The Grain Post-Harvest Loss Prevention Project (GPLP)

The GPLP project aims to reduced postharvest losses in food grains in the Central Corridor of Tanzania and improve food security and incomes of targeted farming households
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.

Postharvest Loss (PHL) in Tanzania, including in the Central Corridor are high and contribute to loss of income and to food insecurity. PHL ranges between 15 to 40% for different crops, but are of particular concern for grains, especially cereals and pulses, which form the base for food and income for the majority of rural Tanzanians. Awareness among farmers about PHL and knowledge about improved Post-Harvest Management (PHM), including various PH practices (PHP) and technologies (PHT) and best practices remains low. Extension services do often not include PHM training and farmers’ access to PHT input providers remains limited. Farmers and MSME’s (micro, small and medium enterprises) face difficult to access financial services, which could allow them to invest in PHT or other expansion of business. While women are highly involved in the PHM process, there is a wide gender-gap in rural communities, with women being in a disadvantaged position in relation to men, in access and control over resources as well as in decision-making. Similarly, youth is discouraged to engage in agriculture as it is associated with survival rather than a way out of poverty and prosperity.

Recognizing the challenges of postharvest loss management in Tanzania, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) entrusted HELVETAS to implement this project. The projects pursues three main outcomes:
  1. Targeted smallholder farmers have access and adopt effective postharvest management practices and technologies
  2. Postharvest policies and framework conditions are improved in Tanzania through implementation of PHM strategy and by-laws
  3. Postharvest management stakeholders have access to information that enables decision making towards reducing postharvest losses
The project started in September 2013 and completed Phase I in December 2017. The Phase II starts from January 2018 untill March 2020.

GPLP uses the Market System Development (MSD) approach to strategically implement the project. The MSD is guided by the four underlying principles: systemic action in market systems, sustainable change by involving actors with incentives to contribute to long-term change, large-scale impact on the lives of poor farmers and taking a facilitative role by the project. Interventions in each district will be planned based on the need and status of the district.

1Regions of the Central Corridor: Morogoro, Dodoma, Tabora, Manyara, Singida, Shinyanga, Geita and Simiyu
This is a project mandate implemented on behalf of Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

Project partners:

A. Government / Local Government  
  1. Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)
  2. District Councils
  3. District Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperatives Office (DAICO)  
  4. Small Industries Development organizations – (SIDO)
  5. Presidents Officer - Regional Adminstration and Local Governance (PO-RALG)
B. Private Sectors
  •  PHT Producers 
  1. Pee Pee Tanzania Limited (PPTL), Tanga (producers of PICS bags) 
  2. A to Z Textiles Limited, Arusha (producers of AgroZ bags) 
  • Agrodealers 
  1. Mringo Agrovet, Kondoa, Dodomaa
  2. Jitegemee Vet Centre, Kongwa, Dodoma
  3. Mpoli Agrovet, Hanang, Manyara
  4. Msuya Agric, Mbulu, Manyara
  5. Dongobesh Agrovet, Mbulu, Manyara
  6. Ngwanaibengwe agrove, Ushetu, Shinyanga
  7. Igembensabo Agrovet, Kishapu, Shinyanga
  8. Baclema Agrovet, Kishapu, Shinyanga
  9. Damian Agrovet, Gairo, Morogoro
  10. JuaKali Agrovet, Gairo, Morogoro
  11. JuaKali Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro
  12. Manuu Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro
  13. Wanjovu Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro 
C. Other Partners 
  1. Agriculture Non State Actors Forum – (ANSAF)
  2. SAHARA Media Group 
  3. INNODEV Consulting Company Limited
  4. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  5. Fund for African Rural Innovation Promotion (FARIP)
  6. University of Dodoma (UDOM)
  7. Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)
  8. Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Zurich (CCRS / UZH)
GPLP Phase II - Theory of Change
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