Italian  French FAIR AGRO-ZOOTECHNICAL REGIONAL EMPOWERMENT IN TANZANIA (AID.10929 / COPE / TZA) The project intervenes in the Ruvuma region, in Tanzania. The project’s local counterpart is the Mahinya Rural Agriculture and Sustainable Livestock Center – CRAS (Mahinya Training Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Livestock,, AID.8178 / FOCSV / TZA). This initiative aims to implement a governance system that fosters dialogue and synergies between the public and private sectors to develop the dairy industry and improve the quality of local veterinary services through training, research, the creation of new employment opportunities and support for consortium business, with particular emphasis on the gender component. Tanzania, in fact, despite being one of the richest African countries in terms of natural resources and food, has reached a level of scarcity and serious food insecurity. This has negative consequences on health, especially for the younger age groups (32.1% of children are undernourished, 14% underweight, 37.4% suffer from rickets). The national economy is facing a growing demand for safe milk consumption at an affordable price, which however local industry can not guarantee. In fact, milk production in the rural context is mostly destined to domestic consumption only, or to the local informal market. As a result, if the milk is not consumed or sold within a few hours after milking, it is thrown away. The structural causes of the milk supply chain are due to the poor training of farmers on sustainable breeding techniques, evident lack of milk storage systems spread over the rural territory, lack of a health control system for traceability of products and animals, and and finally, the absence of incentives for the inclusive development of small / medium-sized enterprises and female entrepreneurship. The direct beneficiaries of the project are 700 small breeders (of which at least 30% are women) and 30 veterinary agents; however, the entire population of the Ruvuma region and the adjacent regions of Mtwara and Lindi will benefit indirectly. PROJECT PARTNERS: – Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine DIMEVET, UNIBO (IT) – Vet for Africa – Circolo Acli (IT), – Ruvuma Fresh Milk Company Limited – RUFCO (TZ), – Ruvuma Regional Office (TZ), – Ndalenda NGO (TZ). GENERAL OBJECTIVE Activate cooperation processes between local public bodies and non-state actors in Tanzania with the aim of creating a governance model based on innovative protocols in support of public services, local entrepreneurship, and food security. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE Encourage synergies between the public and private sectors in the Ruvuma Region to develop the dairy industry and improve the quality of local veterinary services through training, research, creation of new employment opportunities and support for consortium entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on the component gender. R1 Identify good practices of collaboration between regional veterinary services, training institutions, producers’ organizations and the dairy industry of the Ruvuma Region for the sustainable management of pastoral resources, animal husbandry and consortium entrepreneurship. R2 Facilitated the development of the milk supply chain through technical training of breeders and technical-logistic support to the RUFCO “Ruvuma Fresh Milk Company” local dairy industry. R3 Improved levels of productivity and zootechnical genetic quality through controlled reproduction techniques; increased the safety of products derived from animals through the epidemiological research of zoonoses; improved the out-reach system of veterinary assistance through the provision of local veterinary services of instruments for the analysis and control of animal health on the territory; increase the skills of farmers on hygiene protocols. FINANCEMENT: € 622.789,29