Agribusiness

Tanzania Agribusiness Window (TZAW)

The Tanzania Agribusiness Window (TZAW) was established to support agricultural businesses in Tanzania to support smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and income.

Funded by FCDO and Sida, the programme has 52 investees across a wide range of projects, from seed sector research and outgrower schemes to ag-tech investments and vaccine development.

A six-year, USD 6 million initiative

The programme seeks to address the challenges faced by small seed companies in their efforts to produce improved seeds of staple crops, including publicly bred varieties.

  • Improve how the seed market serves smallholders
  • Support greater availability of ‘in-demand publicly-bred varieties of food crops
  • Increase access to other inputs that maximise farmers’ benefits from improved seed including appropriate finance
  • Provide extension services, technologies and output markets

Expected Impact
The programme aims at reaching over 50,000 farmers and improving the lives of 275,000 people in the six countries.

Competition winners
Seven African seed companies from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania, emerged as winners of the inaugural SIP competition which was launched in 2018. The companies were selected through a rigorous multi-stage process.

The companies demonstrated an impressive range of strengths and have great potential for growth and capacity to meet the improved seeds need in SSA.

The competition was implemented by the AECF with initial funding from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.

Funding
The seven companies received funding in the form of grants and concessional loans ranging between USD 250,000 – USD 750,000.

They were also provided with technical assistance on business building, market building, technical support, among other areas.

Areas that SIP funding is supporting
Solutions that improve how the seed market systems works for smallholder farmers Innovative ideas that stimulate and/or enrich/contribute to next-generation approaches in growing Africa’s seed sector, crowding in women and youth (efficiency, productivity, market growth in Africa).

Models that seek to scale new, in-demand publicly bred varieties of food crops (climate-smart and nutrition focus will be considered an advantage. Crops must go beyond hybrid maize).

Ability to leverage partnerships that increase the availability of other key inputs necessary for maximising the benefits of improved seed varieties including farmers’ access to appropriate finance, extension services, technologies and output markets.

More information

View the press release on the competition winners, visit: https://www.aecfafrica.org/index.php/news/ Seeds-for-Impact-Program-announces-competition-winners

For more information about the SIP programme, visit: https://www.aecfafrica.org/index.php/knowledge-hub

For any enquiries e-mail: Senior Programme Officer, John Kavilu on:
jkavilu@aecfafrica.org