Tanzania is currently the 2nd largest rice producer in South, East and Central Africa, with rice production having more than tripled between 2004 and 2015. The rice sector is currently a key point of attention for Government and donor supported programs aimed at intensification and extensification, and there is a growing interest in export to supply adjacent Africa states. However, production is currently small scale, with current yields amongst the lowest in the world. and inefficient supply chains, post-harvest handling and poor transport networks. In addition, rice expansion puts pressure on Tanzania’s rich forest lands and wetlands.
This project is focused on two landscapes in Tanzania, both critical for rice production: the Kilombero Valley and North Unguja (Zanzibar). The aim is to promote integrated land and water management, restoration, and sustainable rice value chains to prevent deforestation and land degradation. Expected project results include: 40,000 ha of land restored, 1,202,690 ha of landscapes under improved practices, and 11,686,815 metric tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions mitigated. The Project is aligned with the GEF 7 Food, Land Use, and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program.