Rural Livelihoods Development Programme Tanzania

The rural poverty in Central Tanzania is manifested by very low incomes and frequent food shortages including lack of reliable markets and employment opportunities. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation contributed to improve the welfare and livelihood in this region through the development of agriculture-related sub-sectors.
The Rural Livelihoods Development Programme (RLDP) operated in six poverty-stricken semi-arid regions of Central Tanzania, namely Morogoro, Dodoma, Singida, Shinyanga, Tabora and Manyara. It aimed at reducing rural poverty by improving the access of small rural producers to agricultural markets. The programme followed a market facilitation approach (making markets work for the poor - M4P). It intends to stimulate sustainable changes in market systems so that poor people can benefit.

The programme addressed market constraints in six sub-sectors, namely cotton, sunflower, diary, rice, poultry and rural radio as well as financial services. In these areas, the programme strengthened the existing value chains by addressing the mismatch between supply and demand, improved the supporting services, and created an enabling business environment (rules, regulations, standards, etc). The partners included private sector companies, producers’ organisations, local government authorities, national governmental agencies. An important role of the programme was to foster a common vision for sub-sector development among potential programme partners and stakeholders.

Technical assistance was provided by a consortium formed by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Swisscontact. The programme started in 2005 and finished end of 2015. Until the end of 2011, around 80,000 rural households have benefited from the programme by increasing their income from new or improved economic activities.

This was a project mandate implemented on behalf of SDC.

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  • Cotton
  • Rice
  • Sunflower
  • Rural Radio
  • Poultry, Gender & HIV
  • Rural Advisory Services

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