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Developing business acumen in horticultural enterprises

The problem

Tanzania’s horticulture sector is ripe for growth. High profit margins and strong demand for processed fruit and vegetable products present opportunities for job creation, poverty reduction and improved prosperity.

Gains in fruit and vegetable production have not been accompanied by improved food processing and marketing capacity, curtailing opportunities to add value to raw produce and create wealth.

Youth unemployment is escalating: every year 800,000 Tanzanians enter the job market to compete for less than 100,000 new jobs. Young women find it markedly more difficult than young men to find employment.

Fruit and vegetable processors and traders provide opportunities for gainful employment for women and youth. However, these enterprises are struggling to expand their operations as they lack the management skills, financial records and assets they need to be eligible for bank loans.

What are we doing?

This project will give 30 small and medium-sized agribusinesses the support they need to evolve into profitable, growing enterprises.

From a ketchup manufacturer to a green bean exporter, the project works with a huge diversity of businesses working across the horticultural value chain. Project activities will cater to the specific needs of each business, but will include:

  • Supporting companies to identify their weaknesses and providing bespoke training in administrative, financial and technical skills to address capacity gaps.
  • Helping enterprises develop professional business cases and prepare for due diligence processes to support loan applications from risk-averse banks.
  • Mapping out the players working across horticultural value chains to identify new activities that can make the enterprises a positive return on investment.
  • Facilitating mutually beneficial contracts between farmers, buyers, suppliers and traders.
  • Identifying and tackling the obstacles facing female and youth-led businesses.

Who are we working with?

This project is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and is implemented in collaboration with Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA).