Pamoja Kwa Mafanikio: Working Together for Prosperous Livelihoods

Project Period: October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2018

This four year project targets small-holder farmers in Karagwe and Kyerwa districts of northwestern Tanzania. LWR is partnering with Kagera District Cooperative Union (KDCU) to strengthen the organization’s capacity to provide quality services to its members and to increase the resilience of farmers to coffee price volatility and a changing climate.

Background

The income farmers in this community earn from coffee and other value chains is low. Of the 139,718 households in Karagwe and Kyerwa districts of northwestern Tanzania, 70% of them depend on coffee (primarily robusta) as the leading source of income. At the moment, farmers do not operate their farms from a business approach. Coffee productivity is low and reliance on coffee for cash crop brings risks if the crop fails or market prices crash. Farmers’ cultivation practices do not optimize quality and quantity, especially in the context of a changing climate. Farmers have not yet utilized the potential of producing beans for the market as alternative cash crop.

Kagera District Cooperative Union (KDCU) and its 81 member rural primary cooperative societies (RPCS) are potentially viable entities for delivering business services required by farmers to increase their benefits from coffee value chains, but these entities are weak and operate in an unsustainable manner. Major challenges KDCU faces are the poor business strategies, inefficient operations and weak ties between the member RPCS which they are to support. This has resulted in low performance and thus inability to effectively provide services required to foster growth of the coffee value chain in the districts and ensure benefits to members.

Goal

The project will contribute to increasing resilience of the target farmers to coffee price volatility and a changing climate with the strategic objective that farmers in Karagwe and Kyerwa districts are resilient to coffee price volatility and a changing climate.

Objective #1

Targeted farmers’ organizations operate viable businesses

  • Targeted farmers’ organizations provide quality services.
  • Targeted farmers’ organizations have effective and efficient business operations.
  • Targeted farmers’ organizations provide quality services.

Objective #2

Targeted small-holder coffee farmers have diversified their income sources.

  • Targeted farmers implement sound, diversified agriculture to respond to variable markets and climate.
  • Targeted farmers invest in and track their production and marketing activities.

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