Increase in vegetable production and value addition in Singida region

  • Project Name
    KUWAKI: Kuwezesha Wanawake katika Kilimo
  • Project Phase
    2012 to 2018
  • Funding
    This project is an European Union mandate.

To address the challenges from 2012 to 2014, Helvetas Tanzania implemented a three years KUWAKI project which is the Swahili acronym of "Kuwezesha Wanawake katika Kilimo" meaning "Empowering Women Through Agriculture" in the Singida Region, specifically in five districts namely Mkalama, Ikungi, Iramba, Singida Rural and Urban. The project reached over 800 households organized into 40 women farmer groups.

It was anticipated that after three years, women would have access to additional economic opportunities, benefit from them and thereby increase food security of their household and reduce gender inequalities in agriculture. To reach this, farmer groups were trained in: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for vegetable production, Village Saving and Lending (VSL model), tomato and green leaf processing and entrepreneurship as well as a simple pedal pumps for small-scale irrigation were promoted.

Based on notable achivements obtained in this first phase, Helvetas managed to secure funding (78% of the project total budget) from the European Union to scale-up. Currently, the project worked with 100 farmers' groups representing over 2,500 poor households, and 15 wards in 66 villages of three districts namely Singida Rural, Mkalama and Iramba.

Preparation of Demo plots using good agricultural practices
Irrigation of the onions demo plot
Tomatoes Demo plot
«There is a thought that poverty is a public failure; poverty is man-made by action and non-action - poverty can be eliminated.»

Hon. Benjamin Mkapa,  Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Preparation of spinach for drying and packaging
Onions drying process
Processed products from tomatoes including tomato paste and tomato wine

Climate change have been a challange to the vegetable farmers in Singida. Sudden change in weather patterns and uneven raifall distribution affect the production of onions and tomatoes.  However through HELVETAS initiative now farmers have access to water through drilled wells and pedal pumps that allow the flow of water in farms.

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How Helvetas Supports People in Tanzania

Increasing income opportunities for farmers and improving primary education are some of our priorities in Tanzania.