Tanzania Daily News Dar es Salaam Arusha Hazla Omar
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Small scale farmers’ groups and growers associations in Tanzania are set to receive major support from international organisations following the recently-signed cooperation agreement between the Andreas Hermnes Akademie (AHA) of Bonn, Germany, Trias and local farmers’ groups.

Described to be part of SEWOH (Strengthening of Small scale Farmers’ Organizations for Sustainable Agricultural Development) through the ‘One World No Hunger initiative’, the programme targets to support member-based farmer organizations in the country that are rapidly heading towards having around 45,000 members.

The cooperation agreement was inked between two sides, one comprising of AHA and Trias while the other was made up of three memberbased organizations: Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA), the Farmers Groups Network of Arusha (MVIWATA- Arusha) and the Farmers Groups Network of Manyara (MVIWATA-Manyara).

Mr Andreas Quiring, the Director of AHA signed for Andreas Hermnes Akademie while Mr Bart Casier signed for Trias.

On the other hand, TAHA Executive Director, Ms Jacqueline Mkindi, and the Coordinator for MVIWATA-Arusha, Mr Richard Masandika, signed on behalf of the member- based associations. “For farmers to perform well in a complex environment, they need strong, politically and economically independent organizations,” said Mr Andreas Quiring.

AHA is a German farmer- based Agri-Agency and capacity building institution affiliated with German Farmers Association currently undertaking the initiative of One World No Hunger project 2015-2019, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

“AHA will contribute financially to the programme since they have long expertise in the two fields of entrepreneurship and leadership development while Trias focuses on general management, organizational development of the three Member-based organizations and on microfinance and value chain development,” stated Mr Bart Casier, the country director for Trias Tanzania. Mr Casier explained that they will specifically deal with value chains for fresh vegetables, onions, garlic, poultry and honey.

To begin with they are going to directly start with more than 11,000 farmers that are to be reached by the three organizations. Trias is an international development organisation headquartered in Brussels said to be working to help make the dreams of enterprising people all over the world come true.

The programme comes in the shadow of the fact that farmers and livestock keepers are usually at the center when it comes to meeting challenges of today’s world in sustainability fighting poverty, malnutrition and hunger.