Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) and Mtandao wa vikundi vya wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA)












Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) 



Address o the organisation: Gerezani Street,Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania

General e-mail

Phone number: +255 22 2124851

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:Dr. Sinare Y. SINARE

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson:

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson:+255 713 325000

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Mrs. Janet BITEGEKO (Executive Director)

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: /

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: + 255 22 2124851


Social Media: Facebook: @actanzania; YouTube: Agricultural Council of Tanzania; Twitter: @ACT_Tz


Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: National

Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: 1999

Context of creation: ACT was established in early 1999 under the name of the Tanzania Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock (TCAL). It was inaugurated in March 2000 by the then President William B. Mkapa. The organization changed its name to Agricultural Council of Tanzania – ACT on the 9th of November 2005.  It was created to be the mouthpiece of agricultural private sector stakeholders on issues related to the advancement of the agricultural industry in Tanzania. A group of 10 like-minded people are the founder members.

Legal status:  The organization is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee at the Tanzanian Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock and has no share capital.



Member organisations

Number of member organisations (for Unions or Federations): 97

Type of member organisations: farmer groups and associations, cooperatives, companies and institutions whose activities are related to agriculture (e.g. farming, livestock keeping, fisheries, beekeeping)

Name of main member organisations: Please see the full list of members here.

Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members:2,7 million (source: ACT 2016)

Type of members: producers, processors, traders, transporters, researchers, academicians

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: approximately 1.1 million



Governing Bodies: ACT’s supreme body is the members, Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM makes final decisions and appointments. Day-to-day activities are directed by the Board of Directors. The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting. Its life-span is three years.

Organization: ACT is member based composed of Private Sector Organisations – PSOs with varied interests and activities. Individual members are represented by their group, association, cooperative, institution or company. The PSOs attend scheduled and ad-hoc meetings or functions on behalf of their members. Such meetings / workshops / trainings are organised at different levels: District, regional, zonal and national.

Members’ representatives are responsible for shaping the course / direction of ACT. They collect issues from members and submit them for discussion at relevant forums, they participate in policy dialogues, data collection, and analysing research findings.



Strategic plan:ACT is now implementing its second Strategic Plan (2013 - 2018) which provides the direction, content and framework for ACT operations over the next five years. This plan focuses on four strategic goal areas: Lobbying and Advocacy; Capacity Building, Products and Services; Membership Engagement and ACT Sustainability.

Objective/s of the FO: ACT’s objective is to: (i) Strengthen ACT’s evidence –based lobbying and advocacy work on key policy issues impacting the agricultural sector, (ii) Strengthen ACT’s ability to develop and deliver organizational, technical and management capacity programs and services to ACT members, (iii) Increase member’s awareness of ACT programs, capacity building services, and financial resources, to retain at least 85 percent of members, while doubling membership base by 2018 and (iv) Diversify financial resources so as to enable ACT to attain 20 percent budgetary sustainability by 2018.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  Vision: To be a leading private sector apex organization, pursuing the prosperity of all Tanzanian agricultural stakeholders. ACT works for poverty reduction and an improved standard of living for Tanzanians by unifying all members of the agricultural community in the country, promoting and coordinating agricultural interests and supporting and improving the economical and organizational environment for the agricultural sector. Mission: Advocate for a conducive environment for agribusiness, and provide appropriate services to enhance productivity and profitability of the agricultural community.



Main areas/sectors of intervention: Lobbying and advocacy; capacity building; information production and sharing; provision of economic services.

Main activities:

Lobbying and advocacy. ACT pushes for policies that provide a conducive environment for its members and the entire agricultural community in Tanzania through policy research, analysis and advocacy and lobbying actions vis-à-vis the Government of Tanzania. In particular, ACT is the principal stakeholder in championing incentives to: attract investments in agriculture; establish the allocation of adequate land for farming and livestock keeping; stop prohibitive land rents imposed on agricultural land; call for tax exemptions on agricultural inputs and equipment; push for the liberalization of food commodities businesses and cross border trade; establish the Agriculture Development Bank.ACT has influenced positive actions and changes through their lobbying and advocacy activities. Main actions and achievements include the following:

