Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania – MVIWATA is carrying out a training on Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) to 31 smallholder farmers and members of MVIWATA in Mbarali District, Mbeya region. The four (4) days training is conducted at Agriculture department conference room found at Igawa, Mbarali Mbeya.
The training was officially opened by Mbarali District Commissioner (DC) Hon, Reuben Mfune who in his introductory remarks thanked MVIWATA for continually advocating smallholder farmers across a number of issues facing them.
He also urged smallholder farmers’ participants of the training to use effectively the opportunity given for themselves and mostly for those who are not part of the training.
In giving welcoming remarks to the DC, Acting Head of Programs at MVIWATA Ms, Theodora Pius said the training will cover theoretical discussions about SAM/PETS, Presentation of public projects found in Mbarali district for social accountability monitoring and presentations from the District Planning Officer (DPLO) and District Agriculture Irrigation and Cooperative Officer (DAICO).
Ms, Theodora, further added that a budget analysis for Mbarali district will be effected and lastly a close-up meeting between government officers and smallholder farmers will be held to present the findings resulting from the Social Accountability Monitoring task of the projects identified earlier.
Trainings for smallholder farmers and members of MVIWATA on SAM/PETS processes and its rationale is part of the reliable strategies of MVIWATA on advocacy and policy changes for the welfares of smallholder farmers.
“THE DEFENDER OF A FARMER IS A FARMER”