About the Tanzania Country Platform

Prolinnova-Tanzania started in 2005. It is coordinated by PELUM-Tanzania, a network of NGOs and CBOs working in the field of sustainable agricultural development, part of the wider PELUM network in Eastern and Southern Africa. Prolinnova-Tanzania aims to build the capacity of network members and partners in Participatory Innovation Development (PID), create a platform for communication and documentation, facilitate networking of farmer innovators and facilitate advocacy work for the protection of genetic resources. Prolinnova-Tanzania partners include MVIWATA, the national farmer network, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Sokoine University of Agriculture, the Cooperative College Moshi, INADES-Tanzania and many other NGOs.

PELUM-Tanzania: Coordinator of Prolinnova Tanzania

PELUM stands for "Participatory Ecological Land Use Management in Tanzania". PELUM-Tanzania is an associate member of the regional network called 'PELUM Association' which is a network of civil society organisations operating in eastern, central and southern Africa to facilitate effective learning and advocacy in participatory land-use management. Members of PELUM-Tanzania have come together to facilitate learning, networking and advocacy in sustainable agriculture. We feed our experiences into a strategic process to influence rural development. PELUM-Tanzania was launched in 1995 and registered in 2002. It has presently 33 member organisations and collaborates with many other partners.

The PELUM vision is that farmers, men and women, especially smallholders, are managing sustainably their environment and have the capacity to identify problems, to experiment and innovate, using locally available resources. PELUM wants to see that farmers are well organised and have formed strong networks to promote their interests at local and national level. It builds the capacity of its members in Sustainable Agriculture, strengthens training skills for empowering farmer groups as well as communication skills, supports members in fundraising and organises action-Learning processes. PELUM gives high priority to gender policies. PELUM-Tanzania is to establish an information centre as a tool for documentation and communication to capitalise experiences and disseminate them in the network.  It is also an advocacy tool with and for Farmer Organisations and Development Organisations to influence Government, Donors and NGOs on development issues and policies based on common analysis between farmers and organisations, especially on free market mechanisms.

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Compilation of PID Cases

A total of eight cases of farmer-led joint experimentation in agriculture or NRM – two from each of the four Country Platforms involved – were brought together in the publication

Report on Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania

As the second in a series of country reports presenting the findings and lessons learnt in the action research on Local Innovation Support Funds, Prolinnova-Tanzania is proud to announce its recent publication FAIR Lessons learnt on facilitating Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania. It describes and assesses the structure, functioning, process and results of LISFs in the Southern Highlands and Central Zone of Tanzania. In its concluding chapters, it points to a number of opportunities as well as potential barriers for upscaling the successfully piloted LISF approach within larger agricultural development and research programmes and organisations in the country.

Strengthening multistakeholder partnerships in Tanzania

Based on six years of experience in facilitating the Prolinnova-Tanzania platform, the coordinating organisation PELUM Tanzania compiled contributions of partners, including farmer innovators, into a booklet entitled Strengthening multistakeholder partnerships: experiences from Prolinnova-Tanzania. The work was co-funded by EED (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst), Germany, and the Dutch Government through DGIS and the International Prolinnova Secretariat at ETC Foundation in the Netherlands. The publication includes case studies of farmer-led joint experimentation.

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