  • Putting agriculture on top of the political agenda through Kilimo Kwanza Resolve (2009). ACT was among the architects of the Kilimo Kwanza Resolution, a national resolve to accelerate agricultural transformation. It comprises a holistic set of policy instruments and strategic interventions towards addressing the various sectoral challenges and taking advantage of the numerous opportunities to modernize and commercialize agriculture in Tanzania (Learn more here);
  • Establishment of the SAGCOT. ACT coordinated the establishment of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) initiative, an evidence to  materialise the implementation of Kilimo Kwanza[1]. ACT continues to support SAGCOT through chairing Board meetings and Annual General Meetings. Also it provides guidance in the implementation of  the SAGCOT Catalytic Fund;
  • Increase of public expenditure in the agricultural sector. In the financial year 2000/2001 the Government spent 2.1 percent of its total budget for the agriculture sector. Lobbying and advocacy actions enabled gradual budgetary increases reaching 7.7 percent in year 2010/2011 (although a budgetary decline was reigstered in the period 2015 / 2016 with 4.5 percent of budget allocation to the agriculture sector);
  • Incentive package for the agricultural sector. ACT was instrumental in creating attractive incentives to invest in agriculture. This was done through policy dialogues to streamline land taxation, reducing taxes on agro-inputs and machineries, revisiting crop levies / cess, and improving the general agribusiness policy environment;
  • Establishment of the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) and the Agricultural window at Tanzania Investment Bank in the interim. The idea to create a special financial institution to cater for the agricultural community originates from ACT. TADB was launched in 2015 and it is providing financial support at affordable terms to small scale farmers and agribusinesses. ACT is represented by two members on the TADB Board;
  • Reduction / removal of taxes in the agricultural sector (e.g. on agricultural inputs and implements; 100 percent VAT on airfreight, the supply of goods and services to the organized farming for the purpose of building irrigation canals.  In 2015 the agricultural land rent was reduced from Tsh.1,000/- to 400/- per acre in rural areas, and from Tsh.10,000/- to Tsh.5,000/- per acre  in urban areas. ACT is continuing to lobby for removal of uncalled for crop levies and multiple regulations);
  • Signature of MoU with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (2016). The signing of the MoU reflects the spirit of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP). The main objective is to build, promote and strengthen the private sector to effectively participate in the development of the agricultural sector. In this spirit, ACT has instituted collaborative and innovative processes in the effective use of the Public Private Dialogue (PPD) platforms at District Level. These platforms are providing direction to ACT members, guaranteeing coherence in the network through forward planning and resource availability, as well as sustaining continuous dialogue with public sector in collaboration with members at District level.

Information production and sharing. ACT disseminates agricultural information to members (via its newsletter) to increase awareness of ACT programmes and activities, also enable members to access to technical expertise and services.

Provision of economic services. A central pillar of ACT’s work is to promote agribusiness and facilitate and coordinate Private Public partnerships. For example, ACT:

  • Coordinates the Tanzania Agricultural Input Partnership (TAIP) programme, consisting of public institutions, private companies and national and international organisations (e.g. the International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD and NORAD) coordinated by ACT. The goal is to reduce poverty among rural people by delivering appropriate agricultural inputs and improving output markets for farmers’ produce. TAP is enabling key actors e.g. NMB, YARA, John Deere, Rapha Group, Mtenda Ltd to deliver services to farmers and other rural based entrepreneurs;
  • Since 2014 has been hosting the Regional Agribusiness Conferences,bringing together local and international stakeholders, investors and suppliers to showcase their products and services. Also to set strategic plans aiming at accelerating regional growth and market accessibilities in the Eastern Africa agricultural corridors

Capacity Building: ACT is committed to enhancing the capacity of its members to help them become more professional, efficient and effective organizations. In this regard, ACT provides: (i) practical solutions to identified members’ problems; (ii) organizes seminars, workshops and meetings on relevant issues; and (iii) conducts trainings based on need assessments (e.g. skills in effective lobbying and advocacy, leadership and transparency, and effective communication).

