The NAFAKA Staples Value Chain Activity is a $30 million project funded by USAID under the Tanzania Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative. It integrates agricultural, gender, environment, and nutritional development efforts to improve smallholder farmer productivity and profitability within the maize and rice value chains in Morogoro (Kilombero and Mvomero Districts), Dodoma (Kongwa district), and Manyara (Kiteto District). NAFAKA’s goal is to sustainably reduce poverty and food insecurity by increasing incomes for smallholder farmers, including men, women, and youth.
Aligning Efforts to Fight Hunger and Poverty
As part part of USAID’s FTF initiative in Tanzania, the project aligns with the FTF goal to harmonize regional hunger- and poverty-fighting efforts in countries with chronic food insecurity and insufficient production of staple crops.
The NAFAKA program works with rural communities and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture to analyze the local maize and rice value chains and develop a strategy to strengthen them. Increases in food availability, access and consumption are expected to ameliorate food insecurity and malnutrition in rural areas.
Overall, NAFAKA is
- Improving the competitiveness and productivity of maize and rice value chains
- Facilitating improved domestic and regional trade
- Expanding the depth and breadth of benefits from the growth of the maize and rice subsectors, including increased benefits to women and youth
- Enhancing rural household nutrition by promoting women-focused value chain development and improved consumption of a quality diet
As of September 2014, NAFAKA has benefited more than 100,000 Tanzanian households, with more than 80,000 farmers applying new technologies in rice and maize production.
Strengthening Associations to Facilitate Growth
Association strengthening is at the core of NAFAKA’s activities. Associations link individual farmers horizontally, allowing them to take advantage of economies of scale while providing a platform for engagement in commercial market activities. Additionally, on the project level, NAFAKA strengthens local partners to meet the demands of value chain actors. NAFAKA will provide these local entities with tailored trainings to strengthen the technical, administrative and financial capacity of the local service providers.
The NAFAKA project has nine subcontractors, each of which bring value and experience to the team.
Farm Input Promotions-Africa (FIPS); Rural and Urban Development Initiative (RUDI); Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA); Match Maker Associates (MMA)
International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC); Kimetrica; Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Danya International; Crown Agents; Associates for International Resources and Development (AIRD)
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