanzania

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 3 500 830
Implementation:
09/02/2010-03/09/2012
Project code:
OSRO/URT/001/UK
Objective:

To improve the food security of drought-affected farming households in 34 districts in Tanzania.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives; local government authorities; Adventist Development and Relief; Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute.

Beneficiaries reached:

Provided seed to 255 298 households.

Activities implemented:
  • The project distributed seed to 255 298 households; 50 percent of the targeted households were female-headed and 20 percent were child-headed.
  • During phase three, 5 000 households in five regions received a vegetable kit and 2 000 beneficiaries received cassava cuttings.
  • Trained 42 District and Village Extension Officers on farmer field school methods and conservation agriculture.
  • The voucher scheme targeted 1 200 beneficiaries entitled to procure various inputs, ranging from cereal and vegetable seeds to tools and equipment worth TZS 160 000 (approximately USD 100).
Impact:
  • Input trade fairs provided a unique forum for enhancing capacities through information and experience sharing.
  • The provision of vegetable seed will boost the nutrition security of beneficiaries, as well as generate a high income for the recipient households.
  • Farmer field school training will help to spread good agricultural practices throughout the targeted districts.