LIMAS has provided technical support and grants to entrepreneurs and business entities to support development of sustainable and profitable agribusinesses.

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LIMAS Project Winding Out

Lindi and Mtwara Agribusiness Support project LIMAS has since 2011 assisted farmers, traders, food processors and forest managers to generate and exploit profitable business opportunities in Newala and Liwale and surrounding districts.

Gender equity, sustainable use of natural resources, adaptation and resilience to climate change and reducing of inequalities have been central cross-cutting objectives.

The project will be phasing out from Mtwara region by the end of 2015, and from Liwale in Lindi region by mid-2016.

See the LIMAS end-line household survey report here >

LIMAS has supported several agribusiness initiatives: supply of eggs and poultry meat, pigeon pea contract farming, rice production, small-scale cashew roasting, organic produce supply, vegetable and honey production and local supply of certified seed. In addition, access to local business development and private extension services and availability of good quality farm inputs in the region has been promoted. Around 1200 farmers were engaged in these initiatives during cropping seasons in 2011-2015.

Participatory forest management (PFM) has successfully been promoted in Liwale around Angai forest covering 160,000 ha of woodland. Over 30,000 people live in the 24 villages in the targeted area. Five of the villages have by now started selling timber from their village forests, four more are soon commencing with sales. After approval of four forest management plans that are ready a total of 13 villages in Angai will have the right to trade their timber and use the revenues as decided by the community. The work will continue in 2016 by LIMAS team, and thereafter as part of a national forestry development programme in cooperation with Tanzania and Finland.

Conservation agriculture (CA) has been promoted in Newala and Liwale districts through village extension officers, Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute (MATI) in Mtwara and Kitangari Teachers College (KTC) in Newala. Around 2,400 farmers, over 100 extension workers, over 1,700 MATI students, over 1,300 teacher students, around 200 primary school teachers and over 20,000 primary school pupils have been trained in CA theory and field practice. High yields are the key reason for farmers to adopt the recommended CA practices. In addition to increase yields, CA has potential to strengthen resilience to climate change.

Village Community Banks (VICOBA) were established in Newala and Liwale to assist small businesses access affordable loans and to enhance social security in the communities. The initiative has been well received and proved sustainable. 1200 VICOBA members continue conducting their weekly meetings and issuing loans. Over 64% of members are women, and more than half of the members run their own business activities. VICOBA groups have been supported by trained facilitators from the community, and by District Community Development Department.

LIMAS has been funded jointly by the Governments of Tanzania and Finland and implemented in accordance with the development policies of the two Governments, MKUKUTA in Tanzania and Finnish Development Policy, which both target at poverty eradication. Technical assistance to LIMAS is provided by NIRAS.