In September 2012, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Tanzania was awarded the Soya ni Pesa (Soybean is Money) project. The Soya ni Pesa project is a four-year value project to increase the competitiveness of soybean production and processing in Tanzania. This project is financed through a donation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of US$10.5 million. The stated purpose of the Soya ni Pesa project (SnP) is to increase agricultural productivity and accelerate the commercialization of soybeans from smallholder farmers to supply the emerging demand for poultry feed.
The SnP is strengthening the soybean value chain in Tanzania by working with smallholder farmers and facilitating their integration into markets, especially targeting the poultry industry. Implemented by CRS in conjunction with local Tanzanian implementing partners, the project delivers inputs and training in production techniques, market information and business development to enable farmers to boost yields, add value to their crop and increase household incomes through soybean cultivation. Soya ni Pesa also includes complementary activities to support poultry production by women entrepreneurs, thereby extending the linkages of the soybean value chain.
Since 1962 CRS has worked in Tanzania to address poverty issues through local partner organizations.
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