The Rural Livelihood Development Program (RLDP) is an initiative of the Government of Switzerland and supported through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The main concern is the high rural poverty in the Central Corridor of Tanzania, which is manifested by very low incomes and frequent food shortages including lack of reliable/sustainable markets and employment. The programme aims at making market systems work better for the welfare of rural producers. In its final phase which started in April, 2012 and end in March 2016, RLDP is addressing constraints in three crops subsectors namely Cotton; Sunflower; and Rice, along with these subsectors RLDP is addressing cross sector themes namely Gender and Livelihood (Poultry), Rural Advisory Services, and Rural Women Radio.

Two Swiss International NGOs, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) and Swisscontact (SC) jointly manage RLDP. It is implemented through the Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC), a non-profit organisation that was established in 2005.



The vision of RLDP as a development programme is to be a leading facilitator of market development, applying the M4P approach, within its core mandate to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Central Corridor. The sustainability of market facilitation is achieved by anchoring improved market practices with market actors in selected agricultural sub sectors. Interventions of RLDP can be leveraged and roll out in partnership with other development interventions, in changing modalities such as sharing of lessons with other development partners.



RLDC mission is to make market systems work better for rural producers to improve their welfare.


Our Aproach

RLDC follows the sector approach in its facilitation of market development addressing all levels of the market system. Together with leading and innovative partners RLDC intervenes on the market core transaction level reducing risks and transaction costs and introduces innovative and sustainable business practices. RLDC promotes and facilitates market solutions for the sector supporting services (business development, finances, information et al.)