Korogwe Productivity Project (KPP)


Korogwe Productivity Project (KPP)

The Korogwe Productivity Project (KPP) underscored the commitment of EFF to enhance agricultural practices and alleviate poverty in Tanzania's Tanga region across 20 villages focused on improving the productivity of pigeon pea, green gram, maize, cowpea, and sesame. The project aimed to introduce two key pulses, pigeon pea and green gram, to uplift smallholders and improve household income. EFF strategically invested in an agronomist and provided comprehensive farmer training through government field extension staff. Demonstration plots were established to showcase high yielding seed varieties and provide technical training to farmers. By encouraging the formation of farmer groups, EFF linked the producers to ETG as a buyer. A quality declared seed (QDS) multiplication scheme was also set up in collaboration with Tanzania’s certification body, TOSCI, to ensure local access to good quality seeds.

In the face of challenging conditions, the project achieved remarkable success. Yields per acre, starting from ground zero, rose to an average of 300 Kg/acre for pigeon pea and 350 Kg/acre for green gram. Responding to the pulses crisis in 2017, EFF adapted its approach, promoting sesame cultivation and providing the necessary training to farmers. Collaborating with schools, EFF established sesame QDS to distribute sesame seeds amongst the farmer groups. In March 2019, approximately 300 farmers participated in a nutrition training to gain insights into cooking with pigeon pea that were stored in huge quantities at household level.

EFF reached over 3,000 smallholder farmers over the course of the project, which left a lasting impact on the smallholder farmers, fostering sustainable farming practices in the face of adversity.

Agricultural Productivity: Enhance agricultural productivity through sustainable and climate-smart practices, improved access to quality seeds, fertilisers, and modern technologies, and training for small-scale farmers. b. Irrigation and Water Management: Promote water conservation techniques, efficient irrigation systems, and integrated water resource management to ensure a reliable water supply for agriculture. c. Diversification: Encourage crop diversification to enhance food availability and household nutrition by promoting the cultivation of smart food crops and high-value crops for increased income generation. d. Storage and Distribution: Strengthen post-harvest management and improve storage infrastructure to reduce household food losses; and promote efficient aggregation systems for improved inputs distribution and access to markets. e. Market Linkages & Financial Services: Support the establishment or farmer cooperatives/ organisations for effective produce aggregation and market linkages, and provide technical assistance to enable small-scale producers to access domestic and international markets and financial services, fostering income generation and economic growth. f. Skills Training and Capacity Building: Facilitate agronomic training, entrepreneurship development, and business management skills to enhance the capacity of smallholder farmers and communities to generate sustainable incomes.
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