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P. O.

Box 8251
VIVA Towers, second floor Office No 8
294 & 295 Ali Hassan Mwinyi Rd
Upanga – Dar Es Salaam
Ph: +255 22 210 3447
Fax: +255 22 210 3448
W: www.helvetas.org
Opening Remarks – HELVETAS

▪ Guest of Honor, Honorable. Dr. Mary Mwanjelwa (MP), Deputy Minister,


Ministry of Agriculture
▪ H.E Roeland van de Geer, Head of European Union Delegation in Tanzania
▪ Representatives from Ministry of Finance- EDF
▪ Representatives of Implementing agencies
o Mr. Fred Kafero FAO Country Representative
o Mr. Revelaed Kataru, Director of Programmes Aga Khan Foundation
▪ Journalists
▪ Ladies and Gentlemen

• HELVETAS is a Swiss INGO working in Tanzania for more than 15 years


mainly focusing on agriculture and primary education areas.

• HELVETAS believes that along with increasing production and productivity, it


is more important to ensure that whatever produced is well preserved and not
lost. Hence postharvest management is one of the focus for HELVETAS while
working in agriculture. And, HELVETAS have been actively engaged in this
sector in sub Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia.

• Our experiences in postharvest management shows that it is important to


build capacities of smallholder farmers for a large-scale adoption of
postharvest practices and technologies to make a significant impact on food
and nutrition security in the country. This is what our Empowering Smallholder
Youth and Women farmers on Rice Post harvest Management (RIPOMA)
project, with co-funding from European Union (EU) is in operation in
Morogoro, Tanzania.

• Also HELVETAS is implementing Grain Post-Hatvest Loss Prevention


(GOLP) project to prevent post-harvest losses of maize.

• Two studies conducted, one in 2012 and another in 2015 by HELVETAS, in


the Central Corridor Regions, including Morogoro had revealed that rice
farming is dominated by subsistence farmers (majority aged 19-45 years) with
P. O. Box 8251
VIVA Towers, second floor Office No 8
294 & 295 Ali Hassan Mwinyi Rd
Upanga – Dar Es Salaam
Ph: +255 22 210 3447
Fax: +255 22 210 3448
W: www.helvetas.org

more than 75%. The studies also found out that farm implements are
dominated by women form 60-80% of the agricultural labor force. Overall
results indicated that youth and women play a significant role in both rice and
maize farming and therefore, special attention is given to empower them with
technical and entrepreneurship skills.

• Despite increase in productivity, the rice subsector in Morogoro region-


Mvomero and Kilosa districts in particular- is constrained by several
challenges, like lack of knowledge on Good Agriculture Practices, harvesting
technologies, understanding of post-harvest loss (PHL) and inefficient and
fragmented market chains.

• A number of proven and affordable technologies in harvest and postharvest


as well as storage devices are available in Tanzania.

• Focus of RIPOMA project are;


Building the capacity of farmers, extension officers on
- Good Agricultural Practices including farm preparation, seedling,
- harvesting,
- post-harvest management,
- value addition – rice parboiling
- entrepreneurship development and marketing
- facilitating access to finance through saving and lending scheme
- Improving community storage facilities

HELVETAS is adopting a market systems development approach that fully


integrates the relevant market actors, including private sector.

• As acknowledged by the agricultural policy (including the National Rice


Development Strategy), other government plans and policies, Post-harvest
management is one of the key initiatives contributing to food security.
P. O. Box 8251
VIVA Towers, second floor Office No 8
294 & 295 Ali Hassan Mwinyi Rd
Upanga – Dar Es Salaam
Ph: +255 22 210 3447
Fax: +255 22 210 3448
W: www.helvetas.org

• HELVETAS has been collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, local


government authorities and other post-harvest management stakeholders for
the development of a National Postharvest Management (PHM) strategy
which has already been validated by the PHM stakeholders and looking
forward to being signed soon by the Ministry of Agriculture for the
implementation which will ensure reduction of post-harvest losses in the
country.

• Thanks to the Government – Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry and Local


government authorities and other PHM stakeholders mainly for an excellent
collaboration with HELVETAS in the mission to reduce the postharvest losses
in the country.

• Many thanks to European Union (EU) as donor of the RIPOMA project and
organizer of this event – EU programme staff, Ministry of Finance, other
organizations on similar initiative and my colleagues for organizing this
important event.

Shiva Prasad Aryal

Country Director

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Tanzania