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).
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:
HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation
2012 - 2015