Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania MVIWATA

Type of Organization: Farmers' organization
Areas of work: Agroecology
Region: Africa
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
MVIWATA (National Network of Farmers' Groups in Tanzania) is a national farmers’ organization that brings together smallholder farmers from all regions of Tanzania in order to have a common voice to defend economic, social, cultural and political interests of smallholder farmers. Founded in 1993, MVIWATA aspires to empower smallholder farmers economically and socially through capacity building, and undertake lobbying and advocacy by strengthening their groups and networks, facilitating communication and learning. Farmers are this way becoming capable of defending their interests. Five main areas are chosen and given priority to on the strategic plan, termed as “strategic goals of an organization for 2017 – 2021”. These goals are: 1) Enhanced land security to smallholder farmers; 2) Small scale farmers are in control of sustainable production system; 3) Inclusive financial access & security for smallholder farmers enhanced; 4) Smallholder farmers’ access and control in agricultural markets enhanced; 5) Institutional capacity of MVIWATA strengthened.