Impact Assessment

Private Enterprise Support Activities (PESA), Tanzania, DAI, USAID 2002-06

    The DAI PESA project is active in select rural districts in 6 regions in Tanzania (Tanga, Morogoro, Mbeya, Iringa, Ruvuma and Rukwa) that cover 1/3 of the country.

    The project works with producer, trader and processor organizations in the following subsectors: onions, rice, paprika, sugar, citrus, vegetables, sunflower oil and seeds. To diversify incomes and reduce risk, project supported farmers are also engaged in contract growing with chilies, beans and Artemisia and also grow a wider range of commodities for cash and home consumption.

    The project has applied an integrated subsector approach to critical mass commodities that were identified during initial subsector studies. Following this, the project used an association model for the delivery of technical training, business formation and policy advocacy and to alleviate key constraints facing small holder farmers in accessing markets, credit, inputs and government. During the last two years of the project, the focus has been on the strengthening apex organizations and developing socioeconomic alliances.

    The document on the right hand side provides a brief overview of the project with impact information through September, 2005.

    Summary of results
    DAi works with 166 associations representing 21,106 members. Overall member farmer incomes FY 2005 over FY 2004 have increased over 42%, to some $15 million for core crops alone. That is approximately $240 extra per year in the pocket of the average member. Approximately 2/3rds is due to better prices from either up-channel markets or with same markets through increased market understanding, and the other 1/3rd from improved farming, access to inputs, etc.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    Market Assessment
    »DAI pesa - Tanzanian Rice Sub-sector Study, 2003
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