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Strengthening Capacities of Smallholder Rice Producers in Iringa District - GCP/URT/148/EC









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    Improve the Competitiveness and Increase Post-Harvest Value Chain of Smallholder Farmers - TCP/URT/3604 2020
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    The United Republic of Tanzania is a low-income rural economy, with most citizens participating in agriculture for household income generation. Agriculture represents about 23 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and 30 percent of export earnings, and employs 66.9 percent of the working population. In 2000/01 agriculture accounted for 31 percent of GDP but has since fallen to 23 percent despite an annual GDP growth rate of 5-6 percent. The poor performance of the sector is caused by several factors, including poor extension services, financial illiteracy and inadequate access to financial services by smallholder farmers. In collaboration with MoA, the project aimed to address these challenges by improving the competitiveness and enhancing the post-harvest management capacity of VC (smallholder farmers and processors), building the management capacity of producers’ organizations, creating sustainable linkages with other agricultural VC actors, and improving post-harvest practices to enhance farmers’ competitiveness. The project also built linkages between farmer organizations (FOs) and other service providers, encouraging the development of a long-term market strategy and contributing to the national objective to increase agricultural productivity and reduce rural poverty. The project was further expected to increase and stabilize the incomes of smallholder farmers producing paddy in Iringa district, building capacity in post-harvest handling and strengthening the commercial relationships between FOs and other rice VC actors. Market linkages between producer and other value chain actors such as traders and processors were established by the project, with 15 new linkages being forged.
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    Support for Development of Organic Rice Farming System in West Kalimantan - TCP/INS/3702 2021
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    Indonesia is currently implementing a national programme entitled Seribu Desa Organik (a thousand organic villages) for rice, horticulture and several estate crops, with the programme on organic rice being conducted by DGFC, MoA As the focal institute, DGFC requested FAO support for the development of organic rice production in the border area of Indonesia and Malaysia in West Kalimantan province Although organic agriculture is familiar to farmers and government bodies in the province, its commercialization is relatively new Current challenges to the implementation of the national programme include the limited capacity of farmers and extension agents, a lack of certification, and inadequate post harvest and marketing facilities Most farmers, farmers’ groups and extension agents lack the technical capacity required for successful organic farming The production inputs approved for organic production are limited and the country has only one certified organic rice institution With regard to post harvest and marketing facilities, no certified organic rice processing and handling facilities or organic trade/market for organic products exist at provincial level Project interventions would focus on improving the efficiency of production and on initiating market demand to establish self sustaining organic rice value chains Where applicable, gender sensitive cultivation practices and tools to reduce gender segregated work and different pay arrangements would be explored, as well as leadership opportunities for women.
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    Restoring Agriculture in the Tribal Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province - GCP/PAK/138/USA 2022
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    Agriculture and livestock account for 97 percent of livelihoods in the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Most farmers in these areas are small landholders engaged in crop production at subsistence level. Despite favourable agro climatic conditions, development is hindered by poor post harvest management practices, lack of storage and transport facilities, and limited access to markets. The prolonged conflicts of the past decade have caused extensive damage to the agriculture sector, while the destruction of market infrastructure has disrupted local supply chains and links with external markets. The abandonment of cropland, depleting food stocks and lack of productive resources to resume livelihood support activities, the loss of productive assets, degraded lands, limited access to finance and diminishing coping mechanisms all threaten the food security of the local population. The project was, therefore, designed to focus on issues of food security and sustainable livelihoods, with an emphasis on enterprise development.

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