Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA)
Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) is a farmers organisation which unites small holder farmers in order to have a common voice in defence of economic, social, cultural and political interests of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Literally, MVIWATA is an acronym for the National Network of Small-Scale Farmers Groups in Tanzania. MVIWATA was founded in 1993, by 22 innovative farmers from Dodoma, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Morogoro, Tanga and Rukwa regions for the purpose of creating a farmer-to-farmer exchange forum as a means of enhancing communication among smallholder farmers. Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through its Strengthening Communication Project (SUA-SCOM) guided the initial process in the formation of MVIWATA. It was registered in 1995 under the Society Ordinance Act (Registration number SO 8612). In 2000 MVIWATA was registered as a Trust Fund under the Trustees Act of 1956. Following the introduction of the Non-governmental Act of 2002, MVIWATA was received a compliance certificate in 2007. Under this Act, MVIWATA is a non-profit private organisation. The national office of MVIWATA is situated in Morogoro town. The slogan of MVIWATA is Mtetezi wa Mkulima ni Mkulima Mwenyewe literally means a farmer's advocate is the farmer.This slogan underlines the philosophy of MVIWATA that farmers are the first change agents of their own lives!