Kilimo Bora cha Matunda na Mbogamboga kwa Wanawake na Vijana (KIBOWAVI)

  • Project Name
    Kilimo Bora cha Matunda na Mbogamboga kwa Wanawake na Vijana (KIBOWAVI) project
  • Project Phase
    2020 to 2024
  • Funding
    European Union
  • Thematic focus
    Private Sector Development

The horticultural industry is the fastest growing  agriculture subsector with the growth rate of 8-10% per year. Despite this growth, the Tanzania Horticulture Development strategy (THDS)  2012—2021identifies several challenges in horticulture value chains, including low productivity due to poor access and adaptation o improved cultivars and input, low adherence to good agricultural and nutrition practices, poor postharvest  management (PHM) techniques and infrastructure resulting  in large losses.

An appraisal of the horticulture sector in the Southern Highlands conducted by HELVETAS in December 2018 confirmed that the sector is dominated by small-scale farmers, mostly women  and youth, and characterized by low productivity and gaps in good agriculture practices ( GHP).

Beside this study, the proposed action has been developed and the project is conducted in three proposed regions in Mbeya, Songwe  and Katavi.

KIBOWAVI project is expected to benefit 75,000 rural people, including 15,000 directly targeted poor smallholders farmers (at least 70% women and 50% youth). 



Watermelon farming is becoming an income generating activity for youth.
Women leaning about strawberry farming on a pilot farm
Ginger harvest in Rungwe.
Dried cardamom ready for use.