In November, communication officers from VECO’s 8 offices across the globe met in Arusha, Tanzania, for VECO’s very first international communication workshop. Our mission? Discuss our future collaboration within VECO’s revamped organisational structure (see “VECO on the move” for more details about this transition). During this 10-day event, each of us had the chance to participate in a “Learning Journey”, a two-day visit to discover some past or current projects that aim to develop a more sustainable, healthy and farmer-friendly food system in the region.
I was lucky to visit VECO East Africa’s projects around Arusha which have focused on strengthening the vegetables value chain from farm to fork. For many years, VECO East Africa has been supporting farmers to become more business-oriented which in turns has helped them become more attractive for buyers such as export companies. The successful outcomes of this programme for farmers have already been quite extensively covered (see project page: fruit and vegetables in Arumeru). Instead, this blog post aims to shed some light on one of VECO’s key strategic partners: TAHA – Tanzania’s Horticulture Association.