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Session 1 3 acai_development partners presentation Tanzania


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The presentations made by Rhoda Mahava and Samson Oguntoye focused on the summary of the activities they have done together with ACAI in 2018, positive experiences, key challenges, going forward in 2019, and expectations for the meeting.
The highlight of 2018 activities for development partners was the onset of the validation activities for the ACAI decision support tools. Development partner participated in the Training of Trainers and then facilitated the step down trainings at state level for project anchors in their respective states.
Following the trainings, partners established validation trials within their locales reaching a combined total of 741 new trials in 2018. In Nigeria the partners have collaborated with ACAI team on the evaluation of the different formats of the DSTs.
Partners across the two countries are set for the dissemination phase of the ACAI DSTs from 2019 by intensifying field activities and integrating learnings from ACAI into their work plan.

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Session 1 3 acai_development partners presentation Tanzania

  1. 1. The primary partners in Tanzania: Summary of objectives, activities and requests towards ACAI MINJINGU, MEDA, CAVA, FCI & FJS | |
  2. 2. Use cases request by development partner | | Use case Partner Request Best Fertilizer Blends (FB) Fertilizer recommendation Fertilizer Blending Site specific fertilizer use for increased stem and tuber Site-specific Fertilizer Recommendations (FR) Best Planting Practices (PP) Yield enhancing low cost best practices for producers. Assurance of year around fresh root supply for processors. Scheduled Planting (SP) Optimal Intercropping with Cassava (IC) Yield optimization under mixed farming systems High Starch Content (HS) Lower cost of production and maximize yield.
  3. 3. Use cases updates | | Use case Partner Request Updates Best Fertilizer Blends (FB) Minjingu Fertilizer recommendation Fertilizer Blending Site specific fertilizer use for increased stem and roots (MEDA) • Collected Nafaka fertilizer for trials • Waits performance report to blend the required fertilizer • No trials done for fertilizer that will promote stem yield (MEDA) Site-specific Fertilizer Recommendations (FR) MEDA & Minjingu Best Planting Practices (PP) C:AVA II Yield enhancing low cost best practices for producers. Assurance of year around fresh root supply for processors. • Validation ongoing for SPT Scheduled Planting (SP) C:AVA II Optimal Intercropping with Cassava (IC) FCI Yield optimization under mixed farming systems • Trials management and data collection • Validation to take place in 2019 High Starch Content (HS) FJS Lower cost of production and maximize yield. • On going validation trials
  4. 4. Current collaboration with ACAI | | As ACAI and primary partners we have engaged together in… • Trial site selection • Establishment of trials • Conduct training • Linkage to the extension agents • Tool development • Baseline study • Validation trials • Get update on the progress of tool development eg Intercropping • Get to understand the plans for validation process on Intercropping • Participate in the validation process FR • A feel of how the tools work -Test the tools in the networks for validation before they are released • An understanding of the tool package requirements • Sustainability plans • Informed on timeline to accomplish
  5. 5. Benefit from Collaboration with ACAI | | As primary partner and beneficiaries in our network we have engaged together in… 1. Farmers who are participating in ACAI trials are adopting some of key GAP such as selection of seed, plant spacing , weeding time, harvesting time, and application of fertilizer. 2. EAs are appreciating scientific process, use of rain gauge, different planting time between the main crop and intercrop, the difference in yield between improved and local varieties, etc. 3. Staff are getting new knowledge through participation in field activities, planning meetings and conferences. 4. The organization has widened partners and collaborators database through engaging with several partners under ACAI. (MMFL company to internal and international Development partners). 5.The project(ACAI) raised awareness to the company on the possibility of blending fertilizer for cassava. 6. Through ACAI project the relationship btn Minjingu company and NARI's has been strengthened.
  6. 6. Reference slides
