MVIWATA held a promoters training to 224 smallholder farmers in September and October in Shinyanga region, Mkuranga, District and Tabora region. The trainings in each region took ten days and included participants from more than one regions.
During the promoters training held at Ibanza hall in Shinyanga municipal, the participants were seventy-two (72) from five (5) regions namely Shinyanga, Dodoma, Singida, Mwanza and Mara. The training held in Mkuranga, Pwani region had seventy-five (75) participants from six (6) regions namely Pwani, Lindi, Mtwara, Tanga, Iringa and Njombe regions. During the training held in Tabora, there were seventy-seven (77) participants from four (4) regions namely Tabora, Kigoma, Rukwa and Katavi regions.
The trainings had an objective of equipping smallholder farmers with skills of being change agents, train of trainers among smallholder farmers in rural areas. It also aimed to equip smallholder farmers with awareness skills, sustainable production systems, class consciousness, the basics of political economy, public expenditure tracking systems, MVIWATA group and network formations, communications, monitoring and evaluation.
Prior to the commencement of lessons participants are usually familiarized with the History of Tanzania, the pillars of Arusha Declaration of 1967, peasants’ movements around the world and the basis as to why MVIWATA was formed back in 1993.
During all the three trainings held, government officers including District Commissioner, District Agricultural, Irrigation and Cooperatives officer (DAICO) were informed and participated directly and indirectly (through representation) of which they gave their remarks to the participants.
MVIWATA is envisioning to ensure empowered smallholder farmers work together to advocate, defend and advance their interests by influencing policies and systems.