Strengthening Smallholders through MVIWATA

A farmer in Mgeta area, Uluguru Mountains, Morogoro © FDFA

Over the last 21 years small scale farmer men and women have organized themselves from village to national level in MVIWATA, the Tanzanian Network of Small Scale Farmers’ Groups. SDC’s program contribution to MVIWATA aims at strengthening the capacity of the network to empower its members technically, economically and politically in farming matters in order to contribute to independent problem solving and trigger more pro-poor agricultural sector policies and growth.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Agricultural policy
Business support & economic inclusion
Agricultural development
Agricultural research
Vocational training
01.08.2013 - 31.12.2019
CHF 2'945'000

Approximately 90 per cent of Tanzania's poor people still live in rural areas. Agriculture is the main source of income for the majority of the population (75%). In the last years the GDP has averaged a 7% growth. The agricultural sector has however not benefited from this momentum as much as other more urban sectors. Smallholders’ advocacy capacity is still low while the sector is over-planned by an intricate system of national and regional strategies, programs and policies, which are implemented in ways smallholder farmers lose.


Improved smallholder farmers’ capacity to organize themselves in order to defend their interests and to increase their incomes.

Target groups
  • MVIWATA members (smallholders farmers), staff and board 
  • Private Sector’s Actors (PSA) operating in and around MVIWATA market access and value chain projects and activities
  • Local Government Authorities
Medium-term outcomes
  1. MVIWATA’s capacity to organize smallholders farmers’ and lobby and advocate for their rights is fostered.
  2. MVIWATA’s capability to implement economic empowerment activities is improved
  3. The overall organizational/operational capacities of MVIWATA are strengthened



Expected results:  




Results from previous phases:  

The entry phase has been utilized to identify constraints in MVIWATA’s organization and management. The findings of the risk assessment clearly pointed out which problems to adress and how to prioritize them. Particular attention will be paid to the financial management, the leaderhip skills development and to the monitoring and evaluation. A baseline study and the development of a Result Based M&E system are currently on-going.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner

Other partners



Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'945'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'348'615
Project phases Phase 1 01.08.2013 - 31.12.2019   (Current phase)