Main products of members: most of ACT's members are engaged in crop and livestock production along the value chain. The main crops are coffee, tea, tobacco, sugar cane, cashew nuts, sisal, maize, paddy and horticultural crops. As regards to livestock, most of ACT's members are occupied with cattle and poultry keeping for meat, milk and eggs.



Main partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Agra, Better Environment Strengthening in Tanzania- Dialogue (BEST- Dialogue), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, East African Business Council, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), European Union (EU),Foundation for Civil Society, IFAD, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries  (MLF), Ministry of Industries, Trade and Marketing, NORAD, farmers’ organisations, development partners (for SAGCOT partners, see the full list here), Swiss Development Agency (SDC), Yara International

Main projects:

  • TRANS- Sec (2013 - 2018), funded by Germany Federal Ministry of Education – GFME, co-funded by Research and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperations and Development - RFECD. The main activity is to identify policy issues as they merge in the course of project implementation & develop a platform for discussion and policy recommendations;
  • Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) (2013-2017) (IFAD, EU, SDC, AFD financing), a capacity building programme supporting the institutional development of farmers’ organisations. ACT participates in the SFOAP as a member of theSouthern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU);
  • Institutionalization and adopting the Commodity Investment Plans (CIPs) at District Level (2016 - 2017), funded by NORAD. The main activity is to evaluate levels of adoption, institulazation and impact of CIPs in the Local Government Authorities, and its intergration within DADPs;
  • Effective Regulations of the Tanzania Cotton Industry (2016-2017), funded by BEST-Dialogue. The main activity is to research the regulatory frameworks governing the operations in the cotton value chain, ultimately to come up with policy recommendations for reforms geared towards improved regulatory environment to enable the sector to grow, and following up on the major policy reforms;
  • Rationalizing multiple regulations in Tanzanian agriculture: The case of fisheries sub-sector (2016 - 2017), funded by BEST-Dialogue. The main activity is to research / investigate the regulatory environment in fisheries value chain, and come up with policy recommendations, publication and media engagement;
  • Effective enforcement of laws and regulations to combat the distribution of counterfeit of agricultural inputs (2016) (funded by NORAD). The main activity is to research on regulatory frameworks governing the flow of agricultural inputs along the supply chain and how they influence farmers productivity and incomes;

Membership in other organisations: ACT is affiliated to several national and regional organisations. E.g. Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) and through them the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO), Eastern Africa Business Council (EABC) and the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU). Internationally, it is a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth.



  • ACT, ACT Newsletters from 2011 to 2016. Available here
  • ACT, PolicyBrief 2, Land Rent: Disincentive to investment and commercialization of Tanzania agriculture, September 2011. Available here
  • ACT, PolicyBrief 1, A stumbling block to agricultural revolution in Tanzania, September 2011. Available here
  • ACT, Poisition Paper Agricultural Sector Contribution to the Proposal Paper on Tanzania’s Local Content Policy, 2014. Available here
  • IFAD/SFOAP, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase (including case studies related to success stories), 2013, Availablehere.
  • B. Jenkins, “Mobilizing the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania”. Harvard Kennedy School, 2012. Available here


Last update: November 2016


[1]SAGCOT is an agricultural partnership designed to improve agricultural productivity, food security and livelihoods in Tanzania. It was initiated at the World Economic Forum Africa summit in May 2010, following which the SAGCOT Investment Blueprint was launched nationally and internationally at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos. The Investment Blueprint showcases investment opportunities in the Corridor and lays out a framework of institutions and activities required to reap the development potential.




Mtandao wa vikundi vya wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA)




Address of the organisation: P.O. Box 3220 Morogoro, Tanzania

General e-mail address:

Phone number: + 255 23 293 2026

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:Veronica Sofu

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson: + 255 764 435 191

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Stephen RUVUGA (Executive Director)

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: 

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: +255 787 389 247

N.B. Contact details of Middle Level Networks are available here



Social Media: Facebook, Twitter


Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: National (MVIWATAoperates in all regions of Tanzania, and has members throughout the country both in the Mainland and Zanzibar).


Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: Founded in 1993, formally registered the 18th September 1995

Context of creation: MVIWATA was founded in 1993 by small scale farmers for the purpose of creating a national platform that provide space for farmers to discuss their affairs and chart joint strategies and actions. The Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), through its Strengthening Communication Project (SUA-SCOM), guided the initial process in the formation of MVIWATA.

In 2003, the organisation's constitution was rewritten with a conscious emphasis on regional networking, lobbying and advocacy in order to attain national outreach and impact. This new emphasis effectively turned MVIWATA's focus away from extension and towards developing human capacities for farmer groups through multiple-level networking.

Legal status:  MVIWATA was registered in 1995 under the Society Ordinance Act (Reg. no. SO 8612), and in 2000 as the Trust Fund. On 27th September 2007 MVIWATA received a compliance certificate under the NGO Act of 2002 (Reg. no 1930). Under this Act, MVIWATA is a non-profit private organisation.




Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members: Members of MVIWATA are small-scale farmers organised in groups. MVIWATA has about 200,000 members and over 3,000,000 beneficiaries

Type of members: small scale farmers (crop producers, fishers and pastoralists)

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: More that 30% of the members are women.



Governing Bodies: The Annual General Meeting (AGM), the supreme body in the organisation of MVIWATA; the Board of Directors (constituted by 9 elected members every three years); the Council (composed of the board members and leaders of the middle level networks); the National Secretariat and middle level networks which comprise of steering committees and secretariat.

Organization: MVIWATA operates in 26 regions (21 middle level networks) both in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. MVIWATA is organised into three levels as follows:

  • National level. It comprises all members of the network as represented by the AGM, the Council, the Board of Directors and the management team.
  • Middle level. It iscomposed of farmers’ networks at regional or district level. It has a Steering Committee and has the responsibility of mobilising members in its area. Where a management of middle level network exists, it has the responsibilities of providing technical support to member and resource mobilisation. Middle level networks liaise with the national level and local networks;
  • Local networks. These are farmers groups organised in networks at village and ward levels and are the building blocks of the middle level and national networks.



Strategic plan:Mviwata has an advocacy-led strategic plan covering the period 2017 – 2021. The five strategic goals of the plan are the following:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Enhanced land security to smallholder farmers
  • Strategic Goal 2: Small scale farmers are in control of sustainable production systems
  • Strategic Goal 3: Inclusive financial access & security for smallholder farmers enhanced
  • Strategic Goal 4: Smallholder farmers’ access and control in agricultural markets enhanced
  • Strategic Goal 5: Institutional capacity of MVIWATA strengthened

Objective/s of the FO:

  • To facilitate communication among small scale farmers in order to build collective strategies for defending farmers interests;
  • To facilitate exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas on farming and activities which aim at improving the livelihood of farmers;
  • To represent small holder farmers in matters and decision making bodies of interest to smallholder farmers.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  Slogan: “Mtetezi wa Mkulima ni Mkulima Mwenyewe (“The defender of the farmer is the farmer himself”). Vision statement of MVIWATA:“Empowered smallholder farmers working together to advocate, defend and advance their interests by influencing policies and systems. Mission statement of MVIWATA:To unite smallholder farmers in groups and networks to advocate and protect the interest of farmers through capacity development, facilitating communication and learning, research, lobbying and advocacy on policies and systems”.



Main areas/sectors of intervention: Policy engagement; Capacity building; Collecting and disseminating of information

Main activities:

Policy engagement. MVIWATA works on issues of interest to small-scale farmers and to ensure representation of farmers’ views in the policies that affect them. MVIWATA has developed strong relationships outside its own network at the regional, national and international levels, which has made it influential at higher policy levels. Examples of such relationships include policy research institutes, land rights research institutes, poverty alleviation research institutes, and other regional networks. Some examples of key results achieved by MVIWATA are listed below:

