Tanzania - Special Program for Food Security: Pilot Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 May 2000
Signature Date 30 Jan 2001
Planned Completion Date 31 Aug 2003
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2003
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 768,617.15
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Special Program for Food Security (SPFS) is conceived by FAO with the objective of rapidly increasing productivity and food production as well as a reduction in the inter-year variability in production. The SPFS is composed of three inter-related and complementary components: (i) water control and management (small-scale irrigation, drainage and water harvesting; (ii) crop intensification and diversification into short-cycle animals, vegetables; and (iii) analysis of socio-economic constraints. This project responds to the critical constraints of food insecurity through the testing of water control techniques that can assure farmers of stable supplies of food. It also demonstrates technologies for rapidly increasing production. The project is to be implemented in two phases -- pilot and expansion, with the latter consisting of a food security and agricultural security policy program, an agricultural investment plan and preparation of feasibility studies for bankable projects. As a pilot, this intervention is expected to provide valuable lessons that can be used in the formulation of broader agricultural investment projects. The total cost, over three years, is estimated at UA1.11million.

Project Objectives

The overall project objective is to increase food security at both household and national levels. The specific objective is to determine an appropriate development strategy for assisting farmers to benefit from improved technology on a sustainable basis, and that may form the basis for longer-term investments in food security.


The project will be implemented in three regions (Iringa, Tanga and Morogoro) and targets poor small-scale farmers currently engaged in rice and maize production mainly for subsistence purposes. The direct project beneficiaries, include both men and women (not less than 50% of project beneficiaries should be women), are estimated at 2216 farmers who are mostly poor and currently engaged in rice and or maize production (on an average of 0.5 ha farm) mostly for subsistence purposes.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Tanzania, United Republic of
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives


IATI identifier 46002-P-TZ-AA0-016
Last Update 27 Sep 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Tanzania, United Republic of