Past Project

Tanzania Staples Value Chain (NAFAKA)

Helping Tanzanian Smallholder Farmers Grow Maize and Rice


NAFAKA Project Brings New Fertilizer Technology to Zanzibar Rice Farmers

Using fertilizer continues to be one of the best ways to improve crop yields for smallholder farmers. Higher yields mean …

Producer Organizations Unleash Productivity with NAFAKA II Project

Moses Msafiri, 35, is a farmer and father of two from the village of Chisano in the Kilombero District of …

Tanzania NAFAKA II Project Helps Farmers Combat Fall Armyworm

Amos Ndaso, a 30-year-old agriculture advisor from the village of Mkombilenga, had the opportunity to receive training in how to …

Tanzania NAFAKA fertilizer rollout

Tanzania NAFAKA Supports Development and Roll Out of More Effective Fertilizer

Urea Deep Placement System Boosts Rice Yields The USAID Feed the Future Tanzanian Staples Value Chain (NAFAKA) project has supported …


The NAFAKA Staples Value Chain Activity was a five-year task order issued by USAID under the Tanzania Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and administered by ACDI/VOCA. NAFAKA integrated agricultural, gender, environment, and nutritional development efforts to improve smallholder farmer productivity and profitability within the rice and maize value chains in Morogoro (Kilombero and Mvomero Districts), Dodoma (Kongwa District), Manyara (Kiteto District), Mbeya, and Iringa on the mainland, as well as Pemba and Unguja in Zanzibar. NAFAKA’s goal was to sustainably reduce poverty and food insecurity by increasing incomes for smallholder farmers, including men, women, and youth.

  • Increase smallholder productivity and income from rice and maize farming
  • Increase adoption of new technologies (inputs, agricultural practices) by smallholder farmers
  • Expand the depth and breadth of benefits from the growth of the maize and rice subsectors, including increased benefits to women and youth
  • Increase private sector investment in smallholder agriculture
  • Facilitate improved domestic and regional trade
  • Conducted local demonstrations of improved technology packages (seed, inputs, GAP) in rice and maize chains
  • Improved sustainable access to farming information and inputs through village-based agents linked to commercial agrodealers
  • Strengthened farmer associations
  • Developed savings and internal lending community groups, savings and credit cooperatives, and contracted farming models to bring sustainable production finance to smallholders
  • 210 percent increase in rice yields
  • 12 percent increase in maize yields
  • 92,665 individuals have received agricultural training
  • 81,243 farmers are applying new technologies