There is also an additional challenge (as well as opportunity). Climate variability is encouraging investment in irrigation, for which horticulture is well suited. However as studies have shown in the Pangani Water Basin (Northern Tanzania) the uncontrolled expansion of irrigation can exacerbate water stress and cause severe problems for downstream users.
Enable Farmer Organisations to access structured trading systems
Support institutionalisations of new approaches for Farmer Business Organisation capacity development
Rikolto established a partnership with Uganda Fruits and Vegetable Processors Association and is building on the strong results achieved in the past with Tanzania Horticulture Association. Together with these partners a fresh assessment of business opportunities has been conducted and business clusters have been chosen and initiated. These multi-stakeholder processes are expected to bring about coordinated action to enable the business potential to be realized. The clusters chosen contain a mixture of continued work with current farmer organization partners (e.g. MUVIKHO in Tanzania and Kwapa in Uganda) and new farmer organization partners.
When I received a call from MACE Foods, I quickly organised a business meeting between the farmers and the company for three reasons: Ironing out their grievances about the previous contractual period, conducting a cost benefit analysis of growing chili for new farmers and compare it to other value chains, and, lastly, agreeing on a few clauses to consolidate the new contract