Synthesis Documents

The Smart Solution Series on market development: The Aga Khan Foundation's Coastal Rural Support Programme in Tanzania, AKF 2017

    This learning series summarizes the main lessons learned by Aga Khan Foundation’s (AKF) Coastal Rural Support Program Tanzania (CRSPT) over the last 6 years. AKF’s Coastal Rural Support Programme Tanzania (CRSPT) was started in 2009 in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania with the long-term goal of improving the quality of life in Lindi and Mtwara Regions (LMR) through multi-sectoral interventions in the economic and social sectors

    Brief 1: Market Linkages: This brief summarizes the main interventions and lessons learned along the two value chains, promoting input supply, produce aggregation and marketing. It also provides lessons on effective facilitation and designing a program that is fit-for-purpose to achieve its objectives, informed by adjustments made over the 6 years.

    Brief 2: Extension Services: Access to information on good agricultural practices and innovations remains one of the key contributors to enhancing agricultural productivity. This is becoming more important in the context of climate change effects on agriculture.This brief focuses on lessons around extension and advisory services for smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

    Brief 3: Financial Inclusion: AKF’s Community-based Savings Groups programme was established in 2009 in seven countries across Asia and Africa. Boresha Maisha was launched in 2010 in Lindi and Mtwara, two of the most underdeveloped regions in Tanzania. The project aimed at building the capacity
    of local communities to save and access credit, and to enhance their economic wellbeing through reliable access to basic financial services such as savings and credit.This brief summarises major achievemennts and lessons learnt

    Brief 4: Irrigation: CRSPT works with smallholder farmers, local government and private sector to not only improve farming practices but also address the core issue of irrigation and market linkages.Important lessons for future programming on irrigation are summarised in this brief.

    For more information on economic inclusion and market systems strengthening by AKF Tanzania, contact Tahira Nizari, Senior Programme Officer,