The Grain Post-Harvest Loss Prevention Project (GPLP)

The GPLP project aims to Reduced post-harvest losses in food grains in the Central Corridor of Tanzania and improved food security and incomes for targeted farming households as well as rural employment through appropriate technology, capacity building and informed policy.
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.

Implementing partners:

A. Government / Local Government  
  1. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestocks & Fishries (MALF)
  2. District Councils (DAICO)  
  3. Small Industries Development organizations – (SIDO)
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, Dodoma
  2. Tarime Agrovet, Kongwa, Dodoma
  3. Jitegemee Vet Centre, Kongwa, Dodoma
  4. Mpoli Agrovet, Hanang, Manyara
  5. Msuya Agric, Mbulu, Manyara
  6. Dongobesh Agrovet, Mbulu, Manyara
  7. Ngwanaibengwe agrove, Ushetu, Shinyanga
  8. Igembensabo Agrovet, Kishapu, Shinyanga
  9. Baclema Agrovet, Kishapu, Shinyanga
  10. Damian Agrovet, Gairo, Morogoro
  11. JuaKali Agrovet, Gairo, Morogoro
  12. Nuru Farm Services, Gairo, Morogoro
  13. Denis Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro
  14. JuaKali Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro
  15. Manuu Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro
  16. Wanjovu Agrovet, Kilosa, Morogoro 
C. Other Partners 
  1. Agriculture Non State Actors Forum – (ANSAF)
  2. SAHARA Media Group 
  3. Social and Economic Development Initiatives in Tanzania (SEDIT)
  4. INNODEV Consulting Company Limited
  5. Women and Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania (WOPATA)
  6. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  7. Fund for African Rural Innovation Promotion (FARIP)