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EAFF: Training to the Nronga Women Dairy Cooperative Society (Tanzania)

From 8 to 9 May 2014 in the Moshi Municipality of Tanzania, EAFF facilitated a workshop for 50 representatives from the Nronga Women Dairy Cooperative Society (NWDCS), an active member of the Agricultural Council of Tanzania - ACT.

NWDCS is an association of 443 women who are engaged in small-scale milk production, processing and marketing.  They also grow some annual crops mainly for home consumption (bananas, maize, vegetables, and pastures for their livestock).   On the average each member owns 2 to 3 dairy cattle that are zero-grazed.  The milk produced is delivered daily to several collecting centres; thereafter it is transferred to a processing plant which they own and manage. 

Milk production has proved to be an enviable and lucrative enterprise. As milk flows out of the homesteads, money flows in. Their monthly income ranges between Tsh. 150,000 and 600,000. This amount is higher than what non-members earn. Furthermore, there are two by-products which are useful to members: The farm yard manure which is applied in the crop fields to enrich the soil, the slurry which produces biogas for domestic energy. 

The specific objective of the workshop was to educate the participants on how to: (i) mobilize membership, (ii) improve professional management and service delivery, (iii) enhance members commitment to the organization, (iv) build linkages and promote information sharing, and (v) strategize for financial sustainability.

The report from the training (available below) specifies the list of participants, the methodology/approach used to facilitate the workshop and the main feedbacks and suggestions from participants on the overall organization.

 

 

Photo credit: EAFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

from 08/05/2014 to 09/05/2014
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains
Region: East Africa
Countries: Tanzania