Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor(SAGCOT) Capacity Development Project



Tanzania has much to do to reduce extreme hunger and malnutrition. The 2010 Hunger Index ranks the situation as 'alarming'. Children in rural areas suffer substantially higher levels of malnutrition and chronic hunger than their urban counterparts, although urban-rural disparities narrowed for both stunting and underweight. Nationally, the percentage of underweight children (under 5's) hardly dropped from 22 percent in 2004/5 to 21 percent in 2010, whilst the absolute number of people affected by chronic hunger remains high: food consumption of 4.1 percent of households in rural Mainland Tanzania is 'poor' and 18.9 percent 'borderline poor' i.e. close to the poverty line.

In response to the above situation, the Government prepared the Five-Year Development Plan and MKUKUTA II, which have become the flagship programmes of the government in response to poverty eradication and promoting pro-poor growth.SAGCOT is part of these plans under the Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First) initiative to promote the development of the agriculture sector .This is the  public private partnership (PPP) well-placed to achieve the objectives of Kilimo Kwanza, in Tanzania’s Southern Corridor which includes the coastal plains and the valleys of Kilombero and Ruaha, as well as the hills and valleys of the Southern Highlands and the Usangu flats.

The project seeks to focus public and private interventions on a high potential region[1] to bring about major benefits to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, domestic food supply, export earnings, local communities and value chain agribusinesses.

Expected Outputs

  • Strengthened capacity of SAGCOT centre to effectively coordinate implementation of the five year workplan

  • Strengthened capacity of Ministry of Agriculture,food security&cooperatives(MAFC) and Rufiji Basin Development Authority(RUBADA) to support small holders farmers engagement in the corridor


Donor Amount (US $)
UNDP US$ 1500,000
One UN fund US$ 500,000

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