MUVI PROGRAMME COMPLETION REPORT VALIDATED BY STAKEHOLDERS
SIDO has been implementing rural business support programme that empowered rural producers to access quality seeds, farms inputs, good agricultural practices and linkage of farmers to the buyers of their produces. The Rural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (RMSMEs) in Kiswahili known as ‘Muunganisho wa Ujasiriamali Vijiji (MUVI)’, was implemented in six regions with each region concentrating on two or more value chains. The aim of MUVI was to strengthen the growth of RMSMEs and their value chain participants by increasing their interaction with viable markets. More than 40,000 Rural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (RMSMEs) have benefited from the services of the programme. The participating regions are Tanga (Citrus, Sunflower and Beans), Mwanza (Paddy, cassava and sunflower), Iringa (Tomato, Sunflower and maize), Ruvuma (cassava, sunflower), Manyara (Leather, Livestock and sunflower) and Pwani (Fruits, Sesame and cassava).
Lots of achievements have been registered out of this programme, which include increase in productivity through accessibility of quality declared seeds (QDS) ,Good Agronomical Practices (GAP), use of proper weight and measure, access to finance, and farmers empowerment through strengthening their association and apexes etc. MUVI had innovative interventions such as introduction and promotion of QDS as one of the reliable means that ensured availability of good quality seeds complying with market demand at an affordable price. This approach has contributed to the success of the value chain promoted in regions where they were applied. The support in improved seedling varieties and clean planting materials enabled the farmers to increase their production and productivity. The achievement was made possible by involving Agricultural Research Institutions (ARIs) in areas of good agronomic practices and application of improved varieties. Farmers learn most by seeing, and in this case agricultural demonstration plots were used as farmer field schools, which proved to be good learning models for farmers.
Working collaboration with other parties like the Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in the specified regions, facilitated enhancement of producers especially groups of farmers in terms of value addition capacities like processing machines, farm implements, collection centers, market infrastructure and availability and application of pesticides.
These are some of the programme achievements that were underscored in the Programme Completion Report (PCR) that was presented and shared by stakeholders in Dar es salaam on 7th March, 2017. The PCR validation workshop brought together stakeholders from all the six regions in which the programme was implemented. The PCR highlighted on the outputs, outcome and impact caused by programme interventions coupled with specific success stories and lessons learnt captured from MUVI beneficiaries. The programme enhanced capacities of all those were involved in value chain development, but also created a learning field to those in the neighborhood.