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The Importance of Smallholder Farmers

Tanzania boasts a population of over 16 million smallholder farmers, who each play a pivotal role in ensuring food production and contributing to the country's economy. However, these farmers encounter significant challenges that hinder their productivity and income potential. In this blog series, we will delve into the importance of smallholder farmers in Tanzania, shed light on the obstacles they face, and explore the interventions implemented by Fintrac Global to empower them.



Smallholder farmers in Tanzania are the backbone of the agricultural sector, accounting for more than 75% of the nation's total agricultural output and engaging over 70% of the rural population. Despite their essential contribution, these farmers confront various obstacles such as climate change, soil degradation, limited access to markets, insufficient inputs, and lack of credit facilities.


At Fintrac Global, we understand the significance of smallholder farmers in Tanzania and are dedicated to implementing interventions that address their challenges. One of our primary interventions involves expanding the breadth and capacity of existing extension service providers in sustainable farming and improved production practices, including use of good agricultural practices, drip irrigation, integrated pest management, and soil fertility management. By equipping farmers with these practices, we enable them to enhance their yields, preserve natural resources, and adapt to changing environmental conditions.


In parallel, we actively promote the adoption of improved seeds, fertilizers, and other essential inputs to boost agricultural productivity and reduce post-harvest losses. Through partnerships with local suppliers and distributors, we ensure smallholder farmers have access to high-quality inputs at affordable prices.


A critical aspect of empowering smallholder farmers in Tanzania is establishing strong market linkages. We facilitate this by providing market information, such as pricing trends, market demand, and quality standards. Additionally, we work with local cooperatives, traders, and processors to create sustainable market linkages and bulk purchase and sales agreements for smallholder farmers. By connecting them to reliable markets, we help farmers secure fair prices for their produce and access broader market opportunities.


To amplify our impact, we collaborate closely with local organizations, stakeholders, and government bodies to advocate for supportive policies and programs. By engaging in policy dialogue and influencing decision-making processes, we strive to improve access to resources, financial services, and agricultural extension services for smallholder farmers in Tanzania. By increasing productivity and boosting income, we uplift the overall quality of life and contribute to the reduction of poverty, enhancing rural development and ensuring sustainable agricultural practices in Tanzania.


Sources:


Tanzania Agriculture Sector Development Programme II (ASDP II) 2016-2021

Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania: Challenges and Opportunities

Tanzania Agriculture Status Report 2020

USAID/Tanzania


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