February 2, 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is implementing an agro-business project that will create 200 enterprises and generate at least 5,000 jobs in Lindi and Mtwara regions.
The AKF senior programme officer for Enterprise and Economic Development, Ms Tahira Nizari, told The Citizen here yesterday that the three-year project was launched on Monday this week.
At least 3.1 million euros (Sh7.2 billion) will be injected into the project.
Of the 5,000 farmers, 2,000 will be women. At least 400 people will be brought into jobs, and at least 200 businesses will be established and supported.
“We will train smallholder farmers to engage in agribusiness projects for generating incomes for their households,” said Ms Nizari.
Financed by UKaid, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the LNG Plant Project and the German government, the project’s long-term plan is to create value chain in agriculture, AKF country manager Abid Mallick said in a statement.
Known as ‘Kilimo ni Biashara’, the project will involve mobilising farmers to create value chains. It focuses on vegetables, chickens, eggs, pulses and rice.
More at the source: By Ludger Kasumuni for http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Business/Aga-Khan-s-Sh7bn-project-to-generate-new-5-000-jobs/1840414-3796884-odofx7z/index.html
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