Project Monitoring and Research Manager Ally Mbarouk stated that more than 20,000 Zanzibar smallholder farmers engaged in horticulture are set to benefit from a project to improve the quantity and quality of their products.
Mbarouk stated that the €5 million project was funded by the European Union, being targeted at least 21,000 small farmers in 50 administrative divisions on both Unguja and Pemba Islands.
Mbarouk added: "We need to help the smallholder farmers engaged in horticulture improve production and quality. This four-year project is co-implemented by Tanzania Media Women Association (Tamwa), Community Forest Pemba (CFP) and the Dar es Salaam based People's Development Forum (PDF)."
According to him, the main objective of the project was to contribute to unlocking the potential of Zanzibar smallholder farmers' horticulture value chains to ensure the sustainable supply of high quality products to local, international markets. Production of fruits, spices and vegetables plays a crucial role in the country's anti-poverty strategy as it uplifts the lives of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers, but quantity and quality remained a challenge.
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