First, they faced a terrible drought, which was then followed by extreme rainfall. Several failed harvests lead to a big problem: farmers have not been able to find quality seeds. That’s why I reached out to a Tanzanian company called Crop Bioscience Solution ltd. Together we want to ensure that enough quality seeds are available to the farmers.
Through this partnership, 34 acres of land are used for seed production by 14 farmers, multiplying 1.2 tonnes of quality seeds into 20.4 tonnes. To increase the involvement of women and youth in seed agri-enterprises, 25 acres are managed by 5 women and 5 young people in Dareda. They have already started producing quality declared seeds.
What is also important to me is that this operation is not just a one-off donation of 1.2 tonnes of seeds, but it has a strong business case behind it. For every 35kg of seeds given to the farmers, they will be able to harvest 600kg of seeds, of which they have committed to give back a 100kg bag for further circulation in the farmer groups. The other 500kg can be used on their farm or sold to financially strengthen their businesses. In this way many more farmers and communities can benefit!