In collaboration with the private sector, THE Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT) project aims to help over 6,000 farmers to increase productivity and income.
Through its Climate Innovation and Investment Facility (CIIF), CRAFT aims to leverage private sector stakeholder co-investment while fostering climate-smart solutions and developments in targeted value chains for agriculture.
“A number of companies have been motivated by the CRAFT project to take advantage of the resources available in the agricultural sector.
We have been able to invest in solar dryers and quality seed to sell to our farmers with the additional funds from the project. Once our farmers put into practice the good agronomic practices they have learned from our demonstration gardens, they will be able to get a better yield and increase their revenue, said Marketing Manager Rogimwa, Aloyce Kamuzora.
Rogimwa Agro-Company Limited, based in the Mbeya region, is one of the private sector players in the popular bean value chain that the CRAFT project is partnering with.
The project works with and through the private sector to foster technologies related to climate-smart agriculture at the level of farming systems and the value chain.
Through the collaboration, Rogimwa will not only help 6,000 farmers to raise their productivity and profits, but will also provide Rogimwa with a sustainable supply of high-quality farm produce.
Rogimwa has embarked on training its farmers with the grant funds obtained from the CRAFT project in climate smart practices such as post-harvest handling.
In order to help farmers dry their produce, the company has also set up aggregation points fitted with tarpaulins, moisture meters, weighing scales and solar dryers to produce higher quality beans and attract better prices.
Tanzanian companies and cooperatives operating in the sunflower, potato, common bean and sorghum value chains are funded by the CRAFT project.
The project is being carried out in Tanzania , Kenya and Uganda, with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.