The Kigoma region in Tanzania has witnessed a notable rise in poverty levels and is also home to the majority of refugees in the country. The Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP I; 2017-2022) was launched in September 2017 as a collaborative effort by various United Nations (UN) agencies to address development and human security issues within Kigoma. This comprehensive program spans multiple sectors and aims to benefit both the refugee population and the host communities in the region.
Kigoma Joint Program on Agriculture
The Kigoma Joint Programme adopts an integrated approach that tackles a wide range of challenges faced by refugees and host communities. It builds on the existing response mechanisms for refugees and migrants, while also paying increased attention to developing the capacity of the host communities.
Sixteen UN agencies are collaborating across six key themes, including sustainable energy and environment, economic empowerment for youth and women, prevention of violence against women and children, education with a specific focus on girls and adolescent girls, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and agricultural development through the establishment of local markets.
This initiative aims to increase small-scale farmers’ agricultural income and support efforts to combat the impact of climate change. Furthermore, farmers will receive improved knowledge on post-harvest crop handling and gain access to markets and financial resources for their produce. These collective efforts in the agricultural sector contribute to the overall development of the region, creating new opportunities, and reducing poverty, and vulnerability.
Details of the Kigoma Joint Program
The Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP) has entered its second phase from 2022 to 2027. As part of this phase, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) aims to provide 15,000 smallholder farmers in the Kigoma region with access to finance for agricultural inputs and products, with the goal of reducing post-harvest losses.
Through the establishment of stronger savings groups and the integration of e-extension advisory services, financial literacy education, and digital literacy education, the UNCDF aims to help smallholder farmers increase their productivity, improve the quality of their products, and gain access to markets.
To achieve these objectives, the UNCDF is seeking consortiums of local implementing partners, including NGOs, Fintech/agri-tech entities, and financial service providers (FSPs), who can offer bundled services that include access to finance and inputs.
- The successful applicant will receive a grant from UNCDF, which will be provided through a Performance-Based Agreement (PBA) with the organization.
- The entity applying as the applicant/lead applicant must be a registered organization operating in Tanzania for a minimum of three years.
- Only one application is permissible through a consortium under this Request for Application (RFA). Applications must involve a combination of NGOs, fintech/ag-tech, and/or financial service providers.
- The proposed solutions should complement different areas of expertise.
- The applicant/lead applicant must have statutory accounts and audited financial statements for at least three operational years.
- NGOs applying must currently have a presence in the Kigoma region and possess experience in managing savings groups. They should also be open to collaborating closely with private sector actors.
- Applicants must have fulfilled all obligations pertaining to the payment of social security contributions and taxes as per the applicable legal provisions in the country of incorporation.
How to Apply For the Kigoma Joint Program on Agriculture
Please ensure that you submit your proposal through this e-investment platform. Proposals submitted through other templates or sent through other electronic or non-electronic methods will not be considered eligible.
For further information about the program, visit the Kigoma Joint Program Official website.
November 13, 2023.