HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

   ELCT/NWD (PHC Programme) has been in partnership with DANMISSION since 2004 to implement projects under the PHC programme of which its outcome revealed evidence based achievements.The final project evaluation of that project which was conducted in 2011, found that there was still a gap in women rights especially women farmers who constitute the majority.
The evaluation however, recommended for the project that will focus on empowering women farmers to advocate for their rights from the duty bearers i.e. the government; policy makers, traditional leaders etc.
Women and Men farmers’ project started in April 2013. It is funded by Danmission and implemented by the ELCT/NWD, the PHC Programme.
The project is based in Muleba District, Kagera Region, currently concentrating in Nshamba and Mushabago wards.

The target groups are farmer’s women and men who are members of self help social groups based in the rural areas.


  Women and men farmers in the targeted areas understand, claim and advocate for their economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.


  Women and men farmers in the targeted areas understand, claim and advocate for their economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.

  Project Goal:
   Improved quality of life and well-being of women and men farmers in the target areas.


   Promotion and advocacy of the rights of women farmers in the target areas.


   1.      Empower women farmers to claim and advocate for equal rights with men to productive assets (e.g. land, finance),personal property,   reproduction and decision making at family level.

  2.      Support women and men farmers economically to increase productivity of their farms and access to viable markets.

  3.      Develop the capacity of project actors and duty bearers (PHC staff, men in the project area, traditional and religious leaders)in rights   based approach, lobbying and advocacy

  Outcome of objective 1.

  •   13% of households have reported to have equal sharing of productive resources at household. Some women have claimed for their rights and won the dispute. The case study on Juliana of \rushwa village is a evidence of this success.

  Outcome of objective 2

  •   2,074 Farmers reported changes in knowledge of economic social and cultural rights; as they have started VSLA.

   A Total of 97 VSLA groups have been formed, are activly operational, 26 groups with a total of Tshs. 134,000,000/=. To date a    total  of  413,000, 000 have been saved by all groups. Savings have graduated and shared among members. Some members received  more than 650,000/= each from their savings and bonus thereof. However, from their VSLA income, some groups support poor families  and orphans, e.g. Tupendane groups is supporting one poor old woman with clothes, beddings, medical care and renovation of her small  house.  


Some VSLA members have started small business like kiosks and their business is doing better

    Training women farmers in entrepreneurship skills,

   Women were trained in entrepreneur skills. A total of 540 Women and 675 Men benefited from these trainings

   Training 48 women groups on improved agronomic Practices total

  This training was conducted in class and onsite training that was conducted by the Agricultural Officers from Muleba district, Igabiro TIA and Maruku ARI.

  Training PHC team on lobbying and advocacy on women rights total

PHC staff from the project office, HU’s and VHW was conducted and participants were oriented on the principles of lobbying and Advocacy. 


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