The hides and skins sector in Tanzania represents a rich source of raw materials. However, development of the sector is hampered by problems such as low collection of hides and skins, low quality of hides, skins and leather, as well as trade in low value-added products. This project will assist in overcoming these obstacles and improving the collection of hides and skins as well as improving the image of leather and leather products emanating from Tanzania through improved quality, thus boosting trade. Small-holder livestock producers and hides and skins merchants will be trained in the flaying, curing, treatment and preservation of hides and skins. For this purpose, demonstration centres will be established where farmers will receive practical training. These centres will be equipped with flaying and lifting equipment, hides and skin treatment and curing materials. The project will be incorporated in the on-going CFC project on “Commercialisation of Hides and Skins by Improving Collection and Quality in Small-holder Farming Systems in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe”, approved in 2002.