New project: Ecosystems for (self) employability in the horticulture sector in Tanzania


MSM in collaboration with the Tanzanian National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET) will start a new 1-year project with a focus on building Ecosystems for (self) employability in the horticulture sector.

The Tanzanian horticulture sector faces challenges related to food & nutrition security due to effects of climate change. Through this project, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) ecosystems will be developed to strengthen the uptake of climate- and water-smart production techniques among farmers. This goes hand in hand with improving practical skills and employability of agriculture college students and graduates.

Through this TMT, MSM, together with NACTVET and the Dutch private horticulture producer Profyta, will develop an ecosystem model that integrates:

  • Availability of relevant & quality agriculture TVET education in the context of Food & Nutrition Security. The project will focus on improving horticulture business growth by using climate- and water-smart technologies. This will result in more opportunities for a new generation of youth and offer new opportunities for female farmers.
  • Key challenges related to a lack of technical & business skills, and the limited hands-on exposure, of agriculture TVET college staff. The project will identify, develop, and implement Training of trainers (ToT) programmes to support NACTVET and TVET staff in building ‘Ecosystems for (self) employability’ in the horticulture sector.
  • Using these ecosystem in linking TVET colleges and their practical training centres with professional networks of farms & agri-firms and other value chain stakeholders. Exchange with professionals should lead to new managerial & technical skills for staff and students, start-up opportunities, and digital toolsets for future use.
  • Training of TVET staff in upgrading their practical training centres. Through ToT’s that involve hands-on training on technical aspects such as quality seeds, climate- and water-smart farming, digital technology & sensors, water-smart irrigation techniques, post-harvest handling, and standards and certification.
  • Improved access to information & eduaction for community youth learners, by rolling out a set of 22 e-learning short courses on plant production through the TVETs. 

The ecosystem approach will be built, implemented and tested at 3 TVETs within the project duration. After the project, NACTVET should have the knowledge and means to roll out the approach to additional agriculture TVETs in the country.

This project will be managed by Hans Nijhoff, Senior Project Consultant at MSM’s Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The project will run from July 2023 until June 2024.

Orange Knowledge Programme
This project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies

This institutional collaboration project is part of MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The department is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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