  • Policy studies and analysis. With the support of  different partners MVIWATA conducted different policy research studies, including the following: (i) a review of current agricultural and marketing related policies in order to identify gaps and opportunities for developing capacity assessment; (ii) a study on coffee marketing system in Kagera Region; (iii) the identification of the State of affairs regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Tanzania; (iv)  land conflicts in Tanzania: causes and solutions; (v) the seed policy and legal frameworks in Tanzania; (vi) an analysis of food and agriculture related policies in Tanzania; (vii) a study to assess factors hindering use of standard measurements in potato trading (which was conducted with the support of the Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme - SFOAP). MVIWATA has been using findings of studies as advocacy tools to policy makers for the interests of smallholder farmers once completed.
  • Organization of farmer’s fora and policy dialogue. Policy dialogue through different farmer forums organized by MVIWATA with policy makers enabled the organization to advocate for the government to address farmer’s challenges on access to land, markets, extension services and other farmers’ challenges. Findings from the studies conducted by MVIWATA were used as tools for advocating on smallholders interests. The dialogues and forums organised by MVIWATA facilitated effective communication and collaboration between policy makers and farmers. The dialogue also offered an opportunity for MVIWATA members to understand various agricultural related policies and how they affect their agricultural activities.
  • Public expenditures and transparency. MVIWATA has a role in the Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS), an instrument devised by civil society to enable local communities to monitor public expenditure by local governments. The application of this instrument was even welcomed by the local government staff who also benefited from the dialogues organised by MVIWATA on transparency and accountability;
  • Provision of legal support on human rights and land issues for farmers for small scale farmers.MVIWATA has been supporting Legal Aid Services, and has facilitated training to paralegals who also offer legal aid to farmers at local levels. To enhance land ownership MVIWATA has also been creating awareness on the process of Acquiring Title deeds and facilitating acquiring of title deeds, especially to women headed families.

Economic empowerment. MVIWATA works to enable small-scale famers to become economically empowered through initiatives such as savings and credit, market linkages and development of entrepreneurship skills. In particular:

  • MVIWATA improved living standards of small-scale farmers through different interventions including supporting availability/accessibility of extension services for small-scale farmers, facilitating market linkages and entrepreneurship, supporting more than 150 rural micro finance institutions with more than TZS 2 billion given to members as loan annually. MVIWATA facilitated the construction of 10 rural markets which are under farmer supervision in the Morogoro, Dodoma, Tanga, Njombe, Iringa, Mbeya and Rukwa regions. The markets have become a trading centre with availability of different services like weighing scales and market information, thus enabling a transparent trading of agricultural produce. The markets also provide good shading and security for farmers and traders to do business. Findings of a study conducted to assess the impact of rural markets constructed by MVIWATA indicate that they resulted in the following: (i) an increase in crop outputs in the areas of influence of the respective markets; (ii) an increase in farm income since the markets were constructed, acknowledged by stakeholders; (iii) the creation of employment in involved communities; (iv) an increase in selling price of the crops; (v) the growth of town around markets; (vi) the attraction of other services like banks, hotels, shops, restaurant etc.; (vii) significant contribution to Local Government Authorities budgets;
  • MVIWATA set up an agricultural market information system (MAMIS) in 2008 in order to: (i) facilitate the process of choice and decision making for farmers: date, traders / middlemen and the place for sale of agricultural products; (ii) improve negotiations capacity of the farmers by knowing the price of agricultural products on the markets; (iii) ensure better transparency on the market of agricultural products by decreasing the level of suspicion from the producers to traders and collectors; (iv) sensitize farmers to take their commodities to the markets and facilitate linkages between farmers and traders. MAMIS collects regularly information on the price of agricultural products, quantities traded from different markets, the numbers of buyers and sellers. After analysis and summarising, MVIWATA diffuses it to different actors in the agricultural value chain in order to enhance market transparency and assist market actors in their decisions. To learn more on this initiative, please click here.

Capacity building. MIVWATA works on capacity building of small-scale farmers on questions relating to leadership, advocacy, economic skills (such as marketing, savings and credits and income generating activities) and on cross cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS and gender. Capacity building is done through residential trainings, organising forums and facilitating learning and sharing visit among farmers. Capacity building is done using MVIWATA staff positioned in the field at district and regional levels (more than 50 staff) and using Lead Farmers commonly known as Promoters. Promoters are unpaid farmers who are trained on different topics so as to train their fellow farmers at village level. In addition to trainings conducted at village levels, MVIWATA has a training programme and four training Centres in Morogoro and Dodoma which are being used as centres for training for the Lead Farmers.  Examples of training conducted to farmers include training on group management, leadership, Public Expenditure Tracking System, entrepreneurship development and farming as business. Practical trainings are also conducted to farmers on different agricultural practices in different crops (maize, paddy, vegetables) especially using demonstration plots.  

