Project NameKUWAKI: Kuwezesha Wanawake katika Kilimo
Project Phase2012 to 2018
FundingThis 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.
Hon. Benjamin Mkapa, Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
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.