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Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) Tanzania

Rice is the fastest growing food source in Africa. Demand for rice has been growing at a rate of about 4.6% per annum between 2000 and 2010 – faster than anywhere else in the World and by far outstripping the sub-region’s population growth of 2.6%. This trend is predicted to continue for the next 8-10 years mainly due to population increase, urbanization and changes in consumption patterns.

Despite Tanzania being the main rice producer in the East African Community (EAC) region, several challenges hinder the sector from thriving. Such challenges include: i) inadequate development and availability of improved seeds resistant or tolerant to major biotic and abiotic stresses; ii) deterioration of irrigation and drainage infrastructure iii) inadequate development and availability of improved post-harvest processing technologies and value addition (grading and packaging) processes; iv) low use of labour saving technologies and inadequate technology uptake; v) inadequate access to credit by farmers, traders and processors; vi) poor communication, transportation and marketing infrastructure; and vii) limited participation of private sector in rice value chain due to inadequate financial capabilities and inadequate availability of information on markets.

CARI aims to address some these challenges.
To access the CARI page, click here
To download the Rice Sector Analysis Report, click here
For details about CARI – Africa, visit www.cari-project.org

Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT)

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda (GOU)are supporting the Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) in Uganda. The DIMAT project aims to address most of the challenges cited in Uganda’s agriculture Development Strategy Investment Plan (DSIP), through contributing to its Programme 2 “Market Access and Value Addition”. By building on inclusive business approaches, the implementation strategy involves adoption of a business linkage approach.

To the period ending June 2014, DIMAT delivered outputs within the following result areas;i) Establishment and operationalization of sustainable business linkages; ii) Development and operationalization of innovative pro-poor business concepts under the larger BCtA principle; and iii) Enhanced access to assets for productive use to increase productivity and profitability,  click here to download the DIMAT Results Fact Sheet.

About Kilimo Trust

Our Vision
Broad-based wealth creation in East Africa through agriculture and agri-business development.

To catalyze the growth and competitiveness of strategic agricultural sectors for the benefit of a large number of people in East Africa.

Is to make agricultural markets work better for the reduction of poverty and elimination of hunger.

Kilimo Trust is committed to supporting the people of East African Community (EAC) Region, to achieve market-based solutions to food and nutrition security. Therefore, the core business of the Trust is tosupport the transformation of food and nutrition security in the EAC Region away from high risk subsistence farming into lower risk trade-based systems.  

To facilitate this, the Trust is a coordinating HUB for regional markets development programs providing regional solutions to local problems in ways that enhance security of incomes, food, and nutrition in the region.

The ambition is to achieve a trade-based food security system in which all consumers including those who are in farming obtain most of the food they consume by purchasing food that is increasingly processed, stored and distributed to meet different needs and preferences.

Why is this important? Because, the very low levels of specialisation in the production of food commodities by smallholders within EAC, dominated by subsistence farming, encourage the production of food commodities in unsuitable agro-ecological zones, leading to perpetuation of hunger and poverty.
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Latest News
Farmers Reap BIG in Rwanda from an All-Partner-Friendly Value Chain Financing Model under BEST-EAC implemented by Kilimo Trust
Directory of Value Chain Actors in Cross Border Trade in EAC Launched
International Water Management Institute of the CGIAR approves a two year project led by Kilimo Trust.
IFAD Approves ‘Regional East African Community Trade in Staples’ (REACTS) Project
Reacts is a three year project to be implemented by Kilimo Trust in collaboration with IFAD supported projects in the EAC to build a foundation for a long-term programme that will leverage investment by others to effectively link the small-scale farmers (women, men and youth) producing food commodities, to regional and/or cross-border markets (esp. urban) in East Africa. Readmore
CTA Approves an Eight Month Project on “Development of Training of Trainers’ Manual” for Promotion of Agricultural Value Chains in the ACP Countries
Adaptation to modern value chains is constrained by skill gaps. Such gaps can, in part, be addressed through capacity building but, to date, there is limited training material available to farmers, service providers, companies and students on value chains, agribusiness and related topics. What is available has often been prepared for one country or one project in one country and may not be relevant to others. Moreover, there is relatively little generic material available that can be used in one region or, indeed, throughout the world or that can serve as a basis for adaptation to suit local circumstances. It is on this basis that CTA commissioned Kilimo Trust to develop a Training of Trainers’ manual to build capacity of Value Chain Operators in the ACP countries. Readmore
Increased Efficiency will Enable Locally Produced Rice to Compete with Cheap Imports
At the AGRF 2014, the President of IFAD Leads a Call for More Focus at Building Commercially Viable Enterprises of Smallholder Farmers.

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Farmers Access Improved Bean Seed In Bulk, For The First Time
The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) to Support Smallholders in Tanzania to Enhance Incomes and Wealth Creation

EIF Executive Secretary Visit
Over 30 Business Deals Sealed!
The Hand Hoe is the Enemy!
The Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Kenya becomes the Ambassador of Kilimo Trust
Towards Making Markets Work Better for Agricultural Value Chains in Uganda

Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT)

Kilimo Trust Launched its "Bean Enterprises and Structured Trade in the EAC

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Kilimo Trust  Uganda
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Telephone: +256 312 264 980/1
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Kilimo Trust Tanzania
First floor Plot 1481, Rufiji Street, Masaki, Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Telephone: +255 22 260 0506
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