MVIWATA was founded in 1993 by 22 innovative farmers from Morogoro, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Rukwa and
Dodoma regions for the purpose of creating a farmer-to-farmer exchange forum. Sokoine University of Agriculture
(SUA) through its Strengthening Communication Project (SUA-SCOM) which guided the initial process in the
formation of MVIWATA.
NGO Act No, 24/2002
Individual farmer membership
Smallholder farmers, artisal fishers, pastoralists and family farmers.
Governance and structure
Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) is organized from the grassroots level where there are individual smallholder farmers organized in producers groups. These producers groups form MVIWATA local networks of groups at village or ward level. These networks from different wards form a MVIWATA network of groups at district level. Different district networks form a MVIWATA network at the regional level. Some regional networks are managed by technical staff who coordinate all the activities in the region. These regional MVIWATA networks finally forms MVIWATA headquarter equipped with technical staffs who foresee and coordinate all the activities of MVIWATA members in the country.
1. Enhanced land security to smallholder farmers
2. Small scale farmers are in control of sustainable production system
3. Inclusive financial access and security for smallholder farmers enhanced
4. Smallholder farmers’ access and control in agricultural markets enhanced
5. Institutional capacity of MVIWATA strengthened
Sectors of intervention and activities
1. Capacity-building and institutional support to members
2. Policy engagement, lobbying and advocacy
3. Provision of economic services
4. Communication and knowledge management
1. Enhanced land security to smallholder farmers:
- Conduct high level consultative meetings with legislators and government officials to share and learn from evidence and lessons on how legislations on land impact on smallholder farmers, including reflection on ways of enabling women and youth to access land
- Conduct tailor-made training to smallholder farmers’ networks (members, leaders and promoters) on land policies (land rights, tenure and procedures) as a way of building their knowledge on land legislations
- Organize strategic campaigns and advocacy initiatives aiming at influencing relevant government authorities develop reform and implement policies which are user-friendly to smallholder farmers
- Facilitate provision of Certificate of Customary Rights of Occupancy (CCROs) to smallholder farmers, especially the female headed households
- Provide legal aid services to smallholder farmers on land issues. This shall include women in threat of losing their land rights
2. Small scale farmers are in control of sustainable production system:
- Conduct consultative meetings between smallholder farmers and key stakeholders to share performance of national agricultural programmes, budgets systems and institutions in agricultural production
- Conduct training to small-scale farmers on tools for monitoring and public expenditure and programmes on agricultural sector
- Promote farmers agenda into agricultural research systems
- Conduct tailor made training to smallholder farmers on sustainable agriculture including management of climate change
3. Inclusive financial access & security for smallholder farmers enhanced:
- Conduct consultative meetings with legislators and policy makers to influence financial policy changes which benefit smallholder farmers through informed evidence from studies
- Facilitate establishment of farmers’ financial institutions
- Build management, governance and business skill capacity of farmers to manage their financial institutions
4. Smallholder farmers’ access and control in agricultural markets enhanced:
- Conduct consultative meetings with legislators, policy makers and other stakeholders to share and disseminate findings through informed evidence from studies on financial policy with the view to influence changes in favor of smallholder farmers
- Train smallholder farmers (MVIWATA members, leaders and promoter farmers) to understand the market-related policies and their impact
- Train smallholder farmers on collective actions and agricultural business skills
- Facilitate market linkage for smallholder farmers
- Collect, analyze the price and market information for produce and disseminate to market stakeholders.
- Supporting Local networks through Rural Tourism activities (TAMADI)
5. Institutional capacity of MVIWATA strengthened:
- Operationalizing Institutional membership record management and verification of the members activeness
- Build capacity of network leaders and promoters on governance and advocacy through the leadership training program
- Implementations of Institutional systems (backstopping and support, internal audit, institutional meetings and partners meetings, systems improvements)
- Institute human resource capacity development program
- Support human resource cost for the institution
- Produce publications on lessons and experiences of MVIWATA, research and studies findings and outcomes of dialogues
- Maintain and update MVIWATA website and associated social media channels
- Monitoring and evaluation of MVIWATA programmes and backstopping
Government of The United Republic of Tanzania, Revolution Government of Zanzibar, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Swedish Cooperative Centre (We Effect) of Sweden, ACDI/VOCA of United States of America, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tamadi.
Earlier MVIWATA worked with such organizations as French Agency for Development (AFD), Oxfam, VECO of Belgium, IFAD, MS of Denmark, Intermon, Republic of Ireland through Irish Aid, European Union, Agriterra of Netherlands, Trias of Belgium, Gret of France, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
MVIWATA is a member of: La Via Campesina, International Land Coalition (ILC), Eastern and Southern Farmers Forum (ESAFF), East African Farmers Federation (EAFF), Participatory Ecological Land Use Management network (PELUM), Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA).
Current programmes are;
- Project Supporting MVIWATA Strategic Plan funded by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
- Project Supporting MVIWATA Strategic Plan funded by We effect
- Rural Tourism activities in partnership with Tamadi
- Mapping of territorial markets by FAO
Recently phased out programmes includes;
- Support to Farmers' Organizations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) 2009-2019, financed by the European Union, IFAD, the French and Swiss Development agencies
Involving Small Scale Farmers in Policy Dialogue and Monitoring for Improved Food Security in the East African Region, funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership between ESAFF, MVIWATA and GRET
- Enhancing the Skills of Farmers' Organizations under MVIWATA Network for Improved Market Opportunities, Increased Income and Improved Livelihoods. The project is implemented in Mbarali, Njombe, Mvomero, Kiteto and Kongwa districts and funded by AGRA
- Strengthening MVIWATA Networks and Producer Groups on Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Skills Development to Ensure Financial Sustainability, the project is implemented in Morogoro, Shinyanga and in Kilimanjaro and is funded by Agriterra
- Farmers’ Voice Project to Contribute to the Empowerment of Smallholders’ Participation in Food Security Related Policy Processes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, funded by European Union. MVIWATA is part of partnership
- Strengthen Advocacy Capacity of Smallholder Farmers in Reinforcing Accountability and Resource Availability in Agricultural Sector, funded by TRUST-AFRICA
- Nafaka Project, funded by USAID through Feed the Future Programme. MVIWATA implements a portion under subcontract by ACDI/VOCA which is the implementer
- Lake Nyasa Ecosystem and Livelihood Project implemented in Kyela and Ludewa districts, funded by SIDA through We Effect
- Farm Risk Management for Africa project (FARMAF), funded by European Union in collaboration with Agrinatura
- Malimbichi Project which aims at development of horticulture sector in Morogoro, Mvomero and Ruaha Valley. The project is funded by EU through EDF and is implemented by MVIWATA in partnership with Gret.
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