Muhogo Bora means “Better cassava” in Swahili

We provide support to develop and expand cassava seed systems in Tanzania with targeted outreach to the Western Zone, Central and Southern Highlands regions.

Women, youth and rural farmers have increased participation in and knowledge of cassava markets

More women, youth and rural farmers from geographically-underserved regions participate and benefit as cassava seed entrepreneurs (CSEs)

Best agronomic practices and digital knowledge assets reach more women, youth and rural farmers to increase efficiency in seed multiplication and root production

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seed entrepreneurs over three years

Why focus on women farmers?

  • There are weak linkages within the cassava value chain, which is highly gendered
  • Women were mainly involved in cassava harvesting, processing, and farm gate sales
  • Men played a prominent role in the control of resources, marketing, and income
  • Women were not well integrated in high-value urban and cross-border marketing nodes
  • Policy could target female resource ownership and high-value node participation
Women sit next to piles of cassava

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