Disability inclusion in mainstream value chains

In Tanzania, almost one in ten people is living with disabilities, two-thirds of whom live in rural areas. The coffee and cocoa value chains are both potential growth areas for the Tanzanian economy and entail many different activities, making them an obvious potential source of employment for people with disabilities.


Fermenting cocoa beans in banana leaves. Credit: Traidcraft Exchange/Catherine Gunby


In 2017, Traidcraft Exchange commissioned a study to explore this potential more fully. Based on the study findings, our new project was designed to increase the visibility and voice of people with disabilites in the coffee, cocoa and palm oil value chains.

Project name: Promoting Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Cocoa, Coffee and Palm Oil Value Chains

Where are we working? Tanzania; Kyela, Rungwe, Mbozi and Kilombero districts and parts of Dar es Salaam

How long for? September 2018 - August 2022 (4 years)

Who is benefiting? 1,000 people with disabilities and 500 farmers and micro entrepreneurs without disabilities

Project aims:

  • To provide people with disabilities, and target households, with sustainable livelihood opportunities in the coffee, cocoa and palm oil value chains

  • To improve access to reliable and profitable markets for the coffee, cocoa and palm oil value chains

  • To improve the knowledge, attitude, behaviour and practices of people in the local community towards people with disabilities participating in the coffee, cocoa, palm oil value chains

Who are we working with?  Our partner Shivyawata with funding from Big Lottery Fund.


For more information about this project, please contact programmes@traidcraft.org

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