  7. 7. Minjingu Mines & Fertilizer Ltd (MMFL). | | WHO we are: • One of the two major fertilizer companies in Tanzania • Deals in fertilizer Extraction & Blending • The Factory located in Minjingu village-Manyara region (Northern Tanzania) where the deposit of Organic rock phosphate is found. • Headquarter office is in Arusha, and other branches elsewhere in Tanzania • We currently have the capacity of producing 100,000 to 200,000MTs per year. What we do: • Working with Government and non government organizations in taking knowledge to farmers on the use of its products. • Working with both internal and international researchers on improving fertiliser formulations. • Collaboration with ACAI in the development of FR & FB decision support tools (DSTs). • Blending our current formulations of NPKS+ and Top Dressing fertiliser with N:27,P205:10 and Cao:15 Goals and strategy/How we operate: • Collaborate with the ACAI project to recommend and blend appropriate fertilizers to increase the productivity of cassava • Promote the recommended and blended fertilizers within and outside the project target areas through Extension agents dissemination networks.
  8. 8. Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | | Goals and strategy • The overall objective of the project is to enable the commercial cassava seed system in Tanzania, through which farmers will have timely access to quality-declared, disease-resistant and disease-tolerant varieties in the right quantities and at a price they can afford. Current activities/interventions • Increases the use of superior, disease-resistant cassava varieties preferred by smallholder farmers and other commercial seed supply chain stakeholders • Strengthening government-enabled quality assurance • Strengthening commercial supply chain of cassava seed system Outreach / dissemination network • The project is building a sustainable Cassava seed system with over 430 cassava seed entrepreneurs • Working in 11 regions in three zones (Southern Zone, Lake Zone, and Eastern Zone • Approximately 29,000 smallholder farmers, and indirectly benefit over 1 million farmers and their household members. • We are working with over 60 government extension agents to recruit, train and mentor CSEs.
  9. 9. Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA-II) | | Goals and strategy To increase the incomes of the smallholder farmers (SHFs) through participation in profitable and sustainable value-added cassava chains in Tanzania to create demand for 188,362 tons of fresh cassava roots. Current activities/interventions • Demonstration of high yield low cost production practices • Promoting investment in cassava processing and utilization • Provide technical support in cassava processing. Outreach / dissemination network • Operate in five regions, • Sub offices in Mtwara and Mwanza Regions • Collaborate with 92 AEs to provide support services to farmers and processors on Agronomy, processing and market linkages across the Project area. • Working with medium, small scale and group processors in building network of cassava roots supply. .
  10. 10. Farm Concern International (FCI) | | Goals and strategy Farm Concern International, FCI, is an Africa-wide agri-market development agency specialized in; i) Value Chain Analysis, ii) Profitable Smallholder Commercialization and iii) Market Access. Current activities The cassava programme in Zanzibar has been designed to graduate cassava into mainstream value chain in industrial and food markets through processing, value addition and enhanced commercialization and market access. Outreach / dissemination network The Commercial Village Model is FCI’s implementation approach for scale up; an innovative mass marketing system designed for high impact among large numbers of smallholder farming households through a multi-value chain focus embedded with a real-time data capture process for impact and evidence documentation. The Commercial Village Trade Facilitators (CVTF)/EAs supervises dissemination and training of farmers.
  11. 11. FJS African Starch Development Cy Ltd. | | Goals and strategy • FJS African Starch Development Company Limited is agro processing Company in Tanzania, established in 2010. Initially, the company was promoted by a Private US Foundation, The Fredric & Jocelyn Scheer Foundation, the goal is to develop cassava sub – sector by promoting cassava production, processing and marketing. • FJS has more than 300 out growers and 7 collection centers located in the village around the factory, but the planning is to reach many out growers up to 60km radius • FJS runs a 16 tpd Cassava flour plant at installed capacity Current activities - Production of High quality cassava flour - Farm development and management - Extension Services Outreach / dissemination network • FJS has extension team of 4 staffs who specifically manage and supervise the farms. They also provide consultations and training to other farmers from time to time.