The GPLP project aims to reduce post-harvest losses in food grains in the Central Corridor of Tanzania1
thereby improving food security and incomes for targeted smallholder farming households as well as creating rural employment through appropriate technology, capacity building and informed policy.
Eighty 80% of Tanzania’s population (44.9 million people, census 2012) live in rural areas and rely on agriculture as their main source of income and livelihood. Smallholders (with less than 3 acres) constitute the majority of the population, 74% of which are women. The Central Corridor, constituting approximately a third of the country is drought prone, and is regularly affected by food insecurity. It is among the poorest areas of the country.
Postharvest losses of food grains in central Tanzania are high, between 15 to 40% is lost from harvest until consumption. An important factor contributing to these losses is the lack of appropriate storage facilities at household levels. Recognizing the challenges of post-harvest loss management in Tanzania, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) entrusted HELVETAS to implement this project with the overall goal of reduced post-harvest losses in food grains (mainly maize) in the Central Corridor of Tanzania. The projects pursues three main objectives:
- smallholder farmers reduce postharvest losses and improve income by adopting better storage management practices and technologies
- creation of a sustainable market for metal silos produced by local tinsmiths, and alternative postharvest technologies (input supply chains for postharvest technologies)
- contribute to improved postharvest policies and framework conditions in Tanzania.
GPLP started in September 2013 and has a planned duration of eight years. Its offices are located in Dodoma.
1Regions of the Central Corridor: Morogoro, Dodoma, Tabora, Manyara, Singida, Shinyanga, Geita and Simiyu
This is a project mandate implemented on behalf of SDC.