Information generation and sharing

  • News and media. MVIWATA collects and disseminates information on experiences and knowledge of farmers through publications such as the Pambazuko quarterly newsletter titled ‘The Voice of Farmers’, the weekly radio program called the « Voice of MVIWATA », and other publications; MVIWATA has also been engaging public media (Radio, Television, newspaper) in different activities so as to air farmers voice;
  • Workshop and local produce promotion. MVIWATA organises farmers’ dialogue and forums (such as workshops and meetings, study tours, exchange visits) and facilitates farmer participation to agricultural shows where they can market their products and enhance their learning.

Relations with stakeholders/networking. MVIWATA’s strategy is partly based on its ability to develop partnership. MVIWATA liaises with an important number of local, national and international actors. Some are from the private sector while others are from the government sector.

Main products of members: MVIWATA members are engaged in production of all crops depending on their geographical locations and livestock keeping. The products produced by members include cereals (maize, paddy), vegetables, fruits, oil crops (sunflower, ground nuts), legumes, coffee, cashew nut, cotton, livestock (cattle, goat, poultry) etc.   



Main partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD),AgriCord and agriagencies (e.g. Agriterra, Fert, Trias), Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), European Union (EU), Farmer Organization Support Centre in Africa (FOSCA),the Government of Tanzania and of Zanzibar, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), GRET, Irish Aid, Swiss Development Agency (SDC), USAID.

Main projects:

