AfDB’s board of directors recently approved a US$2.5mn grant, supporting around 10,000 small horticultural businesses in Tanzania
The programme aims to increase the production and marketing of horticultural products to combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It includes promoting sustainable and climate-smart agricultural and agro-ecological techniques and management strategies for biodiversity and landscapes, thereby boosting production, climate consultancy services and post-harvest management.
The scheme which will be implemented in four regions namely, the rural district of Morogoro, Mvomero district in Morogoro region; Wanging’ombe district in Njombe region, and Kaskazini ‘A’ and ‘B’ districts in Unguja, Zanzibar, targets five value chains which include spices such as cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and garlic; tomatoes; peas; green beans and potatoes.
At least five climate resilient sorting, classification, packing, packaging and storage facilities will be built along with a multi-purpose, climate-resilient processing facility for spices which will be established in the Morogoro district.
Through this project, small operators in Tanzania will get a chance to improve the efficiency of their agricultural activities, substantially increasing the volume and quality of products per unit of surface area.