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Session 1 summary of acai use cases tanzania development partners presentation

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Summary and update about the ACAI development partners' activities in Tanzania.

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Session 1 summary of acai use cases tanzania development partners presentation

  1. 1. The primary partners in Tanzania: Summary of objectives, activities and requests towards ACAI MINJINGU, MEDA, CAVA, FCI & FJS www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org
  2. 2. Minjingu Mines & Fertilizer Ltd (MMFL). www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org 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. • Headquartered in Arusha, and with branches across Tanzania • Current production capacity 100,000 to 200,000MTs per year. What we do: • Working with Government and non government organizations providing product use knowledge to farmers. • Works with internal and international researchers improving fertiliser formulations. • Collaboration with ACAI developing 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 cassava productivity • Promote the recommended and blended fertilizers within and outside the project target areas through Extension agents dissemination networks.
  3. 3. Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Goals and strategy • Overall project objective: To enable the commercial cassava seed system in Tanzania, giving farmers timely access to quality-declared, disease-resistant and disease-tolerant varieties in the right quantities and affordably. Current activities/interventions • Increasing 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 benefits over 1m farmers and households. • Working with over 60 government extension agents to recruit, train and mentor CSEs.
  4. 4. Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA-II) www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Goals and strategy To increase the incomes of 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 • Providing technical support in cassava processing. Outreach / dissemination network • Operate in five regions, • Sub offices in Mtwara and Mwanza Regions • Collaborate with 92 EAs 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 cassava roots supply network. .
  5. 5. Farm Concern International (FCI) www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Goals and strategy Farm Concern International, FCI, an Africa-wide agri-market development agency Specializing in; i) Value Chain Analysis, ii) Profitable Smallholder Commercialization and iii) Market Access. Current activities The programme is implemented in Unguja and Pemba islands •Strengthening the capacity and efficiency of farmer organizations through the commercial village Model •Linking cassava smallholder farmers to markets through the Market Hub Model •Enhancing value addition of cassava through village processing Outreach / dissemination network The Commercial Village Model is FCI’s implementation scale up approach; 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.
  6. 6. FJS African Starch Development Cy Ltd. www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Goals and strategy • FJS African Starch Development Company Limited is an agro processing Company in Tanzania, established in 2010. Initially, 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 in the village around the factory. Extension plans to cover growers in a radius of up to 60km • FJS runs a 16 tpd Cassava flour plant at installed capacity Current activities High quality cassava flour production - Farm development and management - Extension Services Outreach / dissemination network • FJS has extension team of 4 staff specifically managing and supervising the farms. Provide ad hoc consultation and training to other farmers.
  7. 7. Use cases request by development partner www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org 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.
  8. 8. Current collaboration with ACAI www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org 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 • An update on the progress of tool development • An understanding validation process plans • Participate in the validation process • 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
  9. 9. Benefit from Collaboration with ACAI www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org 1. Farmers who are participating in trials adopting some of the key GAP methods e.g. seed selection, 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 organizations have widened partners and collaborators database through engaging with several partners under ACAI. (MMFL company to internal and international Development partners). 5.Raised company awareness of the possibility of blending fertilizer for cassava. 6. Strengthened the relationship between Minjingu company and NARI.

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