  • MVIWATA Strategic Plan (2014-2019), SDC funded, with main focus on lobbying and advocacy on smallholders related challenges;
  • NAFAKA Project (2013-2019), part of USAID’s Feed the Future initiative in Tanzania, implementedin partnership with ACDI/VOCA. The goal of the NAFAKA project is to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger by improving the productivity and competitiveness of value chains that offer job and income opportunities for rural households;
  • MVIWATA Strategic Plan (2011-2018),Irish Aid funded, with main focus on lobbying and advocacy on smallholders related challenges;
  • Improving production and marketing of high value horticultural produce for smallholder farmers in Uluguru Mountains and Ruaha river basin through increased know-how and market- support services - MALIMBICHI (2014-2017), financed mainly by the EU. The project aimed to contribute to increased and sustainable agricultural production, development and trade in view of economic development and reduction of rural poverty in Tanzania through better opportunities for small holder farmers. It facilitated to enhance smallholder farmers’ income by 20% in Uluguru Mountains and Ruaha river basin (16,900 households) through increased productivity and quality of produce, improved and diversified services at local level, better access to markets (national, regional and international markets) and strengthened value chain linkages;
  • Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) (2013-2017) (IFAD, EU, SDC, AFD financing), a capacity building programme supporting the institutional development of farmers’ organisations. MVIWATA participates in the SFOAP as a member of theEastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF);
  • Innovating Strategies to safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer: A people-centred Approach (Trans-SEC Project) (2013-2017), financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Trans-SEC aims to improve the food supply for the most-vulnerable poor rural population in Tanzania.
  • Lake Nyasa Ecosystems and Livelihoods Project(2011- 2017): Strengthening Farmers Organisations for Effective Service Delivery in South TANZANIA;
  • Farm Risk Management for Africa (FARMAF)(2012-2015) financed by the EU and implemented in partnership withAGRINATURA-EEIG (comprising the Natural Resources Institute of University of Greenwich, CIRAD, Wageningen University; MVIWATA, EAFF, the Southern African Confederation of Farmers Unions (SACAU), the Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA), the Plate-forme Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d'Afrique Centrale (PROPAC), the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and the Confederation du Paysans Fasso (CPF);
  • Enhancing the skills of Farmer Organizations (FOs) under the MVIWATA network for improved market opportunities, increased incomes and improved livelihoodsAugust 2012 – July 2015 (FOSCA and AGRA financing). The project aims at strengthening organisational capacity of farmers, providing financial services and improving communication and information access among farmers;
  • Involving Small Scale Farmers In Policy Dialogue And Monitoring For Improved Food Security In The East African Region (INVOLVE)(2012-2015)(mainly funded by the EU with matching funds from partners of MVIWATA and the Eastern and Southern African Farmers Forum - ESAFF). INVOLVE is a regional project that aims at increasing involvement and engagement of smallholder farmers of East African Community countries in agricultural policy formulation and dialogue. The project partners are ESAFF, Gret and MVIWATA and is implemented in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi;
  • The Climate Change, Agriculture and Poverty Alleviation - CAP (2012-2015) initiative was a partnership between five civil society organisations with a commitment to improving accountability and with specific experience in agriculture (ActionAid Tanzania, Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG), MVIWATA and communities engaged in participatory forest management - MJUMITA). The initiative was an innovative partnership that focused on forest conservation with the aims to steer Tanzania towards an agricultural development pathway that achieves the dual goals of poverty reduction and lower greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Strengthening Entrepreneurship Skills of Producer Groups (2012-2014) Agriterra funded. This project supported three MVIWATA middle level networks of Morogoro, Shinyanga and Kilimanjaro to foster their capacities to address production and marketing challenges of MVIWATA members in the three regions.
  • Food crops wholesale markets development in Mbeya and Rukwa region (2009-2011), EU funded. The project objective wasto secure sustainable access to locally produced food crops for urban and rural populations at less volatile producer attractive prices.  It facilitated to improve and expand into 2 new regions (Igulusi and Kasanga markets) the MVIWATA experience to develop stakeholders managed wholesale food crops existing markets through improved infrastructures and locally managed market boards supporting local entrepreneurs mushrooming around;
  • Strengthening participation of small scale farmers in planning implementation and monitoring of the agricultural sector development in Tanzania (2007-2009), IFAD financing.The project aimed at strengthening the capacity of smallholder farmers to participate effectively in agricultural sector planning to ensure that agricultural plans are based on needs and priorities of farmers;
  • Support to Rural Markets (2006 – 2009), EU funded, implemented in partnership with FERT. The project enabled to capitalise experience gained from the Rural Market Development Project - RMDP (see below), strengthen the market boards established during the RMDP, the market information system and marketing unit inside MVIWATA, and local networks around market places in order to improve accountability in market management;
  • Rural Market Development Project - RMDP (2002-2005), AFD financing. The project aimed to address the problem of rural marketing of crop produce in Kongwa district in Dodoma Region (maize) and Morogoro Rural (fruit and vegetables) in Morogoro Region. The project focused on improving market infra-structure by constructing four half bulk markets in order to improve collection and distribution of food items to consumer location in major cities of Tanzania. As part of the project, 39km of rural roads were rehabilitated to improve access between production locations and the markets. Locations which were unpassable by trucks were able to be reached by traders and therefore reduce transport burden.

Membership in other organisations: MVIWATA is a member of EAFF, the Eastern and Southern African Farmers Forum (ESAFF), La Via Campesina and Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA).



  • AGRITERRA, Rural membership organisations in Tanzania: an overview. August 2009
  • IFAD/SFOAP, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase (including case studies related to success stories), 2013, Available here
  • MVIWATA, Bulletins (2013-2014). Availablehere
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  • MVIWATA, Networking for agricultural innovation. The MVIWATA national network of farmers’ groups in Tanzania, by S.RUVUGA and L. KABURIRE. Available here
  • SNELDER H., Evaluation of Agriterra’s support to capacity development. Based on evidence from case studies in MVIWATA, Tanzania, SYDIP, Democratic Republic of Congo, FEKRITAMA, Madagascar.  2010. Available here
  • TRIAS. Tanzanian youngsters embarking on the business path, 2014.  Available here
  • JM. VIANNEY NTAHOMVUKIYE, Study tour to MVIWATA in Tanzania on the market Information System. 25 to 29 March 2013. Available here


Last update: October 2017