The 4th NMDF was concluded on Friday 1st March 2013, at the Hotel Oasis in Morogoro. The two days meeting was attended by good number of representative from both public and private sector actors.

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A gender assessment commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 2010 identified various gender specific shortcomings in its programmes in Tanzania, including the Rural Livelihood Development Programme (RLDP). In the aftermath of the evaluation the Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC), which is implementing RLDP, launched gender trainings for its staff and assigned gender focal persons amongst its partners. In addition, since 2011 one business analyst is specifically in charge of gender issues.

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IMPROVED POULTRY KEEPING CHANGES LIVES IN TANZANIA 

Mariam Paul, 50, is a farmer in Sanjaranda, Manyoni district, Tanzania. Together with her husband she grows maize for subsistence and selling as well as sunflower and chicken for cash. While not the poorest in her village, Mariam was often short of cash when school fees were due or when an unforeseen occurrence happened. Money was always a worry and investment in new business ventures was not an option.

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This is the story that tells about collateral management system in the sunflower sector with CRDB Bank, the first of its kind in Tanzania.

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The term M4P refers to an approach in aid and development known as 'making markets work for the poor'.

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RLDC has continued facilitating market development in the central corridor of Tanzania with a focus on the sub-sectors sunflower, rice, cotton, poultry, and dairy The interventions in these sectors concentrated on the following six main thrusts: integrating farmers’ organisation strengthening as a component in various new partnerships; applying a multi-stakeholder approach and creating synergies between interventions; collecting gender-disaggregated monitoring data on eneficiaries’ socio-economic situation and control over resources as well as service provision. Also, planning for the new phase started during this year.

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In the poverty stricken Central Corridor of Tanzania poultry keeping forms an integral part of household activities, providing food and generating additional family income. Poultry keeping makes an important contribution to the livelihoods of the most vulnerable rural households. Chicken production also improves household nutrition standards and helps meet family and social obligations.

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How can collection centers effectively link smallholder farmers to bulk markets?

The Rural Livelihood Development Company aims to make markets work for the poor and thereby improve their livelihoods. It has implemented interventions to improve the situation of storage facilities in the rural project areas for crop marketing purposes. The main objective was to establish collection centers to create market linkages between buyers and producers or improve the efficiency of transactions, and therefore benefit both of parties. These interventions took place both between 2006 and 2011.

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