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Advocacy for smallholder farmers’ households to secure access to agricultural productive land in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania

1.0 Project brief

Advocacy for smallholder farmers households’ secured access to agricultural productive land in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania is a three years project which aims to secure access to land for farming to at least 30% of the smallholder farmers households in the project area by the year 2015.

1.1 Funding partner

This project is funded by DKA-Austria and Welthus Graz.

1.2 target group

The direct beneficiaries of this project are smallholder farmers households each cultivating 2.5-3.0ha of land. A total of 300 farmers, among them 120 women farmers are involved in the project.

1.3 project location

Sumbawanga and Mbarali districts, a total of six wards.

1.4 problem addressed

Specifically the project address issues of land grabbing as a means by which the smallholder farmers’ households are dispossessed of their land through advocacy means.

Specifically this project aims to:-

  1. To increase community awareness and knowledge on land grabbing and its implication for smallholder farmers households livelihoods
  2. To build capacity of networks involved in advocacy against land grabbing at the community level to defend their land rights and access to land resources
  3. To provide legal support to communities so that they can defend their land rights and understand the legal aspects of land ownership especially the village land act of 1999.
  4. To enhance community land rights
  5. To build alliances and networks in order to mobilize resources and the general public in supporting the campaign against land grabbing
  6. To monitor implementation and measure project achievements

In the three years of the implementation the project will achieve the following outcomes

  • Increased community awareness on land grabbing
  • Enhanced capacity on of farmer forum and coalition on advocacy
  • Increased legal support for smallholder farmers households in defending their land rights
  • Improved capacity to communicate and promote advocacy messages
  • Increased level of networking and collaboration among the coalition members
  • Increased number of partners supporting the issue outside the project area
  • Increased public involvement on advocacy against land grabbing
  • Increased media understanding and coverage on land grabbing
  • Increased knowledge on the issues under advocacy by coalition members and MIICO staff

Empowering Women Smallholder Farmers in Rice Value Chain in Tanzania Project

1.0.Project Brief

Empowering women rice farmers is a three years project implemented by MIICO in partnership with SNV, WOPATA, Vijana Vsion Tanzania and MS-TCDC. the project aim to facilitate access to productive resources, improved rice-farming practices, access to structured market, and enhancing women’s agency and voice in their economic and social well-being.

1.1. Target group:

25,000Smallholder women farmers

1.2. Project location:

100 villages inMbarali, Kyela, Momba, Sumbawanga, Iringa and Kilombero districts

1.3. Problem Addressed:

Though women provide 70% of the labour for rice production, they do not control productive resources or utilisation of income, and so cannot ensure that rice production benefits themselves and their families. This in turn increases women’s socio-economic vulnerability.

Women have limited control over productive assets and income (MMA 2010; Masalawala 2013). The predominately patriarchal culture in the project area dictates inequitable gender roles in ownership and household decision making (Mmasa 2013). Women’s equitable access to and ownership of land is supported by the legal framework (Village Land Act, 1999) but, due to customary practices, land ownership by women (rather than access) is limited. Women only own 19% of titled land, limiting their access to collateral and hence access to finance. (World Bank 2007). Local Government is the main extension service provider. Women’s access to extension services is deterred as extension services are male dominated and pervaded by corrupt practices (Rutatora and Matee 2001). The lack of marketing policy and subsequent unstructured marketing for rice, with its male dominated buyers’ market, precludes women’s participation in markets. This situation is exacerbated by the current export ban and import of cheap rice such that the market for rice is often unfavourable.