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Scaling Up Improved Legume Technologies in Tanzania (CIFSRF Phase 2)

Despite the well-documented advantages of improved legume technologies, adoption is slow. Constraints include the lack of information reaching farmers, along with the availability and affordability of high-quality seeds, fertilizers, and Rhizobium inoculants. This project aims to resolve these limitations to make the technologies accessible to 100,000 small-scale farmers from six districts across Tanzania. Increasing awareness and adoption The project team will use a multimedia approach to inform half a million farmers about the benefits of the improved legume technologies. Tactics include interactive radio campaigns, social media, smartphone messaging, and voice telephony. Researchers expect that approximately 20% of farmers will adopt the new technologies. The team will also conduct subsidized farm-level trials, hold farmer-to-farmer demonstrations, and organize field days. Hub agro dealer model The project will use a hub agro model, which places agricultural dealers at the centre of their communities. This allows smallholder farmers to reduce transportation costs and makes inputs available locally. The project team will train at least 30 hub agro dealers on the technologies so they can instruct a larger number of smaller-scale agro dealers operating across the target regions. Research partners will develop local capacity to ensure that the Tanzanian radio stations, designers, and writers can run similar campaigns in the future. Innovation in legume technologies By improving yields and reducing production costs, the project will increase family incomes and contribute to better nutrition of rural and urban households in Tanzania. This will allow them to consume a wider variety of legumes rich in protein and nutrients. The project will also inform better policies that promote community-based seed systems with high-quality standards. A consortium will implement the project. It includes the following organizations: -African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership in Tanzania -Farm Radio International -Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International Project funding This project is funded under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), an IDRC program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada). oject

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
28 months
IDRC Officer
Marco Rondon
Total Funding
CA$ 1,419,670.00
Agriculture and Food Security
Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
James Watiti
CAB International
Institution Country
Project Leader
Karen Hampson
Farm Radio International/Radios Rurales Internationales
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Mbette Mshindo Msolla
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, Inc.



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Focus group discussion report : outcome evaluation of the scaling up the use of improved legumes technology in Tanzania


CIFSRF final technical report : scaling-up improved legume technologies in Tanzania (SILT) (CIFSRF Phase 2)