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The partnership

Four partners will be involved in the project:

1) Research, Community and Organisational Development Associates (RECODA),

2) Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

3) Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Tanzania and

4) ADRA Denmark.

From 2018 until the end of 2019 ADRA Denmark worked with RECODA on the introduction of the RIPAT approach in the Action for Social Change programme in Burundi. RECODA has a MoU with SUA under which they are implementing the current project and collaborating on research and introduction of the RIPAT approach to students and academic staff at the university. It is under this MOU ADRA Denmark started working with SUA in the development of this project.

 

Graduation activities for eight (8) phase one groups after completion of 14 training sessions and market visits. This was conducted from 5th Oct to 14th October, 2021.Only 169farmers (92 Females and 77Males) graduated out of 189 farmers (108 Females and 81 Males). The remaining 20 farmers failed to graduate due to poor attendance and thus failed to complete all sessions. Each group held its own graduation ceremony in their villages. During the graduation ceremonies, the local leaders attended

 

Group Village Female Male Number of farmers graduated Total number of farmer registered at the start Local leaders who attended the graduation events
Tupendane Tangeni 13 14 27 27 0
Uchumi Tangeni 11 9 20 23 6
Mshikamano Kauzeni 12 5 17 21 8
Faraja Mgambazi 12 17 29 28 5
Maendeleo Magadu 10 5 15 21 0
Mashujaa Kipera 15 9 24 24 6
Tukalegoya Mkuyuni 6 11 17 22 3
Umoja Mlali 13 7 20 23 3
92 77 169 189 31

N:B Tupendane and Uchumi groups organized graduation ceremony together on the same day, while Maendeleo and Faraja also did the same .

 

During the graduation each group was issued with a weighing scale. This was to enhance proper measuring of farmers’ produce during the selling. Eight weighing scales were distributed to group’s one scale for each group, in all the graduation ceremonies

General Observations during FMS graduation

  • A total of 169 farmers(92 Females and 77 Male) graduated and awarded certificate and FMS T-shirts
  • Farmers were delighted to received weighting scales during graduation. Hence they are capable of measuring their produces using standard measurement before taking produces to markets places.
  • During FMS graduation farmers groups prepared a role plays which summarize many sessions captured during the FMS trainings, therefore audience got a message and were overwhelmed by the role plays.
  • The organization of the graduation activities was done by farmers themselves hence it showed extent of farmer’s empowerment in FMS trainings.

Lessons learned during FMS graduation

  • Farmers were excited to use standard measurement of weigh before taking their produces to markets.
  • Farmers understood better to produce the crops according to market needs.
  • The self confidence and bargaining power of farmers enhanced
  • Farmers understood better the use of seasonal /market calendar
  • Farmers are starting searching for new markets of their produces
  • The engagement of local leaders and farmers is vital for project achievements and sustainability. In our case the local leaders are overwhelmed by the project approach which emphasized on the farmers’ involvement.

Kilimo na Masoko” – “Farming for the Market” – a Pilot Project in Morogoro, Tanzania

This is a pilot project aimed at verifying the complementarity and synergy of the Rural Initiatives for Participatory Agricultural Transformation (RIPAT) approach, which is already being successfully implemented in Tanzania, and the Farmer Market School (FMS) approach, which has shown positive results in other countries. An encouraging result is expected as RIPAT and FMS are built on the same methodology and this will be a holistic approach to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. The proposed project will be undertaken in Morogoro where there is an on-going RIPAT project.

While the RIPAT approach has proven to work well in bridging the agricultural technology gap for increased productivity, there are limitations in aspects related to agricultural marketing. Situation analysis conducted in the project areas revealed challenges related to crop and livestock marketing as well as production. The idea entailed in the proposed project is thus, as mentioned, to combine the RIPAT approach and the FMS approach in building the farmers’ capacity to produce and market their crops. FMS focuses on enabling smallholder farmers to explore and analyse the market to better understand the dynamics that determine the market and the value chains.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE (ToR) FOR CONSULTANCY TO CONDUCT ENDLINE EVALUATION SURVEY FOR THE PROJECT “VALIDATION AND POPULARIZATION OF THE RIPAT APPROACH THROUGH SUA COMMUNITY” IN MOROGORO

 INTRODUCTION

Briefs on RECODA and its collaboration with SUA

Research, Community and Organizational Development Associates (RECODA) is a Non-Governmental Organization established in 2000 and registered in 2001. The organization focuses on bridging technology gaps in development through research and development, consultancy, capacity building, and facilitating community-based projects geared towards poverty alleviation, food security, and environmental conservation. The organization envisions a prosperous, strong, sustainable, and enlightened community free of poverty and ignorance. RECODA has Headquarters in Arusha and site offices in Karatu, Singida, Ilongero, Dodoma, and Morogoro. Read more…

The Guest of Honour, Prof. Maulid Mwatawala (standing), gives a word of thanks to RECODA for their cooperation with SUA through the RIPAT-SUA project for enhancing the agricultural value chain. On this occasion, 352 farmers were awarded certificates for graduating from this project. 2nd from left  Prof Kabote Principal of CSSH, 3rd Dr. Ringo Director of RECODA

Student SUA 54 from Bsc. Human Nutrition And Bsc. Family and consumer science course conducting RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM / Project Monitoring and Evaluation Course, which is taught underof the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, visited Mkuyuni Village in Mzumbe Morogoro. had a good time visiting the model farm group of Peace Farmers, students learned to learn how to evaluate different approaches and projects done by RIPAT SUA and RECODA


Another group of students asking questions to the vice-director from RECODA, first from left Mr T. Tarimo

Kilimo Endelevu programme is a sustainable agricultural project which is implemented in Karatu district by several partners. Kilimo Endelevu Programme aims to contribute to strengthen economic, environmental and social performances of the actors of sustainable family farming for the communities of Karatu District located in Arusha Region, Tanzania.

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