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  • Community-based Savings Groups (CBSGs) offer an effective means to meet the needs of those too poor or too remote to access services from banks or microfinance institutions. CBSGs are self-managed groups of 15-25 people who join voluntarily and meet regularly, usually weekly.
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  • Rice farmers in Lindi, Tanzania.
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  • The Coastal Rural Support Programme in Tanzania, or CRSP(T), is a multi-input area development programme of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).
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  • In collaboration with the government of Tanzania, under its MKUKUTA poverty alleviation programme, the Coastal Rural Support Programme in Tanzania, or CRSP(T), takes a market development approach to support rural livelihoods and improve the quality of life through increased rural income.
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  • Local farmers are being trained on conservation agriculture in maize and cassava fields, Mahumbika village, Tanzania.
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Rural development

Over the last decade, Tanzania has seen only modest reductions in poverty, particularly in rural areas where 80 percent of the population lives, despite strong economic growth at a national level in the same period. Agriculture is the largest employer in the country (absorbing 74 percent of the labour force), but households engaged in farming, livestock raising, fishing and forestry are among the poorest.