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Rural Livelihood Development Programme

Rural Livelihood Development Programme (RLDP) is an agricultural market development programme in Tanzania, supported by Swiss government through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The programme aims at to improve the livelihoods of farmers in the central corridor of Tanzania. RLDP operates in seven poverty-stricken semi-arid regions of central Tanzania and aims to reduce rural poverty in these areas by linking the poor producers and processors with markets. RLDP's vision is that poor rural households and communities participate in the market economy, improve their material livelihood, and withstand economic shocks by employing their assets and potentials. RLDP applies "making the markets works for the poor" (M4P) approach in its work. The programme operates through RLDC and managed by the two Swiss NGOs; Swisscontact and HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation (HSI).

The Project

RLDP intervenes in the sunflower, cotton and rice core sub-sectors. Along these main sub-sectors the programme also works on media and information services, poultry and rural advisory services as cross-sector services. The programme introduces different innovative interventions that increase/improve the market functioning and along these aims that these innovations will continue even after RLDP phases out its involvement. Therefore, the programme works with motivated partners who are willing to take up these responsibilities in these areas in the future.


Outcomes in 2014:

  • 30,057 farmers accessed improved agricultural extension and advisory services, including crop insurance, apiculture, use of improved seeds, use of fertiliser in sunflower farming, carbon farming in rice, parboiling rice, mobile phone agricultural information via SMS in sunflower, financial linkages, audience research, radio programmes on gender mainstreaming and smallholder farming. This outreach was facilitated through 13 contract farming partnerships (eight in sunflower, three in rice and two in cotton sectors) in 2014.
  • Cumulatively, 88,365 farmers have benefitted through service delivery of 37 partners.
  • The productivity of sunflower has increased from 813 kg/ha in 2012 to 1,138kg/ha; cotton from 1,250kg/ha to 1,700kg/ha; and rice from 2,400kg/ha to 4,200kg/ha.

Project partner

HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation

Project website


Project countries

  • Tanzania

Project duration

2012 - 2015


  • SDC

Working area