The agriculture sector in Tanzania still faces multiple constraints, core amongst which is the lack of accurate information on production particularly, the number of farmers engaged in production of crops, their acreage, and yield. The absence of information about the details of the farmers and their activities results into challenges to offer effective services to support them since it becomes difficult to accurately know and plan for needed services. Among the services required is access to credit facilities and good market access. Financial institutions require detailed information about the farmers, their farm businesses and activities of their farmer organizations. Large-scale produce buyers too become hesitant to commit to purchasing from farmers as they lack credible information on their ability to meet their supply demands. These factors lead to farmers’ failure to access financial services and effective markets for their produce
Rikolto is an international organization which has operated in Tanzania for 40 years supporting various beneficiaries who are the farmers, traders, consumers and cities. Globally, Rikolto works to transform food chains an ensure food is produced with respect for people and planet by supporting collective actions, innovations and better ways for actors in food chain to realize their potentials to feed the growing population while caring the nature. In the the current programme, which is phasing out in 2021, the organization has a programme that aims to contribute making horticulture, grains and pulse sector and grains food chains become more sustainable and inclusive for smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Rikolto in Tanzania has adopted a cluster development approach for promoting innovations that are scalable and replicable by supporting farmer business organizations (FBOs) to engage in clusters and value chains.
Programmes focuses to build a strong and professional business farmers organization that can suitably engage key actors in value chains and extend service delivery to members. To attain this, Rikolto in Tanzania requires a service provider to develop ICT Data base for farmer business organizations to collect and analyse data. It is expected that, the ICT platform will enable the FBOs to act effective in value chains, management of organizations effectively and provide innovative and adoptive substantial services to respective members.