Lutheran World Relief Foundation

Introduction:


Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term.

In Tanzania, LWR operates as a social enterprise along the rice, horticulture coffee and grape value chains in Morogoro, Iringa, Kagera and Dodoma, respectively, serving about 18,000 smallholder farmers. By investing resources in improved practices for growing, processing and storing their crops, smallholder farmers can increase the quantity and quality of their crops, allowing them to maximize the benefits from their production. These benefits are multiplied when farmers work through farmer organizations.

LWR strengthens producer associations to help them improve their production quality and increase quantity to consistently meet market standards, mitigating the risk to creditors and suppliers of those associations by ensuring the reduction in supply chain disruptions and the reliability of production output. LWR understands the constraints, interests and needs of our private sector partners, as well as the unique challenges faced by smallholder farmers. LWR improves supply and creates linkages along value chains that benefit producers, contribute to environmental sustainability and create profits for socially responsible businesses.

LWR has a secure market to farmers and will engage smallholder farmers to develop financing projects that would qualify for CTF Matching Grant.

Current Activities Targeting Smallholders Farmers:


  1. 1. Provision of machines and equipment for processing grapes into grape juice.

    2. Facilitate access to credit, improved agricultural inputs and techniques.

    3. Construction of post-harvest storage facilities and training on improved post-harvest handling techniques to conserve quality of produce.

    4. Facilitate access to output markets by linking smallholder producers to the offtakers.

    5. Facilitate capacity-building programs and training of farmers in good agronomical practices.

Strength:


1. Developed a tool kit and training methodology for smallholder producers which can be up-scaled and tailored for different value chains.

2. Created a database of smallholder farmers through ICT, identified their constraints and started working on solutions for strengthening their participation in profitable agribusiness.

3. Linked farmers to offtakers to provide readily available markets.

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