• RUDI works with various local and international partners.

  • RUDI CEO in a planning session with staffs and other partners

  • Visiting Farming Communities in the Rural Areas

  • Aiding farmers with the better farming skills

  • Paying regular visits, supervisions and follow up

  • Health rice paddies

  • Study Tour

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Healthy paddies

  • Sample Farm

  • Better Farming, Better Yields

  • Lumuli Farmers Association

  • Class Session

  • Training Farmers

  • Video Training

  • Training and Discussions

  • Training and Discussions

  • Entertainment

  • Group Photo

  • Grain Storage

SRI Demo Plots, Mkasu-Kilombero

MAIL PROJECT

1:   NAME OF THE PROJECT:

      Market Access for   Increased Incomes and Improved Livelihoods For Farmers’ of Southern Highland Districts of Tanzania (MAIL)

 

     The project seeks to enhance farmers’ access to markets there by providing an opportunity for low capacity to sustain an effective marketing system, helping farmers reduce post-harvest losses by demonstrating the benefits of using warehousing receipt systems/Collective marketing.

 

     MAIL project is a three years project funded by the Alliance For a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) the project started on 1st August 2012 and income and rural farmers to increase house hold income and improve their standard of living. The project will achieve this by strengthening farmer’s organization in the project areas, building their will end on 31st July 2015.

 

2: THE PROJECT GOAL: 

 

       The overall goal of the project is to increase incomes of farmers through engaging in profitable agri-business.

 

3: PROJECT OBJECTIVES;

 

 MAIL project have the following specific objectives

 

·         Development of an effective marketing system for farmer organizations in the project area

 

The project aims at mobilizing 15,000 farmers of Southern Highland district of which 30% are females and train them in good governance, and business management to develop their capacity to manage marketing system, facilitate the development district level apexes business plans and linkage to existing agro- dealers programs for enhanced market integration.

 

·         Reduce post-harvest losses through utilization of improved warehouse receipt system (WRS)

 

The project aims at reducing farmers post-harvest loses in order to increase their incomes, by providing access to warehousing and storage services through the rehabilitation of the existing 10 warehouse and facilitating training to 5 field agents warehouse managers and 15000 farmers.

·         Reduce transaction costs for farmers using structured trading systems (STS)        The project aims at increasing the income of 15,000 farmers across 5 districts in southern Highlands by developing of farmer- led aggregation mechanisms, training the farmers in crop marketing business planning, financial management, contract negotiation and entrepreneurship skills, building their capacity to manage warehouse receipt system which is regulated by Tanzania warehouse licensing board (TWLB) and enter into forward contracts, and promulgating farmers use of the modern market information systems that increase the price discovery capacity.

 

4: PROJECT COMPONENT/OUTCOMES

 

ü  Reduced transaction costs

ü  Reduced post-harvest losses

ü  Increased farmers access to finance

 

 

5: PROJECT COMMODITY FOCUS;

 

The project will focus mainly on maize, paddy and legumes.  Those lend themselves to ease of production by resource – poor farmers with potential to significantly increase farmer’s incomes in the rural areas of the 5 districts. 

 

5: GEOGRAPHICAL FOCUS:

 

The project organizes farmers in the five districts of the southern part of Tanzania which accounts for 28.5% of Tanzania’s total area and produces 50% of grains in the country.  The districts have been selected not only in line with AGRA’S focus but also potential for collaboration with other complementary project interventions like SAGCOT, Southern Highland food Systems by FAO, the grantee’s previous work with farmers in the areas with projects like PESA – (Private Enterprises Support Activities), Building rural incomes through Association (BRITA) and the success promise of interventions on the targeted and commodities in the four districts. The districts are Iringa rural, Kilolo, Njombe, Wanging’ombe and Mbarali

 

 

S/N

Village

DISTRICT

DISTANCE FROM IRINGA TOWN

No. of farmers targeted

1

MANGALALI

IRINGA®

20 KMS

1,400

2

IBUMILA

NJOMBE

185 KMS

1,500

3

LUMULI

IRINGA®

62 KMS

1,650

4

NG”URUHE

KILOLO

62 KMS

1,400

5

UKUMBI

KILOLO

65 KMS

1,300

6

ISUKA

WANGING’OMBE

185 KMS

1,300

7

ITULAHUMBA

WANGING’OMBE

184 KMS

1,800

8

MAMBEGU

WANGING’OMBE

190KMS

950

9

MADIBIRA-MKUNYWA

MBARALI

190 KMS

1,500

10

MADIBIRA-MAMCOS

MBARALI

190 KMS

2,200

 

TOTAL

 

 

15,000

 

Awards and Recognitions

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